Hartwick College swimmers set two school records and earned four NCAA “B” cut times during the first day of the UNYSCSA/Empire 8 Championships on Wednesday at Ithaca College.
The Hawks’ Kenny Kleso and Miles Blaney finished 1-2 in the 500-yard freestyle.
Kleso touched in 4 minutes, 40.56 seconds, just ahead of Blaney’s 4:40.89. Both were NCAA “B” cut times. Lydon Schultz finished second in the 50 free in 20.86, which also was a “B” cut time.
Kleso, Brad Ranson, Schultz and Cody Cupit finished third in the 200 medley relay in a school record 1:33.59. The previous record of 1:34.45 that was set last year.
On the women’s side, Jade Woodend won the 50 free in an NCAA “B” cut time of 23.68. That broke the school record of 24.05 that was set by her sister Justine last year.
In the 500 free, Kaitlyn Campbell was third (5:11.88).
8th in region
Hartwick College maintained the eighth spot in the NCAA regional rankings, which will be released again until the NCAA Division III selections are announced Monday.
Five of the eight ranked teams in this week’s poll stayed in the same spot as the previous week. The top three remained unchanged with Ithaca (23-2) ranked first, Rochester (18-5) second and New Paltz (22-3) third.
Geneseo (19-6) jumped two spots to fourth. Vassar (21-4) stayed in the fifth slot. Oswego (17-8) moved from seventh to sixth.
St. Lawrence (19-6), with two losses last weekend, suffered a big dip from fourth to seventh.
Hartwick (18-7) will host the Empire 8 Conference Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
The second-seeded Hawks will play third-seeded Stevens Institute of Technology at 8 p.m. Friday. Top-seeded Ithaca will face No. 4 St. John Fisher in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. The championship is 3 p.m. Saturday.
The winner of Empire 8 Tournament earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The field will be announced at 2:30 p.m. Monday.
Three Hawks recognized
Three Hartwick water polo players were recognized by the Collegiate Water Polo Association.
Junior Sami Capparelli was named the Western Division Player of the Week, freshman Michaela Davies earned Defensive Player of the Week recognition and freshman Britt Tait was named the Rookie of the Week.
Capparelli had 15 goals, two assists, and four steals as the Hawks went 4-1 last weekend at the Bucknell Tournament.
Tait had six goals, two assists, two steals, and three drawn kick-outs in the tournament.
Davies totaled 31 saves in four starts over the weekend.
Hartwick (9-7) is off this weekend and will compete in the Marist Tournament on March 2.