Men’s Swimming & Diving Seek to Retain SUNYAC Crown

GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo men's swimming & diving team seeks its sixth-consecutive State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championship this week at Erie Community College in Buffalo. The Knights have won 25 titles in program history, including 17 under head coach Paul Dotterweich and have lifted the trophy each of the last five years. Last season, Geneseo won 12 out of the 20 events setting one meet record and five SUNYAC records, including a 200 free relay record (1:21.77) that sent four Knights to the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships.

Check back after each day for updated coverage of the SUNYAC Swimming & Diving Championships.

DAY ONE RECAP - Geneseo set the tone in the first event of the championships with a first-place finish and meet record in the 800 free relay. Senior Matt Modelewski, junior Mitchell Phelps, sophomore Harry Harkins and first-year Sean McClellan combined to finish in 6:51.17, edging the previous SUNYAC Championship record set last season by the Geneseo relay team. The Knights enter day two leading the meet with 40 points and will resume at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning.

DAY TWO RECAP - The Knights finished first in all four swimming events to extend their lead on the second day of competition at the SUNYAC Championships on Friday. Geneseo began the evening with a first-place finish in the 200 free relay as sophomore Will Eng and Harry Harkins teamed with seniors Matthew Modelewski and Joseph Ruggiero to touch up in 1:22.70. In the 500 free, first-year Sean McClellan (4:39.46) and junior Matt Mattera (4:40.96) finished first and second respectively. Senior Clark Davis took first in the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.24, barely edging his teammate junior Mitchell Phelps, who finished in 1:53.80. In the 50 free, Eng took first in 21.03, followed by Harkins in second (21.18) and Modelewski in fourth (21.33). Phelps and Eng joined juniors Kaz Sampson and John Wilson to place first in the 400 medley relay, finishing in 3:25.86. In the one-meter dive, first-year Corey Wirth finished first (493.40) and first-year Ben Wilcox took fifth (454.40) as both divers qualified for NCAA Regionals. The Knights rank first after two days of action with 341 points, leading second-place Cortland (188) by more than 150 points. Swimming will resume on Friday morning at 10:00 a.m.

DAY THREE RECAP - Geneseo rolled into day three and extended its lead with five first-place finishes in the six events, Friday. Junior Kaz Sampson set a SUNYAC record, finishing first in the 100 breast with a time of 56.25. He joined Phelps, Wilson and Harkins to form the Knights' first-place 200 medley relay team, finishing in 1:32.31. Senior Clark Davis finished first in the 400 IM, his second career crown in the event, finishing in a time of 4:04.23. Phelps finished first in the 100 fly, clocking in at 50.00 and Harkins finished as the 200 free champion with a time of 1:43.44. Eng turned in the Knights' top time in the 100 back, finishing second with a time of 52.21. With 13 out of 20 events completed, Geneseo leads the pack with 624 points, while Oswego ranks second with 347 points. 

 

Date  Event  Name Seed Time Prelims Finals (Champions in Bold)
Feb. 20 800 Free Relay         
    Phelps, Modelewski,
McClellan, Harkins
    1. 6:51.17 MEET RECORD 
           
