Men's Swimming & Diving Wins Sixth Consecutive SUNYAC Championship

GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo men's swimming & diving team won its sixth-consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship on Saturday at Erie Community College in Buffalo. The Knights finished first in 16 out of 20 events, turned in an NCAA B-Cut time, set one meet record and one conference record on their way to a dominant first-place finish. Geneseo scored 951.5 points over the four days to take first. 

DAY ONE RECAP - Geneseo set the tone in the first event of the championships with a first-place finish and meet record in the 800 free relay. Senior Matt Modelewski, junior Mitchell Phelps, sophomore Harry Harkins and first-year Sean McClellan combined to finish in 6:51.17, edging the previous SUNYAC Championship record set last season by the Geneseo relay team. The Knights enter day two leading the meet with 40 points and will resume at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning.

DAY TWO RECAP - The Knights finished first in all four swimming events to extend their lead on the second day of competition at the SUNYAC Championships on Friday. Geneseo began the evening with a first-place finish in the 200 free relay as sophomore Will Eng and Harry Harkins teamed with seniors Matthew Modelewski and Joseph Ruggiero to touch up in 1:22.70. In the 500 free, first-year Sean McClellan (4:39.46) and junior Matt Mattera (4:40.96) finished first and second respectively. Senior Clark Davis took first in the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.24, barely edging his teammate junior Mitchell Phelps, who finished in 1:53.80. In the 50 free, Eng took first in 21.03, followed by Harkins in second (21.18) and Modelewski in fourth (21.33). Phelps and Eng joined juniors Kaz Sampson and John Wilson to place first in the 400 medley relay, finishing in 3:25.86. In the one-meter dive, first-year Corey Wirth finished first (493.40) and first-year Ben Wilcox took fifth (454.40) as both divers qualified for NCAA Regionals. The Knights rank first after two days of action with 341 points, leading second-place Cortland (188) by more than 150 points. Swimming will resume on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m.

DAY THREE RECAP - Geneseo rolled into day three and extended its lead with five first-place finishes in the six events, Friday. Junior Kaz Sampson set a SUNYAC record, finishing first in the 100 breast with a time of 56.25. He joined Phelps, Wilson and Harkins to form the Knights' first-place 200 medley relay team, finishing in 1:32.31. Senior Clark Davis finished first in the 400 IM, his second career crown in the event, finishing in a time of 4:04.23. Phelps finished first in the 100 fly, clocking in at 50.00 and Harkins finished as the 200 free champion with a time of 1:43.44. Eng turned in the Knights' top time in the 100 back, finishing second with a time of 52.21. With 13 out of 20 events completed, Geneseo leads the pack with 624 points, while Oswego ranks second with 347 points. 

DAY FOUR RECAP - Sophomore Will Eng led the Knights to a pair of victories, swimming for a share of first in the 100 free with a time of 46.57, and swimming the opening leg of the 400 free relay, joined by senior Matthew Modelewski, senior Joseph Ruggiero and sophomore Harry Harkins to take first with a finishing time of 3:04.57. Junior Matt Mattera posted an NCAA B-Cut time in the 1650 free, touching up in 16:12.85 for second place. Senior Clark Davis earned his third SUNYAC Championship of the weekend, swimming to first place in the 200 breast with a time of 2:06.37, barely edging teammate junior Kaz Sampson (2:06.72). Junior Mitchell Phelps took first in the 200 fly with a time of 1:52.35 while first-years Matthew Triaszin and Sean McClellan finished second and third, respectively, completing the sweep for the Knights.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Knights have won 26 titles in program history, including 18 under head coach Paul Dotterweich. 
  • Senior Clark Davis was named SUNYAC Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet after earning first-place finishes in the 200 IM, 400 IM and the 200 breast, while senior Matthew Modelewski received the James Fulton Award.
  • Head coach Paul Dotterweich was named SUNYAC Men's Swimming Coach of the Year, his 12th time receiving the award, while diving coach Shawn Austin was named SUNYAC Men's Diving Coach of the Year.

