Courtesy: Carlisle Stockton

Griffin Burke Sets School Record In 200 Backstroke

Courtesy: Fairfield University
February 11, 2017

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The Fairfield University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams wrapped up their season on Saturday with the final day of the 2017 MAAC Championships.

The women finished with 319 points, good for 6th place with Marist College claiming the top spot with 810 points. For the men, they ended with 172.5 points and finished in 9th place while Rider claimed first place with 840.5 points.

In the 1650 freestyle, Katelyn Hahn placed 15th with a time of 18:32.30.

Kelly Cordes qualified for the A-Final in the 100 freestyle event. The sophomore finished 8th with a personal best time of 53.48.

In the next event, the 200 breaststroke, Colleen Young and Emily Vlass each earned a spot in the A-Final. Young claimed 4th place with a personal best time of 2:25.38 while Vlass placed 5th with a personal best time of 2:25.88.

Grace Goddard and Betsy Powers both qualified for the B-Final of the 200 butterfly. Goddard claimed 9th overall with a time of 2:10.76 and Powers clocked in at a personal best 2:14.89, good for 14th.

The final event of the Championships was the 400 freestyle relay. The team of Cordes, Young, Emily Holman, and Oreoluwa Cherebin grabbed 8th place with a time of 3:42.22.

For the men, Jameson Duncan was the top swimmer in the 1650 freestyle. The junior placed 13th with a personal best time of 16:35.09. Phillip Zyskowski clocked in at a personal best 16:36.40 in 14th place. Michael Sparks followed in 17th with a personal best time of 16:41.61 and Austin Kenyon was 18th with a personal best time of 16:45.98.

In the 200 backstroke, Griffin Burke qualified for the B-Finals, placing 9th overall with a new school record time of 1:55.04. The freshman broke the previous record of 1:55.05 held by Paul Bimmler who set the record back in February of 2012.

The men’s team of Andrew Tavcar, Jordan Rahurahu, Zyskowski, and Justin Touve earned an 8th place finish in the 400 freestyle relay after clocking in at 3:11.08.

The final diving event was the women’s 1-meter. In the A-Final Kylie More grabbed 8th with a Finals score of 200.60. And Leah Pawelczyk competed in the B-Final, placing 12th overall with a Finals score of 171.65.


200 Backstroke Prelims:

19th Emily Holman (2:17.34)

22nd Lauren Belecanech (2:17.69)

23rd Kristin Kunnapas (2:17.76)

24th Juliana Lally (2:17.82)

20th Nick Delfico (1:59.96)

22nd Nick Giardiello (2:01.90)

25th Chris Beninati (2:03.39)


100 Freestyle Prelims:

30th Donna Lam (56.06)

26th Andrew Tavcar (47.86)

28th Justin Touve (48.02)

35th Ian Nelson (49.00)

43rd Chris Beninati (50.70)

46th Brendan Finnegan (51.37)


200 Breaststroke Prelims:

18th Shannon McDade (2:35.91)

19th Tara Lenahan (2:36.57)

21st Meghan Guinee (2:37.14)

22nd Alec Melotto (2:21.05)

23rd Harrison McGovern (2:23.39)


200 Butterfly Prelims:

20th Lauren Belecanech (2:23.79)

17th Jordan Rahurahu (1:56.19)

23rd Nick Adams (1:59.36)

28th Brendan Finnegan (2:02.49) – Personal Best

30th Nick Delfico (2:05.98) – Personal Best

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