Clarkson swim team takes sixth place at Kumpf Invitational
Sunday, January 13, 2013 - 7:52 am

TROY -- Freshman Nick Short (Endwell, NY) had a pair of top 10 finishes for the Clarkson University Men's Swimming team as the Golden Knights opened the 2013 portion of the schedule on Saturday at the annual Kumpf Invitational held on the campus of Rensselaer.

The Golden Knights took sixth place overall with 151 points. Ithaca won the event (605), followed by Rensselaer (473), Cortland (425), Oneonta (373), Skidmore (155), Clarkson, Vassar (92), and Cobleskill (14). Clarkson returns to dual meet action next weekend when it hosts Utica College on Saturday at Fuller Pool.

Short had the two best scores of the day for the Knights, placing fourth in the 200 individual medley (2:05.83) and eighth in the 200 butterfly (2:07.42). Classmate Sam Zagrobelny (East Aurora, NY) also had an eighth-place showing in the 100 freestyle (51.40) while another freshman, Jon Ketcham (East Aurora, NY) claimed ninth place in the 200 backstroke (2:25.84). Zagrobelny had one other top 10 finish, taking 19th in the 200 freestyle (1:54.86), and sophomore Tyler Nichols (Spencerport, NY) was the other swimmer to finish in the top 10 of any of the individual events, hitting the pad for 10th in the 200 IM.

Also scoring points in multiple events for the Knights were Stephen Maxwell (Latham, NY), who came in 14th in the 50 freestyle and 15th in the 200 backstroke, Sam Zwierzchowski (East Amherst, NY), who finished 11th in the 500 freestyle and 12th in the 200 butterfly, and Nick Hens (Liverpool, NY), who came in 14th in the 1000 freestyle and 15th in the 500 freestyle. Nichols added an 11th place finish in the 200 backstroke to his 10th-place title in the 200 individual medley.

Others to make the top 16 and score points for Clarkson were Ray Bailey (Galway, NY) in the 200 freestyle (14th), Travis Derr (Lakeville, CT) in the 1000 freestyle (15th), Liam Sharkey (Malta, NY), also in the 1000 freestyle (16th), Nate Menapace (Baldwinsville, NY) in the 200 butterfly (16th), and Aaron Parysek (Spencerport, NY) in the 200 backstroke (14th).