Update: More records fall during evening session of SUNYAC Swim Championships

02.24.14

During Friday's evening session, the SUNY Potsdam foursome of Dan Costa (Spencerport, N.Y./ Spencerport),  Richie Zimmerman (Victor, N.Y. / Victor),Tyler Zapisek (Syracuse, N.Y. / West Genesee) and Ricky Blackburn  (Cicero, N.Y. / Cicero-North Syracuse) were back at the pool outdoing themselves in the Friday evening session of the  SUNYAC Swimming and Diving Championship in Buffalo. 

After a morning in which the team had set a new school record in the men's 200-yard medley relay at 1:36.77 in their preliminary run, the team lowered their time by over a full second to 1:35.76 to re-establish a new  Bears record.  The time was good for fourth place and 30 points toward their team score. 

In individual events, Zimmerman had vowed all season that he would break former teammate and now graduated SUNYPotsdam swimmer Alexander Taylor's mark of 57.61 in the men's 100-yard breaststroke event.  The senior made good on that promise by clocking in at 57.41 to set a new Potsdam school record and also narrowly finished behind SUNY Cortland's Jack Jakubek (57.08) to finish in second place in the "A" final championship. 

On the women's side, freshman Jennifer Yeager (Greene, N.Y. / Greene) broke a 30-year-old Potsdam record that was set by Laura Foster in 1984 when she swam the women's 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.60.  Yeager swam the event in 2:00.45 in Friday evening session during the "B" final. 

The SUNYAC Swimming and Diving Championships will conclude on Saturday with a morning session that begins at 10 a.m. and will be followed by an evening session that starts at 6 p.m.  In the morning session, three more SUNY Potsdam swimming records were broken on Friday morning at the 2014 SUNYAC Swimmming and Diving  Championships at Erie Community College's  Burt Flickinger Athletic Center in Buffalo.

Among the new program records were senior Ghena Binzer (Baldwinsville, N.Y. / C.W. Baker) in the women's 100-yard  breaststroke with a time of 1:09.75.  Binzer broke her own record when she finished in 1:10.16.  Also, sophomore Tyler Zapisek (Syracuse, N.Y. / West Genesee) set a new school record in the men's 100 butterfly (51.19),  beating his own previous record of 51.65.

The men's relay team of Dan Costa, Richie Zimmerman, Ricky Blackburn and Zapisek broke their third school record during  the championships by clocking in the 200 medley relay in 1:36.77.

On Thursday, the team set new benchmarks in the men's 200 free relay and the 400 medley relay.  For live results, click on the link for championship events listed below.  http://results.teamunify.com/nsss/results/sunyac/2014/