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Swim and Dive sets records in MAAC championships

By: Connor Pohlman

On the third day of the 2022 MAAC Swimming and Diving Championships at the Burt Flickinger Center, Liam O'Connell and sophomore Jordan O'Connor established program records in the men's 200 free and women's 100 back, respectively.

O'Connell, who garnered sixth place in the final, swam a time of 1:39.98, breaking his 1:40.01 time from the 2019-20 season.

O'Connor broke the program record in the preliminary event, swimming in 57.34 seconds. The sophomore topped Cassie Brousseau's 57.67, which she set in 2015-16.

During the final session in the evening, O'Connor swam a 57.50, which was good for fourth place.

On the men's side, freshman Archie Minto garnered a sixth-place finish in the 100 fly (49.34).

For the women's team, freshman Ashley Allaire earned a fourth-place finish in the 200 free, swimming a 1:54.03.

Senior Adriana Bolender finished seventh in the 3-meter dive, picking up a score of 195.45.

After the third day, the women's team sits in seventh place with 211 points, while the men are also in seventh with 165 points.

During the final day of the MAAC Swimming and Diving Championships, freshman Archie Minto and graduate student Sage Pollack ended their strong seasons on a high note, becoming the 2022 MAAC champions in the 200 fly and 100 free events, respectively, on the final day of the championships at the Burt Flickinger Center.

Minto swam a time of 1:47.87, claiming gold and establishing a new program record. The Burley in Wharfedale, England native broke Shawn Parkhurst's record-setting time of 1:48.16, which was set in the 2012-13 season. Minto went a perfect eight-for-eight in the 200 fly this season.

Pollack claimed her second gold of the meet, finishing the event in 51.26 seconds. The New City, N.Y. native established a program record in the preliminary event, swimming a 51.19, which broke Ashlynn Gilfillan's 51.71 time from 2019-20.

Like what happened in the 50 free, Pollack was the first to touch the wall in all eight attempts in the 100-free event during the 2021-22 campaign.

Pollack also became the third Canisius female in program history to earn two first-place finishes in the same season at a MAAC Championship. Additionally, the graduate student is the first ever Golden Griffin to earn gold in the 50- and 100-free events at the championship meet.

Senior Liam O'Connell concluded his strong season by earning third place in the 1650. O'Connell swam the event in 15:42.19.

Both the men's and women's teams finished in seventh place in the overall standings. The women earned a total of 294 points and the men picked up 251 points.

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