Courtesy: ECAC

MAAC Teams Compete at ECAC Swimming and Diving Championships

Courtesy:  MAAC Sports
Release:  March 06, 2017
ANNAPOLIS, MD – The 2017 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Open Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy concluded on Sunday, March 5. Marist College and Rider University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams represented the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

Marist’s Shannon Gordon placed fourth in the 1650-yard freestyle event with a time of 17:02.43. Freshman Jessica Miller recorded a time of 2:07.96 for a sixth-place finish in the 200-yard fly.

Megan Berardelli, won the 3-meter event for the second consecutive year with a score of 278.00.  Berardelli won a second gold medal at the 1-meter board (258.05).  Her teammate Lauren Katz also added to the Red Foxes’ day, she placed third in the 3-meter dive with a score of 244.45, her highest career postseason finish. Katz also finished in second place on the 1-meter board with 237.00 points.

Marist’s men’s swimming and diving team also competed at the ECAC Championships. On the first night, the 400-yard medley relay team of Robert McDowell, Edward Oser, Manuel Garcia, and Miguel Madeira broke the school record with a time of 3:20.91.

On the diving side for the men’s Red Foxes’, junior Peter Gallino recorded a personal best and new ECAC record in the 1-meter dive with a score of 323.35 points, while freshman Raislan Aiken took the bronze medal with 259.85 points.

On day two, Gallino added his second gold medal of the weekend, this time in the 3-meter event (309.65). Aiken followed just behind and took the silver medal with a score of 291.30.

The men’s swimming and diving team took eighth place, while the Marist women’s team took sixth.

Rider started the weekend with a bronze medal in the 200-free relay with a team comprised of Maciej Paz, William Molloy, Lucas Musselman, and Vincent Gibbons (1:22.45). Senior Sam Cramer also finished third in the 500-free in 4:28.98.

Junior Zack Molloy posted two new ECAC meet-records and finished first in the 200-free with a time of 1:34.75 and also in the 100-free (43.53). Freshman Justin Carey added a silver medal in the 100-back (49.20 seconds).

The 400-yard free relay team of Zack Molloy, Sam Cramer, Williams Molloy, and Vincent Gibbons also won a gold medal (2:58.79).

Freshman Meg Tomayko made her debut at the championship and finished fourth in both the 3-meter and 1-meter dive events for the Broncs’ women’s diving team.

Hannah Bayer of Rider finished seventh in the 400-yard individual IM with a time of 4:38.27. The men’s swimming and diving team took second place, while the women placed 11th.

Megan Berardelli and Peter Gallino each received the 2017 ECAC Men’s and Women’s Open Swimming and Diving Diver of the meet, as voted on by attending head coaches at the close of day two.

Marist has now had either a male or a female diver take first place at each of the last five ECAC title meets. The Marist women’s swimming and diving team finished in sixth place, while the men’s squad placed eighth at the ECAC Championships.

About the ECAC:
The mission of the ECAC shall be to initiate and provide intercollegiate athletics opportunities for student-athletes while promoting and developing leadership and excellence. The ECAC shall understand and support the programs and philosophies of each member; while enhancing participation, and maintaining equitable opportunities for all student-athletes. The ECAC will develop and implement programs and services for the membership; while promoting its membership's student-athletes, coaches and administrators.

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