Record falls for Saints swim team in 200 Free Relay, 400 Medley finishes 7th at States
Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 12:47 am

The St. Lawrence University women’s swim team added another relay record to its list of accomplishments and had a top eight finish in a second relay while the Saint men’s team had a pair of solid relay swims to climb in the point standings in day two of the Upper New York State Swimming Association Championship meet at Ithaca College.

The Saint 200 free relay team of Staci Czaja, Carli Berizzi, Sammi Moffitt and Alana Blackburn finished second in the “B” final and 10th overall in a time of 1:40.01,Alana Blackburn anchored the record-setting 200 free relay Thursday. Photo by Tara Freeman.Alana Blackburn anchored the record-setting 200 free relay Thursday. Photo by Tara Freeman. trimming .18 off the previous program best of 1:40.19 established in 2009. The Saints also had their first “A” final finish of the meet, qualifying in 4:08.86 and swimming 4:07.89 to finish seventh in the 400 medley relay. That team included Casey Abribat, Czaja, Berizzi and Alana Blackburn.

The Saint “B” 400 medley team of Molly Snedden, Elizabeth Canne, Moffitt and Kathryn Whittum also earned points for the Saints with a 23rd place finish in 4:14.71, making the “C” final.

In individual events on Thursday, Abribat came close to the SLU record in the 400 IM, swimming 4:41.54, just one second off the record which was set in 1989. Abribat finished 11th overall and third in the “B” final while Olivia Rettstatt also qualified for the “B” final and finished 16th overall with a time of 4:50.53. Berizzi was fifth in the “B” final and 13th overall I the 100 fly in 1:00.78 while Katharina Wiedhausser was second in the “C” final and 18th overall in 1:01.41 and Blackburn was sixth in the “C” final and 22nd overall in 1:01.99.

For the Saint men, the 200 free relay team of Grant Reeder, Luke Peleggi, Alex Root and Jason Dutra qualified for the “B” final and finished 13th overall in 1:32.24 and the same four finished 13th overall in the 400 medley relay, swimming 3:47.53. Dutra also scored as an individual, finishing second in the “C” final in the 100 fly and 18th overall in 52.93 seconds.

The Saint women are eighth with 245.5 points in a 15-team field after the first two days of competition while the Saint men are 12th with 104 in a 14-team field. Friday competition includes morning prelims and evening finals in the 200 fly, 100 back, 100 breaststroke and the 800 free relay with finals in the women’s one meter diving.