Taylor, Zimmerman set school records at Fredonia Invite


FREDONIA, N.Y.—Senior swimmer Alexander Taylor and junior Richie Zimmerman each set school records to headline the SUNY Potsdam swimming and diving teams' efforts at the three-day Fredonia Invitational this weekend. Taylor set the Bears' record in the 200 breaststroke and Zimmerman in the 200 backstroke. The men finished fourth with a score of 446, while the women were sixth with a score of 245. The host Blue Devils won the women's competition with 1,102 points and Penn State Behrend were the men's champions with 890 points.

This afternoon, Taylor cruised to a time of 2:06.12 in the 200 breaststroke to break his own school record by 0.49 seconds. The time was also a Fredonia pool record and an NCAA B qualifying time. Yesterday, the senior set a pool record in the 100 breaststroke with a winning time of 0:58.70. Taylor also won the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:58.38, with Zimmerman finishing just two seconds behind him in second place. Zimmerman won the 200 backstroke with a Potsdam record and Fredonia pool mark time of 1:59.80. The duo also swam two of the four legs for the Bears third place 200 medley relay team. Sophomore Dan Costa and freshman Tyler Zapisek swam the other two legs as they posted a time of 1:41.74.

Junior Ghena Binzer was the top finisher for the Bears' women, placing sixth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:14.36. Sophomore Victoria Blakeslee also had a strong weekend with eighth place finishes in the 400 individual medley (5:06.24) and the 500 freestyle (5:41.35).

The invitational closes the 2012 portion of the swimming teams' schedule. The Bears are back in action Saturday, Jan. 19, as St. Lawrence University comes to Maxcy Hall for a 1 p.m. showdown.