Kozlowski breaks Clarkson mark in 3-meter dive at RIT Invitational
Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 8:26 am

Rochester, NY – Sophomore diver Joseph Kozlowski set a new Clarkson University Swimming & Diving standard in the 3-meter event on Friday night to highlight the Golden Knights' performance on the first day at the Don Richards Invitational held on the campus of RIT.

With two more sessions still to go on Saturday, the Golden Knights men currently sit in second place among the five participants while Clarkson's women are sixth among the six squads at the meet.

Kozlowski broke the Clarkson mark for the 3-meter dive (11 dives) with 388.40 points, good enough for third in the event, while classmate Brent Reid finished in seventh with 357.90 points. Sophomore Jacob Baker was the only other Clarkson swimmer to finish higher in any event, as he placed second in the 500 freestyle in 4:57.61. Gavin Lopata, who also took 10th in the 500 freestyle (5:12.04), headlined a strong group of swimmers in the 50 freestyle as he came in third in a deep field with a time of 22.26 seconds. Benjamin Thibert came in sixth in the 50 free in 22.50 seconds while Connor Maloney (12th) and Nicholas Lenfant (13th) also collected points for the Knights. Just like the 50 freestyle, four Clarkson swimmers picked up points in the 200 individual medley as Benjamin Thibert came in third (2:01.84). Chris Bankaitis (9th, 2:08.53) and Benjamin Vondrak (10th, 2:10.28) also finished in the top 10, and Garry Dorn rounded out the score by coming in 16th in the 200 IM.

Clarkson's two 'A' relay squads also both finished in the top three. The 200 freestyle relay foursome of Lopata, Lenfant, John Magnuson and Thibert came in second in 1:29.48, while the group of Baker, Vondrak, Magnuson and Lopata took third in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:40.05.

For the women, both the 'A' 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay teams each picked up 26 points. Tiffany Catano, Caitlin Newhard, Katherine Blanchard and Samantha Denning finished the 200 freestyle relay in 1:52.74, while the 400 medley relay team shuffled Lauren Grasberger in for Samantha Denning to go along with Catano, Newhard and Blanchard to complete the event in 4:33.58. Grasberger was the lone individual Clarkson female to finish in the top 10, coming in ninth in the 200 individual medley (2:21.82). Tiffany Catano also added a point to Clarkson's total by taking 16th in the same event with a time of 2:30.59.