CU Swimmer Surpasses 23-Yr Old Butterfly Record
ITHACA – Three more records fell for the Clarkson University Swimming & Diving team on Friday, including a 23-year-old record from a former All-American, as the Golden Knights continued their excellent run at the Liberty League Championships, held at Ithaca College. The Golden Knights' men remain in fifth place with 666.5 points, just 40 tallies behind fourth place Vassar (706). The Clarkson women also moved up another spot in the standings, surpassing St. Lawrence for seventh place with 388 points. The meet will finish off tomorrow with the final nine events. Senior Jacob Baker was the headliner for the Knights on Friday night, surpassing the standard set by former All-American Charlie Weisman '97 in the 200 butterfly. The 23-year-old mark was 1:54.66, but Baker topped it in the preliminaries by more than a second, shaving 3.48 seconds off his seed time from earlier in the year. Though he was a quarter second slower in the finals at 1:53.73, he still was nearly a full second faster in that run, finishing seventh in that event. Classmate Johnny Magnuson broke a four-year old mark in the 100 breaststroke in his finals run in that event. He took close to two seconds off his seed time and finished at 58.81 in the preliminaries, three-tenths of a second off the mark. However, he was almost a half second faster in the finals at 58.33 to break the mark, taking fifth in that event. Jack Kelly (9th, 59.53), Dylan Marshall (14th, 1:01.87), and Nathan Perrotta (21st, 1:04.86) also picked up points for Clarkson in the 100 breaststroke. Clarkson was nearly as deep in the 100 backstroke as three swimmers scored in that event. Benjamin Thibert took fifth in 52.14, Jase Smith was 15th in 54.90 and Sean Landers came in 18th in 55.64. Senior Brent Reid almost broke another standard for the Knights in the 1-meter dive, coming up 4.75 points short of the previous record. He finished second in the event with a score of 461.75 points. Clarkson's men also ended up in fourth in the 800 freestyle, as the group of Collin Slupe, Thibert, Baker, and Paul Braun closed out the race in 7:02.46. Clarkson's women also set a new standard, breaking the mark in the 800 freestyle relay by more than four seconds thanks to the combination of Paige Fronczak, Amelia Kanner, Brooke Peters, and Taylor Lee, who finished the event in 8:03.76 to take eighth place. Besides that record-breaking run, Clarkson had eight swimmers in the finals on Friday night, with the top finish going to Taylor Lee in the 100 breaststroke. The sophomore came in 10th place in that event in 1:10.35, just a half second faster than Peters, who was 11th in 1:10.80. Lauren Oleksy (17th, 1:12.68) and Bailey Brennen (19th, 1:12.99) were also at the top of the 'C' finals heat. In the 200 butterfly, Payton Wolcott came in 16th (2:28.34) and was followed by Madelyn Nowicki (19th, 2:27.89) and Kirsten Lehnen (23rd, 2:36.49). Nicole Sayman also placed 18th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:03.46.