Jan 24: Freshman Sarah Halstead (Milford,
NH) won all three of her starts for the Clarkson University
Swimming team, highlighting the Golden Knights' individual
performances in a
dual meet against Potsdam State Friday afternoon at
Fuller Pool. The Golden Knights' men defeated the Bears
163-115 while the women lost to Potsdam 167-101. It was the
close of the regular season for Clarkson as the team will
now prepare for the UNYSCSA Regional event in late February.
Halstead won the 100 backstroke (1:13.50), 200 backstroke
(2:42.34), and 200 individual medley (2:57.10) as the only
swimmer for Clarkson to win three individual events. Junior
Jaclyn Yeaton (Merrimack, NH) took first in the 100
butterfly (1:18.27) and classmate Kelly Ludeke (Burnt Hills,
NY) finished first in the 200 breaststroke (3:03.37) as the
only other individual winners for the women. On the men's
side, junior Al Catano (Ronkonkoma, NY) won both the 100
backstroke (1:01.01) and 200 backstroke (2:10.25), and also
swam on the winning 200 medley relay team along with Kyle
Hancock (Essex, VT), Nick Short (Endwell, NY) and Sam
Zagrobelny (East Aurora, NY), which finished in first in
1:51.04. Six other swimmers each won individual events as
well, with Hancock taking the 100 breaststroke (1:07.15) and
Zagrobelny winning the 100 butterfly (1:02.25). Junior Ray
Bailey (Galway, NY) won the 800 freestyle in 9:35.87 and
freshhman Chris Bay (Greene, NY) took the 200 freestyle in
2:08.26. Sophomores Nick Short and Sam Zwierzchowski (East
Amherst, NY) also won races, with Short taking the 200
butterfly (2:26.15) and Zwierzchowski claiming first in the
400 freestyle (4:36.65).
Jan 18: Juniors Kelly Ludeke (Burnt Hills, NY) and Al Catano (Ronkonkoma, NY) each won three individual events as the Clarkson University Men's and Women's Swimming teams cruised to dual meet victories over Utica College on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Knights' men won 166-105 although the last two events were swam as exhibitions by Clarkson's participants, and the Knights' women won 139-97. Clarkson will close out its dual meet season next weekend when it hosts Potsdam State at 4:00 pm on Friday at Fuller Pool. Overall, Clarkson won 18 individual events with just one being swam as an exhibition, with the women winning nine and the men winning eight plus the exhibition. Ludeke was utilized in the specialty strokes, winning both the 100 breaststroke (1:15.51) and 200 breaststroke (2:45.67) before winning top honors in the 200 individual medley (2:30.90). Ludeke wasn't alone as a repeat winner for Clarkson as classmate Kelly Mulvehill (Penfield, NY) won a pair of distance events, claiming the 1000 freestyle in 12:35.77 and the 500 freestyle in 6:08.85, and freshman Sarah Halstead (Milford, NH) took both the 100 backstroke (1:06.77) and 200 backstroke (2:28.53) events. Joining that trio as winners were Deonna Coleman (Derby, NY), who won the 200 freestyle (2:14.74) and Jaclyn Yeaton (Merrimack, NH), who finished first in the 200 butterfly (2:40.38). Clarkson's women also closed out the races with a 200 freestyle relay victory thanks to Halstead, Abby Luber (Camillus, NY), Coleman and Ludeke (1:53.09). Catano matched Ludeke with three individual wins on the men's side, taking the 1000 freestyle (10:57.98), the 200 butterfly (2:04.26) and the 100 butterfly (54.62). He was the only multiple event winner for Clarkson as coach Mick Maguire spread the Golden Knights around in the meet. Junior Tyler Nichols (Spencerport, NY) finished first in the 200 freestyle (1:55.19) and sophomore Jon Ketcham (East Aurora, NY) claimed the top spot in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.33). Senior Liam Sharkey (Malta, NY) and Chris Bay (Greene, NY) each won the 50 freestyle (23.65) and 100 freestyle (52.51) races, respectively, and Nick Short (Endwell, NY) picked up a first-place finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:27.40). Junior Kyle Hancock (Essex, VT) also won the 200 individual medley in 2:08.78, but didn't earn the points for Clarkson as he swam the event as an exhibition. Clarkson also opened the meet with a victory in the 400 medley relay, led by Kyle Atkinson (Baldwinsville, NY), Hancock, Nate Menapace (Baldwinsville, NY), and Andrew Zielinski (Hilton, NY) with a time of 4:00.40. Clarkson's swimmers also won the 200 freestyle relay, but swam the race as an exhibition.
Swimmer is backlighted by sunshine through skylight during a freestyle heat at the North Country Invitational.