Men's Swimming & Diving Closing In On First At SUNYAC Championships

Buffalo, N.Y. – The Geneseo men’s swimming & diving team wrapped up the second of three days of competition at the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championships pulling closer to first place. The Knights, who have won 14 consecutive SUNYAC titles, have scored 476 points through 12 events, trailing first-place Cortland’s total of 519 points.

The Knights won two events with NCAA qualifying performances in both.

First year Yonghoon Jun (Nanuet/Tappan Zee) won the 100-yard butterfly. His NCAA “B” cut time of 50.00 set a school, meet and conference record.

Two other Knights joined Jun in the finals. Senior Austin Brennan (Stony Brook/Ward Melville) was sixth in 52.30 and first year Andy Schunk (Ardsley/Ardsley) finished eighth in 52.84.

Jun was also a member of Geneseo’s SUNYAC-champion 200-yard medley relay team. First year Kristian Tialios (West Hurley/Onteora), senior Greg Marks (Phelps/Midlakes) and senior Frank Schiappa (East Amherst/Canisius) posted a school-record and NCAA “B” cut time of 1:33.05, breaking both the SUNYAC and meet records as well.

Four Knights reached the final in the 400-yard individual medley. Sophomore Kenny Athans (Victor/Victor) was fourth in 4:12.16, Tialios took fifth in 4:12.51, sophomore Bryan Schaub (Blauvelt/Tappan Zee) placed seventh in 4:16.38 and sophomore John Nasky (Rochester/Brighton) finished eighth in 4:25.48. In the consolation final, junior Paul Jennings (East Northport/Elwood-John Glenn) placed 10th in 4:21.24.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Schiappa was seventh in 1:46.03. Two Knights swam in the consolation final, with sophomore Don McLoughlin (Waccabuc/John Jay) placed ninth in 1:45.92 and first year Ben Greenspan (Williamsville/Williamsville South) finished 13th in 1:47.37.

Marks took fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (58.54). The consolation final featured four Knights: Jennings was ninth in 1:01.16, first year Tyler Roth (Fredonia/St. Francis) finished 10th in 1:01.33, first year Jordan Gay (Henrietta/Rush-Henrietta) placed 12th in 1:01.77 and first year Justin Ongkingco (Watertown/Watertown) took 14th in 1:02.33.

Sophomore Branden Dahlem (Rhinebeck/Our Lady of Lourdes) placed fifth in the 100-yard backstroke (52.79) and first year Brian Yale (Johnson City/Maine Endwell) was seventh (53.08). In the consolation final, Brennan was ninth in 53.66 and Schunk placed 15th in 56.34.

Geneseo’s 800-yard freestyle relay team placed fourth. Nasky, McLoughlin, Greenspan and Athans posted a time of 7:06.32.

Competition concludes at the SUNYAC Championships Saturday.