 

Date  Event  Name Seed Time Prelims Finals (Champions in Bold)
Feb. 20 800 Free Relay         
    Phelps, Modelewski,
McClellan, Harkins
    1. 6:51.17 MEET RECORD 
           
Feb. 21 200 Free Relay        
   

Eng, Modelewski,
Ruggiero, Harkins

    1. 1:22.70 
           
  500 Free        
    Harper Coleman 5:03.95  26. 5:04.93   
    Matt Farago 4:50.17 6. 4:48.32  8. 4:56.21
    Matt Mattera 4:49.97 3. 4:45.11  2. 4:40.96 
    Sean McClellan 4:47.31 2. 4:44.24  1. 4:39.46 
    Matt Triaszin 4:53.64 13. 4:53.48    
  200 IM        
    Kyle Barry 2:04.69 4. 1:57.49  4. 1:58.60 
    Clark Davis 1:55.69 3. 1:56.25  1. 1:53.24 
    Mitchell Phelps 1:58.67 1. 1:54.15  2. 1:53.80 
    Connor Towers 2:01.36 11. 2:00.93   
    James Wun 2:02.62 13. 2:01.56   
  50 Free        
    Will Eng 21.20 2. 21.26  1. 21.03 
    Harry Harkins 21.43 1. 21.24  2. 21.18 
    Alex Jakubiak 21.91 12. 21.85   
    Matthew Modelewski 21.33 5. 21.46  4. 21.33 
    Joseph Ruggiero 21.63 6. 21.55  6. 21.44 
    Kaz Sampson 21.77 11. 21.82   
    John Wilson 21.98 16. 22.05   
  400 Medley Relay        
    Phelps, Sampson,
Wilson, Eng
    1. 3:25.86 
  One-Meter Dive        
    Denzel Flowers     16. 329.85 
    Ben Wilcox     5. 454.40 
    Corey Wirth     1. 493.40 
Feb. 22 200 Medley Relay        
    Phelps, Sampson,
Wilson, Harkins
    1. 1:32.31 
  400 IM        
    Kyle Barry 4:27.02 6. 4:16.38  4. 4:13.58 
    Harper Coleman 4:24.60 5. 4:14.92  6. 4:17.79 
    Clark Davis 4:11.96 4. 4:13.99  1. 4:04.23 
    Matthew Farago 4:22.92 7. 4:17.38  8. 4:24.30 
    Matthew Mattera 4:16.64 2. 4:12.89  2. 4:07.98 
    Connor Towers 4:22.67 12. 4:23.09   
  100 Fly        
    Mitchell Phelps 50.68 1. 50.29 1. 50.00 
    Matthew Triaszin 53.27 9. 53.44   
    John Wilson 52.33 2. 50.87  2. 50.82 
  200 Free        
    Harry Harkins 1:44.85 2. 1:44.67  1. 1:43.44 
    Alex Jakubiak 1:46.78 8. 1:46.18  7. 1:45.82 
    Matthew Modelewski 1:44.65 3. 1:45.20  2. 1:43.74 
    Joseph Ruggiero 1:47.08 4. 1:45.76  6. 1:45.81 
  100 Breast        
    Kaz Sampson 56.95 1. 56.85  1. 56.25
SUNYAC Record 
    James Wun 56.92 2. 57.81  4. 57.88 
  100 Back        
    Will Eng 53.42 2. 53.46  2. 52.21 
Feb. 23 1650 Free        
    Matthew Farago 10:16.53   7. 16:47.57
    Matthew Mattera 9:55.20   2. 16:12.85 
NCAA B CUT
    Sean McClellan 10:03.92   3. 16:32.25 
  200 Back        
    Kyle Barry 2:01.51 2. 1:55.69  3. 1:54.65
  100 Free        
    Will Eng 46.79 1. 46.32  T1. 46.57 
    Harry Harkins 47.02 6. 47.03  3. 46.74 
    Alex Jakubiak 48.31 16. 48.59   
    Matthew Modelewski 47.77 3. 46.94  4. 46.88 
    Joseph Ruggiero 47.66 9. 47.49   
  200 Breast        
    Clark Davis 2:10.99 2. 2:09.10  1. 2:06.37 
    Kaz Sampson 2:08.92 3. 2:09.96  2. 2:06.72 
    Connor Towers 2:18.52 9 2:13.77   
    James Wun 2:09.40 4. 2:10.17  3. 2:08.29 
  200 Fly        
    Harper Coleman 2:02.93 14. 2:02.79   
    Sean McClellan 1:58.15 3. 1:56.23  3. 1:56.82 
    Mitchell Phelps 1:53.28 1. 1:52.82  1. 1:52.35 
    Matthew Triaszin 1:58.73 2. 1:55.89  2. 1:55.42 
    John Wilson 2:01.49 10. 1:59.31   
  400 Free Relay        
    Eng, Modelewski,
Ruggiero, Harkins
   

1. 3:04.57 

  Three-Meter Dive        
    Denzel Flowers     14. 350.50 
    Ben Wilcox     3. 498.50 
    Corey Wirth     2. 528.30