BUFFALO, N.Y.—The SUNY Potsdam swimming and diving teams got off to a blazing start on the first day of the SUNYAC Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. The Bears set four Potsdam records in the preliminary meets.
In the very first event of the day, the 200 free relay team of senior Liz Ringer, sophomore Emily Kanoza, senior Paige Montroy and senior Kylie Barr established a school record with a time of 1:42.23. They nearly matched the time with an eighth-place finish in the finals. The 400 medley relay team of Montroy, junior Ghena Binzer and sophomore Victoria Blakeslee followed suit, shattering the previous record of 4:14.79 with time of 4:08.5. The team then bested the mark with a 4:08.12 time for a sixth place finish in the finals. Ringer also qualified for the B final in the 200 individual medley where she finished 13th with a time of 2:14.78, less than a second from the Bears' record.
The men's 400 medley relay team of junior Richie Zimmerman, senior Alexander Taylor, freshman Tyler Zapisek and sophomore Dan Costa took five seconds off the Potsdam mark with a time of 3.31.61. The group finished fourth in the final with a new record time of 3:30.68. The same four also teamed up for the men's 200 free relay, missing the school record by two-hundredths of a second, but still qualified for the final. In they finished fifth by matching their preliminary time of 1.27.24. Taylor also broke his own individual record in the 200 individual medley, swimming to a first place preliminary finish in 1:56. Zimmerman was just 0.57 seconds behind him. In final, Zimmerman edged Taylor 1:56.18 to 1:56.81 to finish fifth. Zapisek also won his 50 free preliminary heat with a time of 0:21.54 to qualify for the event's final, where he finished fourth in 0:21.59.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow at 10 a.m. with the Day 2 preliminary heats.