Ithaca, NY - Freshmen Jon Ketcham (East Aurora, NY) and Nick Short (Endwell, NY) each posted top-20 finishes to earn points for the Clarkson University Swimming team, highlighting the Golden Knights performance on the third day of the UNYSCSA meet.
With just one day remaining in the regional meet, the Clarkson men stand in 10th place among 14 squads with 211 points, while the women are 15th out of 15 teams with 111 points.
Clarkson had four swimmers earn points in individual events on Friday night, starting with Short and senior Sean Parnett (Clifton Park, NY) in the 200 butterfly. Short came in 20th in the event with a time of 2:01.50, while Parnett placed two spots behind the freshman in 22nd place in 2:023.17. In the 100 backstroke, senior Stephen Maxwell (Latham, NY) finished in 21st in 54.77 seconds and later on Jon Ketcham placed 18th in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.28.
Outside of the scorers, several other swimmers came close to reaching the night time finals as well. Sophomore Nate Menapace (Baldwinsville, NY) and freshman Sam Zwierzchowski (East Amherst, NY) were back-to-back in the 200 butterfly in 26th and 27th place, respectively, while junior Liam Sharkey (Malta, NY) placed 35th in the 100 backstroke. Junior Chris Plummer (Spencerport, NY) finished 27th in the 100 breaststroke and sophomore Aaron Parysek (Spencerport, NY) came in 36th.
Clarkson also had a pair of point-gainers in the 800 freestyle relay. Parnett, Ray Bailey (Galway, NY), Paul Kreppel (Clarence, NY) and Zwierzchowski finished in 10th place with a time of 7:22.70, while the 23rd-place squad of Tyler Nichols (Spencerport, NY), Nick Hens (Liverpool, NY), Steve Cevaer (Ransomville, NY) and Alex Trass (Greene, NY) finished in 7:28.19.
Clarkson's women's 800 freestyle relay was the only squad to score points for the Knights, with sophomore Kelly Mulvehill (Penfield, NY), and seniors Kimberlee Stillittano (Binghamton, NY), Courtney Karszes (Stanley, NY), and Colleen Daly (Manlius, NY) taking 13th in 8:42.98. Stillittano was the top individual performer of the day, taking 26th in the 200 butterfly (2:32.36) to narrowly miss the finals, and sophomore Kelly Ludeke (Burnt HIlls, NY) wasn't far behind by claiming 29th in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.25). Finishing outside the top 30 in the 100 backstroke for the Knights were Abby Luber (Camillus, NY), Molly Kelso (Exeter, NH), and Katrina Smith (Ballston Spa, NY).