Sixth place finishes for swimming and diving at Hamilton Invite
Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 8:37 am

CLINTON, N.Y.- The SUNY Potsdam men's and women's swimming and diving teams each placed sixth at the Hamilton College Invitational this weekend. Freshman Samantha Coombs (Jamesville, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt) paced the Bears with two first place victories that resulted in two Potsdam records broken.

Coombs broke Jackie Miller's 1987 record (25.12) in the 50 Free with a time of 25.00. She later tacked on another record breaking time in the 100 Free with a 54.91 finish. The record was previously owned by senior captain Jennifer Yeager (Greene, N.Y./Greene) that was recently broke in 2015 with a time of 55.16. Coombs and Yeager finished second and third in the 200 Free with times of 2:01.30 and 2:01.42, respectively. Coombs, fellow freshman Iris Curtis (Lewiston, N.Y./Niagara Wheatfield), junior Emily Gulitti (Kingston, N.Y./Kington) and Yeager teamed up in the 200 Free Relay for a second place finish (1:44.62) and in the 400 Free (3:50.77) for fourth place. Junior Colleen Fraser (Oswego, N.Y./Oswego) touched the wall third in the 200 Breastroke (2:35.18) and fourth in the 100 Breastroke (1:12.87). Two more fourth place finishes went to Yeager in the 500 Free with a time of 5:26.16 and Curtis in the 100 Backstroke (1:03.90).

For the men, the relay team of junior Jacob Van De Valk (Genoa, N.Y./Southern Cayuga), freshman Ben Sitts (Gouverneur, N.Y./Gouverneur), sophomore Andres Rodriguez (Bronx, N.Y./George Washington) and senior Ricky Blackburn (Cicero, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse) finished with a time of 1:44.48 to place seventh in the 200 Medley Relay. Van De Valk placed seventh and eighth in the 100 Backstroke (59.51) and the 200 IM (2:10.63), respectively. Then teamed up with senior Tim Knapp (Newark, N.Y./Newark), Rodriguez and Blackburn in the 200 Free Relay (1:33.87) to finish seventh. Sitts and fellow freshman Jason Ray (Mexico, N.Y./Mexico) each finished eighth in their individual events. Sitt in the 100 Breastroke (1:06.64) and Ray in the 200 Backstroke (2:11.31), while Knapp took seventh in the 1-meter dive.

Potsdam is off until after the New Year when they head to Saint Michael's for a 2 p.m. meet with the Purple Knights.