Feb. 21 200 Free Relay        
   

Eng, Modelewski,
Ruggiero, Harkins

    1. 1:22.70 
           
  500 Free        
    Harper Coleman 5:03.95  26. 5:04.93   
    Matt Farago 4:50.17 6. 4:48.32  8. 4:56.21
    Matt Mattera 4:49.97 3. 4:45.11  2. 4:40.96 
    Sean McClellan 4:47.31 2. 4:44.24  1. 4:39.46 
    Matt Triaszin 4:53.64 13. 4:53.48    
  200 IM        
    Kyle Barry 2:04.69 4. 1:57.49  4. 1:58.60 
    Clark Davis 1:55.69 3. 1:56.25  1. 1:53.24 
    Mitchell Phelps 1:58.67 1. 1:54.15  2. 1:53.80 
    Connor Towers 2:01.36 11. 2:00.93   
    James Wun 2:02.62 13. 2:01.56   
  50 Free        
    Will Eng 21.20 2. 21.26  1. 21.03 
    Harry Harkins 21.43 1. 21.24  2. 21.18 
    Alex Jakubiak 21.91 12. 21.85   
    Matthew Modelewski 21.33 5. 21.46  4. 21.33 
    Joseph Ruggiero 21.63 6. 21.55  6. 21.44 
    Kaz Sampson 21.77 11. 21.82   
    John Wilson 21.98 16. 22.05   
  400 Medley Relay        
    Phelps, Sampson,
Wilson, Eng
    1. 3:25.86 
  One-Meter Dive        
    Denzel Flowers     16. 329.85 
    Ben Wilcox     5. 454.40 
    Corey Wirth     1. 493.40 
Feb. 22 200 Medley Relay        
    Phelps, Sampson,
Wilson, Harkins
    1. 1:32.31 
  400 IM        
    Kyle Barry 4:27.02 6. 4:16.38  4. 4:13.58 
    Harper Coleman 4:24.60 5. 4:14.92  6. 4:17.79 
    Clark Davis 4:11.96 4. 4:13.99  1. 4:04.23 
    Matthew Farago 4:22.92 7. 4:17.38  8. 4:24.30 
    Matthew Mattera 4:16.64 2. 4:12.89  2. 4:07.98 
    Connor Towers 4:22.67 12. 4:23.09   
  100 Fly        
    Mitchell Phelps 50.68 1. 50.29 1. 50.00 
    Matthew Triaszin 53.27 9. 53.44   
    John Wilson 52.33 2. 50.87  2. 50.82 
  200 Free        
    Harry Harkins 1:44.85 2. 1:44.67  1. 1:43.44 
    Alex Jakubiak 1:46.78 8. 1:46.18  7. 1:45.82 
    Matthew Modelewski 1:44.65 3. 1:45.20  2. 1:43.74 
    Joseph Ruggiero 1:47.08 4. 1:45.76  6. 1:45.81 
  100 Breast        
    Kaz Sampson 56.95 1. 56.85  1. 56.25
SUNYAC Record 
    James Wun 56.92 2. 57.81  4. 57.88 
  100 Back        
    Will Eng 53.42 2. 53.46  2. 52.21 
Feb. 23 1650 Free        
    Matthew Farago 10:16.53   7. 16:47.57
    Matthew Mattera 9:55.20   2. 16:12.85 
NCAA B CUT
    Sean McClellan 10:03.92   3. 16:32.25 
  200 Back        
    Kyle Barry 2:01.51 2. 1:55.69  3. 1:54.65
  100 Free        
    Will Eng 46.79 1. 46.32  T1. 46.57 
    Harry Harkins 47.02 6. 47.03  3. 46.74 
    Alex Jakubiak 48.31 16. 48.59   
    Matthew Modelewski 47.77 3. 46.94  4. 46.88 
    Joseph Ruggiero 47.66 9. 47.49   
  200 Breast        
    Clark Davis 2:10.99 2. 2:09.10  1. 2:06.37 
    Kaz Sampson 2:08.92 3. 2:09.96  2. 2:06.72 
    Connor Towers 2:18.52 9 2:13.77   
    James Wun 2:09.40 4. 2:10.17  3. 2:08.29 
  200 Fly        
    Harper Coleman 2:02.93 14. 2:02.79   
    Sean McClellan 1:58.15 3. 1:56.23  3. 1:56.82 
    Mitchell Phelps 1:53.28 1. 1:52.82  1. 1:52.35 
    Matthew Triaszin 1:58.73 2. 1:55.89  2. 1:55.42 
    John Wilson 2:01.49 10. 1:59.31   
  400 Free Relay        
    Eng, Modelewski,
Ruggiero, Harkins
   

1. 3:04.57 

  Three-Meter Dive        
    Denzel Flowers     14. 350.50 
    Ben Wilcox     3. 498.50 
    Corey Wirth     2. 528.30  

 

ABOUT THE KNIGHTS

  • The Knights will look to dominate the relays once again after taking first in all five relay events at the SUNYAC Championships for the second-straight season last year. The team set a meet record in the 800 free relay (6:51.59) and set SUNYAC records in the 400 medley relay (3:22.54) and the 400 free relay (3:03.77).
  • Junior Matt Mattera returns as the two-time defending SUNYAC champion in the 500 free, finishing in 4:41.61 last season. Junior Kaz Sampson will look to defend his crown in the 100 breast, where he finished with a time of 57.77 last year.
  • Junior Mitchell Phelps will seek to retain his title after he placed first in last year's 200 back, finishing in 1:53.62.  
  • Senior Clark Davis finished second in both the 200 IM and 400 IM last season and will look to earn victories in both events this year. He won the 400 IM and placed third in the 200 IM in 2017.
  • Sophomores Harry Harkins and Will Eng will both compete in the 100 free and 50 free. Both finished in the top five of both events at last year's championships.
  • Samuel Randall swept the diving events at last year's championships before going on to earn a national championship in the one-meter dive. First-years Corey Wirth and Ben Wilcox along with senior Denzel Flowers will look to continue the Knights' success on the boards.