Fronczak sets another mark, Baker and Lopata win for Knights at Don Richards Invite
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 7:59 am

Potsdam, NY – For the second straight day, freshman Paige Fronczak set a new standard for the Clarkson University Swimming & Diving team as the Golden Knights again produced impressive individual performances in the final two sessions of the Don Richards Invitational, hosted by RIT.

The Golden Knights' men finished in second among six teams at the meet with 602.5 points, trailing RIT (1104.5) but ahead of Vassar College (525), Skidmore College (472), St. Lawrence University (253) and Bard College (223). The women ended up in sixth place out of seven teams with 292 points, behind RIT (803), William Smith (644), Vassar (606), St. Lawrence (517), and Skidmore (408) but ahead of Bard (121).

During the middle session, which took place on Saturday morning, Jacob Baker highlighted Clarkson's individual efforts with a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly (53.88 seconds). He was joined by teammates John Magnuson (54.56, fourth) and Gavin Lopata (ninth) in the top 10. Later on, Baker would finish in third in the 100 backstroke (54.76) and freshman Jase Smith (56.60) also finished fifth. One other event saw two Clarkson men finish in the top 10, with Magnuson taking third in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.22) and Benjamin Thibert gaining seventh (1:03.01). Sophomore Angus McLean enjoyed a pair of top-10 finishes by taking eighth in the 400 individual medley (4:38.21) and sixth in the 1650 freestyle (17:55.57). Gavin Lopata also took sixth in the 200 freestyle (1:49.44) and Brent Reid came in second in the 1-meter dive with 377.85 points.

On the women's side, Amelia Kanner and Brooke Peters each finished in the top 10 in the 400 individual medley, with Kanner coming in seventh (5:03.63) and Peters taking 10th-place. Taylor Lee also enjoyed a top-10 showing in the 100 breaststroke, coming in sixth in 1:11.86.

Clarkson continued to excel in the afternoon session of the meet, with Fronczak just missing out on first-place honors in the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.99 seconds, just one-twentieth of a second off the pace. Her time in that event shaved off a tenth of a second from the previous standard set by Katherine Gawrys in February 2009. Four other individuals added top 10 finishes for the women, including Lauren Grasberger, who came in 10th in both the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly. One spot ahead of Grasberger in the 200 fly was Brooke Atkinson, who finished in ninth in 2:21.62. Brooke Peters and Taylor Lee also finished back-to-back in ninth and 10th in the 200 breaststroke.

Gavin Lopata was the men's key highlight in the afternoon as the senior took first place in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.53 seconds. Benjamin Thibert ended up in fourth in the same event in 49.05 seconds. Baker again finished in the top three in the 200 backstroke, coming in third in 1:59.68 while Jase Smith was ninth in that event. Magnuson matched Baker's effort by coming in third in the 200 butterfly (2:00.31) while Angus McLean (ninth) and Caleb Farleigh (10th) also finished in the top 10. Nathan Perrotta also picked up a top-10 finish in the 200 breaststroke (2:25.99).