THREE RECORDS FALL IN STRONG DAY THREE
THACA, N.Y. – Seniors Harrison Shockley and Hiro Kamei, along with junior Meredith Wagner broke school records, leading the Skidmore College swimming and diving teams in what was a strong third day of action at the Liberty League Championships, held at Ithaca College's Athletics and Events Center Friday night. Shockley originally got the record in the preliminary heat, finishing an impressive second with a time of 51.87. He topped it in the final, earning Skidmore's best finish of the meet (2nd) with a new record time of 51.66. He breaks his own record of 52.05, setting that in the finals of the league championships last season. Nick Meconiates finished 16th in the same event, swimming in a time of 55.88. Ryan Cohen finished right behind in 18th (56.44). Kamei broke his second record of the meet on Friday, placing third overall in the 100-yard breaststroke with a record-setting time of 57.84. Like Shockley, he originally topped that mark with a strong performance in the prelims (58.44), and he also needed just one year to break his old record, set at last year's league championship, in 58.81. Meredith Wagner also broke her own school record, finishing ninth overall in the 100-breaststroke with a time of 1:08.85. Her old record was in 2017, originally set with a time of 1:09.23. Alyssa Pacewicz finished right behind her in 1:09.59, just off Wagner's mark. There were three other podium finishes for the Thoroughbreds. In the men's 800-yard freestyle relay, the Skidmore quartet of Kyle Hughson, Lucas Po, Ryan Cohen and Owen Kula landed with a seventh-place finish (7:32.36). The women's 800-yard freestyle relay team of Wagner, Elizabeth Levy, Emily Favreau, and Olivia Frechette placed eighth, finishing in 8:12.10. On the 1-meter board, Rachel Adamsky wrapped up a strong league championship run, placing eighth with an 11-dive score of 345.20. Hannah Krall finished 12th with a score of 306.75, while Grace Howard wrapped up her first league championship meet with a score of 253.65, good for 20th. For the rest of the women, Claire Stetten swam her way into 15th place in the 100-yard backstroke event in dramatic fashion. First, she finished in a two-way 16th place tie with Union's Elise Liebow (1:01.64), triggering a swim-off for the last spot in the 'B' final. She got past Liebow in the ensuing race, with a time of 1:00.71. In the final, the senior swam with a time of 1:01.75. Levy finished 12th overall in the 200-yard butterfly, touching in a time of 2:16.46. Madison Collins finished 19th (2:27.32). For the rest of the men, Carmine Raimondi and Kula led Skidmore's efforts in the 200-yard butterfly. Raimondi finished 22nd in a time of 2:10.64, while Kula swam in 24th place, with a time of 2:14.02.