Hartwick College senior Kenny Kleso set a program record in the preliminaries of the men’s 200-yard freestyle Thursday during the NCAA Division III Championships at the Conroe Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.
Kleso finished 24th in 1 minute, 40.16 seconds to top the Hartwick record of 1:40.27 set by Michael Phillips last year.
Teammate Brad Ranson placed 35th in the same event at the NCAA meet, in a personal-best time of 1:41.48.
Kleso, Ranson, Miles Blaney and Lydon Schultz contributed a 20th in the 200 free relay. Their time of 1:24.26 marks the third-fastest finish in program history.
Jade Woodend rounded out the Hawks’ participants during the second day of the championships. She finished 35th in the women’s 200 free (1:54.03).
Today, Blaney will compete in the 200 butterfly and will join Kleso, Ranson and Cory Perez in the 800 free relay. Preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. today. The finals will start at 6 p.m.
Oneonta State junior Jermaine Miller placed 23rd out of 24 national qualifiers in the 1-meter dive Thursday. He scored 408.35 points over 11 dives.
Johan Smith of Tufts University won the 1-meter title with 495.55 points.
Miller, who qualified for the NCAAs for the second straight season, will take part in the 3-meter dive Saturday. Prelims start at 10 a.m. Saturday, with finals scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Wick junior honored
Hartwick junior Sami Capparelli made the honor roll for the Collegiate Water Polo Association’s Western Division Player of the Week, the conference announced Thursday.
Capparelli scored six goals to lead the 19th-ranked Hawks to a 21-8 victory over Brown last Saturday at Moyer Pool. Her team-leading 88 goals rank as the sixth-highest season total in program history.
Hartwick will compete in the Arizona State Tournament this weekend. The Hawks play Pomona and Cal Baptist on Saturday; Colorado State and La Verne on Sunday; and Stanford and Arizona State on Monday.
Stanford is ranked second in the country, one spot ahead of the host Sun Devils.