Swimming and Diving: Potsdam hosts home opener against Brockport
Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 9:41 pm

The Potsdam men's and the women's swimming and diving teams hosted their home opener of the season against the College at Brockport on Saturday.

Four Potsdam swimmers won at least two individual events and the men's relay team claimed a pair of victories, but both teams were edged out by the Golden Eagles with nearly identical scores.

The Bears men's team lost 158-131 while the women dropped 157-130. Each team is now 1-2 on the season.

The men's team of junior Dan Costa, senior Richie Zimmerman, sophomore Tyler Zapisek and freshman Ricky Blackburn doubled up by winning the 200-yard medley relay with a finals time of 1:40.67 and the 200 freestyle relay in 1:30.00.

Blackburn won the 200 freestyle in 1:57.99. Costa picked up a victory in the 100 backstroke (55.87) while Zimmerman easily outdistanced Brockport's Matt Panebianco by nearly seven seconds to win the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.77. Zimmerman also zoomed to an easy victory in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.67)

Zapisek touched the wall first in the 50 freestyle at 22.22 and the 100 freestyle in 49.57.

The Potsdam women got another boost from its incoming freshman class as Kristin Canjura took first place in the 1,000-yard freestyle by clocking in at 11:25.97 and Jennifer Yeager took home the 200 freestyle in 2:06.00. Canjura doubled up by taking the 500 freestyle in 5:34.60.

Junior Laurissa Coombs narrowly defeated Brockport's Alanna Blasting by .34 of a second in the 200 butterfly (2:23.06). Coombs, a junior, also won the 200 backstroke by finishing at 2:23.27. Junior Victoria Blakeslee picked up the 400 individual medley in 5:02.78.

Both Potsdam teams will be back at Maxcy Hall to host the North Country Invitational Friday starting at 4 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.