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SUNY Cobleskill Men's Swimming and Diving Wins 2017 NEAC Championship

Written By Editor on 2/13/17 | 2/13/17

The SUNY Cobleskill men’s swimming & diving team captured their second North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship in the last three seasons in dominant fashion over the weekend at the 2017 NEAC Championships hosted by Cazenovia College. The Fighting Tigers posted a team total of 621 points to finish 237 points ahead of their nearest competitors by winning six individual event titles and all five of the relays at the meet.

Junior Anthony McGorsik, East Hampton, N.Y., East Hampton High School, was the team’s top individual finisher winning: the 50-yard freestyle in 22.71 seconds, the 100-yard freestyle in a conference record time of 49.45 seconds and the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.20 to earn All-NEAC First Team honors in each event.
The Orange & Black also received strong individual performances from: sophomore Sam Datri, Ravena, N.Y., Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, who won the One Meter Diving with a score of 403.65 points to earn All-NEAC First Team honors while placing second in 100-yard individual medley in 1:00.12 and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.48 to earn All-NEAC Second Team honors both races, sophomore Mike Girolamo, Waverly, N.Y., Waverly High School, who won the 1650-yard freestyle in 19:30.29 to garner All-NEAC First Team honors to go with a second place finish in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:57.44 to earn All-NEAC Second Team honors and a third place finish in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:24.08 to take All-NEAC Third Team honors, and from junior Joslen Pettit, Gloversville, N.Y., Gloversville High School, who won the 200-yard butterfly in 2:19.33 to take All-NEAC First Team honors to go with a third place finish in the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.16 to bring home All-NEAC Third Team honors in the race.
Sophomore Mick Fryer, Ravena, N.Y., Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk High School, was also a major factor at the meet for the Fighting Tigers earning All-NEAC Second Team acclaim in the: 200-yard individual medley in 2:13.94, the 400-yard individual medley in 4:43.13 and the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:30.11 with second place finishes in each event as was freshman Doug Campbell,  Montgomery, N.Y., Valley Central High School, who placed second overall in the 100-yard butterfly 1:00.85 and the 200-yard backstroke in 2:17.36 to take All-NEAC Second Team honors. Freshman Jon Feil, Guilderland, N.Y., Guilderland High School, was also a multiple All-NEAC honoree with a second place finish in One Meter Diving posting a score of 323.90 points to earn a spot on the league’s Second Team then finishing third in the 100-yard freestyle in 53.58 to earn Third Team all-conference honors.

The team’s final All-NEAC Team individual honorees were Third Team selections: sophomore Ben Henry, Wallingford, Conn., Lyman Hall High School, who finished third in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.67 seconds and freshman Roy Garrett, Remsen, N.Y., Holland Patent High School, who placed third in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:55.32.

In their championship relays the Fighting Tiger team of Mike Girolamo, Sam Datri, Doug Campbell, and Anthony McGorsik won league titles in the: 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:33.67 and the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:27.71. The team of Mick Fryer, Sam Datri, Joslen Pettit and Mike Girolamo took the 400-yard medley relay in 4:03.54 while the team of Doug Campbell, Sam Datri, Joslen Pettit and Anthony McGorsik won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:46.83. The 800-yard freestyle relay of Anthony McGorsik, Doug Campbell, Mick Fryer and Mike Girolamo were also winners in a time of 7:47.47.
All of the Fighting Tiger relays earned All-NEAC First Team honors with the 800-yard freestyle relay setting the conference record in the event.

Reflecting on his team’s impressive performance second-year head coach Chis Brown spoke in glowing terms of Cobleskill’s championship effort.

“I think this was a great accomplishment for our guys; they clearly were the fastest team in the water this weekend. Being this was our second title in the last three years and coming after last year’s heartbreaking finish, I’m extremely proud of our team and what we were able to accomplish.”


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