Buffalo, N.Y. – The Geneseo men’s swimming & diving team
wrapped up the first of three days of competition at the State University of
New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championships in second place. The
Knights, who have won 14 consecutive SUNYAC titles, have scored 203 points
through six events, trailing first-place Cortland’s total of 256 points. The
Knights posted two NCAA qualifying performances and won four events Thursday.
Sophomore John Nasky (Rochester/Brighton) repeated as SUNYAC champion in the 500-yard freestyle, winning with an NCAA “B” cut and meet-record time of 4:37.98. First year Brian Yale (Johnson City/Maine-Endwell) joined Nasky in the final, placing seventh in 4:50.51.
Three Knights reached the consolation final: sophomore Don McLoughlin (Waccabuc/John Jay) took 11th in 4:46.95, first year Ben Greenspan (Williamsville/Williamsville South) was 13th in 4:52.33 and sophomore Bryan Schaub (Blauvelt/Tappan Zee) placed 14th in 4:54.42.
Geneseo’s other NCAA qualifying performance came in the 400-yard medley relay, which the Knights won for the seventh time in eight years. The quartet of first year Kristian Tialios (Mount Tremper/Onteora), senior Greg Marks (Phelps/Midlakes), first year Yonghoon Jun (Nanuet/Tappan Zee) and senior Frank Schiappa (East Amherst/Canisius) set a school, conference and meet record with a winning time of 3:25.00.
Tialios also won the 200-yard individual medley, touching
first in a SUNYAC Championships record of 1:57.07 He also set a school record in the event. Sophomore Kenny Athans (Victor/Victor)
followed in second with a time of 1:55.76.
Sophomore Branden Dahlem (Stony Brook/Ward Melville) rounded out Geneseo’s
scorers, placing 14th in 2:01.02.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Schiappa reclaimed the title he won in 2011, finishing in 20.94 -- a Geneseo, SUNYAC and meet record. Jun and first year Jordan Gay (Henrietta/Rush-Henrietta) were 11th and 12th with respective times of 21.96 and 22.01.
Geneseo’s 200-yard freestyle relay placed third, with Athans, senior Austin Brennan (Stony Brook/Ward Melville), first year Justin Ongkingco (Watertown/Watertown) and first year Tyler Roth (Fredonia/St. Francis) posting a time of 1:24.51.
Junior Brandon Peifer (Monroe/Monroe-Woodbury) rounded out the Knights’ first
day finalists, placing fourth in the 1-meter diving with a score of 441.50.
Competition continues Friday and concludes Saturday at the SUNYAC Championships.