Men's Swimming & Diving Places Second At SUNYAC Championships

Buffalo, N.Y. – The Geneseo men’s swimming & diving team placed second at the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championships. The Knights concluded the three-day meet with 726 points, trailing only first-place Cortland’s total of 795. In Saturday’s competition, Geneseo posted four NCAA qualifying performances and won three events.

Senior Frank Schiappa (East Amherst/Canisius) and sophomore John Nasky (Rochester/Brighton) both defended individual SUNYAC titles with school records and NCAA “B” cut efforts.

Schiappa repeated as 100-yard freestyle champion, winning in 45.57. First year Tyler Roth (Fredonia/St. Francis) reached the consolation finals, placing 13th in 48.45.

won the 1,650-yard freestyle for the second year in a row; his meet record time was 16:02.50.Sophomore Don McLoughlin (Waccabuc/John Jay) finished fifth in 16:38.50. First year Ben Greenspan (Williamsville/Williamsville South) finished ninth in 16:53.93.

First year Yonghoon Jun (Nanuet/Tappan Zee) posted an NCAA “B” cut in the 200-yard butterfly. His winning time of 1:53.10 set a Geneseo, conference and meet record.

Sophomore Bryan Schaub (Blauvelt/Tappan Zee) finished sixth in 1:57.98 with sophomore Kenny Athans (Victor/Victor) eighth in 2:01.70. First year Andy Schunk (Ardsley/Ardsley) was 13th, finishing in 2:01.29.

First year Kristian Tialios (Mount Tremper/Onteora) rounded out Geneseo’s NCAA qualifiers, recording a school-record time of 1:52.90 in the 200-yard backstroke. Tialios placed third in the event, with first year Brian Yale (Johnson City/Maine-Endwell) and sophomore Branden Dahlem (Rhinebeck/Our Lady of Lourdes) sixth and seventh with respective times of 1:55.37 and 1:56.67. Senior Austin Brennan (Stony Brook/Ward Melville) finished ninth in 1:56.99.

Junior Brandon Peifer (Monroe/Monroe-Woodbury) took third in the 3-meter diving with a score of 471.30.

In the 200-yard breaststroke, four Knights scored points. Senior Greg Marks (Phelps/Midlakes) was sixth in the final (2:12.14) with junior Paul Jennings (East Northport/Elwood-John Glenn) eighth in 2:14.99.

First year Jordan Gay (Henrietta/Rush-Henrietta) and first year Justin Ongkingco (Watertown/Watertown) were 11th and 12th, finishing in 2:15.30 and 2:15.36, respectively.

The Knights took second in the meet’s final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Schiappa, Brennan, Roth and Jun finished in 3:07.63.