The St. Lawrence University 200 medley relay team of Casey Abribat, Staci Czaja, Sammi Moffitt and Alana Blackburn finished eighth in the “A” final and Moffitt improved her own record in the 200 individual medley at the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association Championship meet at Ithaca College to highlight day one of the four-day competition for the Saints.
The Saint women are ninth in a 15-team field with 108.5 points while the Saint men are 14th after day one of the championships. Competition resumes Thursday with preliminaries in the 200 free relay, 400 individual medley, 100 fly, 200 free, 400 medley relay in the morning with the top 24 individuals or teams advancing to evening finals.
The medley relay was just .60 off the Saint record with its time of 1:52.50. and a season’s best for the same quartet who trimmed .22 off their previous fastest performance. The Saint “B” relay of Molly Sneden, Elizabeth Canne, Carly Berizzi and Jane Moreau placed 6th in the “C” final with a time of 1:55.40 and were 22nd overall.
Moffitt was second in the “B” final of the 200 individual medley in 2:11.78, trimming nearly .7 off her own SLU record set in the Liberty League championships earlier this season. She finished 10th overall in the event while Abribat won the “C” final in 2:13.35 and was 17th overall.
The Saint men also scored in the medley relay, finishing fifth in the “B” final and 13th overall as the team of Grant Reeder, Matt Bauer, Ryan Karlin and Alex Root combined for a time of 1:51.51.
Blackburn tied for fifth in the “B” final and was 13th overall with a 25.00 clocking in the 50 freestyle with Czaja finishing second in the “C” final and 18th overall in 25.26 seconds. The other scorer in Wednesday competition for the Saints was Olivia Rettstatt, who was third in the “C” final and 19th overall in the 500 free in 5:21.14, a collegiate personal best by over 16 seconds.
Root and Bauer both swam personal bests in the 500 free in the preliminaries, but did not advance to the finals for the men.