Geneseo saw a mirror performance by their men's and women's swimming and diving teams this past Saturday in Brockport, as both teams finished second in the four-team competition. The women's team posted 392.5 points, bested only by Cortland's 546.5 points. The men achieved a score of 405 points, also finishing just under Cortland, who recorded a score of 483.
Finishing a double-winner for the women's team was freshman Natalie Thorpe. Thorpe took the 200 IM in 2:15.88, a pool record time. She also finished in 1:03.50 in the 100 back, good enough for first out of the 12 swimmers.
Also achieving winning times for the Blue Wave were freshman Katie Linehan, who won the 100 free in a time of 56.29, junior Justine Diaz, who took the 500 free in 5:20.85, and senior K.C. Monahan, whose 2:02.56 time was enough to tie for first in the 200 free with Cortland freshman Lauren Mikula. In the 100 yard breaststroke, sophomore Jessie Cocco settled for second with a time of 1:11.80, behind Cortland freshman Taylor Houseman's time of 1:10.00. Cortland also took the top three spots in the 100 yard butterfly, but Geneseo senior Lindsay Fial clocked in at 1:03.90 for fourth place. In fifth and sixth were two other Geneseo swimmers, Achin and senior Amanda Cavarella, respectively.
The Blue Wave's success wasn't limited to just individual efforts, however, as the team won the 200 free relay with a time of 1:43.82. The relay team was comprised of Thorpe, classmates Julie Skowronek and Mae Lankes, and junior Maren MacDonald. Cortland had two relay teams finish behind them, with Potsdam trailing in fourth place and Brockport rounding out the top five. The Blue Wave finished second in the 200 yard medley relay as well, with a team composed of Fial, Cocco, Monahan and Linehan clocking in at 1:54.67.
Geneseo's men's team also saw a good share of first-place finishes in both individual events and relays. Senior James Kallio was a double-winner, achieving first in the 200 IM with a time of 2:03.81 as well as the 100 breast in a brisk 1:00.31. Other winners were senior John Zolna, who claimed the 50 free in 22.02, and senior Phil Szrama, who won the 100 back in 56.26. Zolna placed second in the 100 yard freestyle category as well, with a time of 49.25, and in the 50 free, junior Charlie Hake trailed Zolna at 22.05, with fellow Blue Wave senior Jerry Hinman finishing fifth with a time of 23.08. Geneseo also had two other swimmers finish in the top five in the latter event - junior Travis Brennan, who landed the fourth spot in 57.75, and sophomore Clint Sugnet, who trailed Brennan by one place with a time of 59.19. Geneseo freshman Don Furman took second in the 500 yard freestyle at 5:08.05, while Cortland's senior Andrew Chevalier took first with 5:04.98.
The 200 free relay also went to Geneseo, as Zolna, Hake, and sophomore Sig Culhane, and Sugnet took the contest in a time of 1:27.07. Geneseo settled for second in the 200 yard medley relay, with Szrama, Kallio, freshman Sean Kennedy and Hake finishing at 1:39.30. Another Blue Wave relay team took third in the event.
Next weekend will see both the men's and the women's swimming and diving teams travel to Hamilton for a meet on Nov. 18.