Ithaca takes Empire 8 again
Bombers win 14-team championship for 12th consecutive year
WEBSTER, N.Y. – Ithaca won the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association and Empire 8 championships, which concluded Saturday at the Webster Aquatic Center.
Ithaca totaled 1,505 points to lead the 14-team field, scoring 24 more points than second-place Stevens. It is the 12th consecutive Empire 8 title for the Bombers, the 24th state championship and the 32nd consecutive year that Ithaca placed among the top three teams in the state. Ithaca also made two NCAA B qualifying standards.
Senior Sheila Rhoades was named Co-Empire 8 Swimmer of the Meet, head coach Paula Miller was named Empire 8 Coach of the Year and diving coach Nate Brisley earned Diving Coach of the Year recognition.
The NCAA B-cuts came in the 200 yard backstroke, where junior Missy Keesler placed second and met the NCAA mark with a time of 2:05.46. Freshman Emily Hoskinson also met the NCAA time and placed third in 2:06.71. Freshman Carlene Ostromecki placed fourth in the event finals with a time of 2:07.97.
Senior Julie Erhart placed seventh overall in the 1,650-yard freestyle in 18:22.37.
Sophomore Madi Sherry was fifth in the finals of the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:29.30 and freshman Lauren Brundage was sixth in 2:30.01.
Freshman Kate Sessler was eighth in the finals of the 100-yard freestyle after clocking in at 54.02.
Ithaca's 400-yard freestyle relay placed fourth in the event finals as the group of sophomore Carly Jones, senior Joanna Ferreri, Sessler and freshman Elizabeth Gawrys finished in 3:34.91.