Ithaca, N.Y. – The Geneseo women’s swimming & diving
team placed third Ithaca’s Bomber Invitational. The Blue Knights were the top
finishing Division III schools at the 11-team meet, beating the host Bombers by
Geneseo recorded two NCAA qualifying performances. Sophomore Abigail Max (New Hartford/New Hartford) placed fifth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:06.15 and classmate Haleigh Wixson (Montour Falls/Watkins Glen) was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke in 58.17; both times met the NCAA B standard.
Max also placed fifth in the 500-yard freestyle; her time of 5:04.98 missed the NCAA B standard by 1.7 seconds. She was fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:55.76). Max and Wixson both swam on all five Geneseo relay teams, each of which finished at least fourth.
Senior Kaitlin Wilcoxen (Manlius/Fayetteville-Manlius) was fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke; her time of 1:07.68 was half a second off the NCAA B standard.
Geneseo’s highest finishes were third-place performances by the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays. In the 200 freestyle, first year Julie Holloway (Pittsford/Rush-Henrietta), Wixson, senior Elyssa Max (New Hartford/New Hartford) and Abby Max posted a time of 1:38.94. The 400 medley team of Wixson, Wilcoxen, senior Molly Carney (Chenango Forks/Chenango Forks) and Abby Max finished in 3:59.14.
The Blue Knights’ other three relay teams all placed fourth. The 400-yard
freestyle quartet of Wixson, junior Lauren Boyce (New Hartford/New Hartford),
Elyssa Max and Abby Max posted a time of 3:34.77, missing the NCAA B mark by
Wixson, Wilcoxen, first year Hailey Modelewski (Northport/Northport) and Abby Max recorded a time of 1:49.81 in the 200-yard medley relay. In the 800-yard freestyle relay, the foursome of Abby Max, Elyssa Max, Boyce and Wixson recorded a time of 7:50.31.
The Blue Knights collected six other top-10 individual finishes. Sophomore
Eileen Goralski (Queensbury/Queensbury) was sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke
(1:08.19) and eighth in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:26.98). Wixson was ninth
in the 100-yard freestyle (53.93) and Geneseo had three top-10 showings in the
200-yard butterfly: first year Jenna Gibbons (Staten Island/Staten Island Tech)
was sixth in 2:14.47, Carney was seventh in 2:16.22 and sophomore Kristen
Bormann (Farmingdale/Half Hollow Hills East) placed ninth in 2:16.95.
Boyce placed 11th in the 100-yard backstroke (1:00.91) and 12th in the 200-yard backstroke (2:11.83).
Junior Emily Wanamaker (Camillus/Christian Brothers Academy) finished 11th in the 1-meter diving and 14th in the 3-meter competition with respective scores of 345.30 and 335.35.
Carney took 11th in the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.34) with three other Blue
Knights scoring in the event; Modelewski was 13th in 1:01.20; junior Lily Powell
(Selkirk/Bethlehem) placed 16th in 1:02.08; and Bormann finished 17th in
In the 50-yard freestyle, Wixson was 13th in 24.79, Elyssa Max placed 14th in 24.86 and Holloway finished 20th in 25.56.
Gibbons finished 14th in the 400-yard individual medley (4:48.70) with senior
Erin Dewey (Lackawanna/Nardin Academy) 20th in 5:00.76. Junior Erin O’Brien (Lansing/Lansing)
placed 21st in 5:01.16 and sophomore Katherine Jesaitis (Clifton Park/Shenendehowa) was 22nd in 5:02.08.
Junior Corinne Vairo (Poquot/Ward Melville) placed 14th in the 500-yard freestyle and junior Julie Deren (Lackawanna/Nardin Academy) was 23rd (5:28.12).
Elyssa Max and Vairo both scored in the 200-yard freestyle, placing 13th and
19th with respective times of 1:58.70 and 2:01.37. Inthe 100-yard freestyle,
Elyssa Max was 12th in 54.29 and Vairo and Holloway tied for 24th (56.02).
Deren and O’Brien scored in the 1,650-yard freestyle; Deren was 12th in 18:59.14 and O’Brien placed 21st in 19:50.05.
In the 200-yard butterfly, Powell placed 13th and Modelewski was 17th; their times were 2:19.76 and 2:21.90, respectively.
Rounding out Geneseo’s scores were Wilcoxen’s 21st-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley (2:15.20) and Jesaitis’ 22nd-place effort in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:37.76).
Geneseo returns to action Saturday with a 1 p.m. meet at Canisius.