SLU's Dutra wins 100 backstroke at Liberty League championships
Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 7:59 am

The St. Lawrence University men's and women's swimming and diving teams both concluded the 2010 Liberty League Championships with fourth place overall finishes. Two swimmers earned their first ever conference championship titles in an event on the weekend. Senior Jared Pellerin and sophomore Jason Dutra claimed the 500 freestyle and the 100 backstroke titles, respectively.

The men finished with 427.5 total points. RPI took home the championship title with 860 points.

On the women's side, the Saints finished with 392 points. The Rochester Yellowjackets earned the conference title with 865.5 points.

Dutra earned his first conference title with a first place finish in the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.44. The Glens Falls, NY native outtouched Union's Brian Scarlett who had a time of 54.33.

Pellerin earned his championship victory in the 500 freestyle in the first session on Friday. His time of 4:53.90 held off Rochester's Evan Jones (4:54.41) and Adam Herzong (4.55.84). The Plattsburgh, NY native also posted a second place finish on Saturday in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 17:07.86. He was followed by classmate Russ Newton with a time of 17:13.95 for the third place finish.

Also highlighting the events on Saturday was Senior Rob Sibley also earned a second place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:02.19. RPI's Julian Schott took home the title with a time of 59.62.

Sibley, along with Dutra, junior Andrew Hayes and sophomore Alex Root earned fourth place finishes in the 400 freestyle relay (3:21.87) and the 200 medley relay (1:42.95).

Hayes placed third in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:00.30.

Sophomore Casey Abribat led the women with two third place finishes on the day. The Warwick, NY native swam the 100 backstroke in 1:01.64 and the 200 backstroke in 2:11.75.

First-year student Katharina Weidhausser also posted two fourth place finishes in the 100 butterfly (1:01.09) and the 200 freestyle (2:01.41), while junior Chasity Barcomb earned a fourth place finish of her own in the 3m diving event scoring 299.60 points.