Feb. 12, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - The weekend that has been circled on the swimming and diving calendar has finally arrived. The Saints travel to Buffalo, N.Y. for this weekend's Swimming and Diving MAAC Championships at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center at Erie Community College.
The Saints are 4-4 in head-to-head meets this season and coming off of a dominating performance in their final home meet, defeating Sacred Heart 126-79. The season long preparation has the Saints focused to perform well in Buffalo this weekend.
There are several Saints who have won events this year and have the potential to win individual events at the MAACs.
Captain Amanda York leads the Saints with seven total individual wins in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly. York's best time in the 200-yard fly came when she won the event at the ECAC Championships in December in 2:09.66. York also recorded her best 100-yard fly at the ECAC Championships, finishing with a time of 0:59.90.
Shannon Love and Megan Grace each finished with six individual wins this year. Love found success in the 50 and 100-yard free events with her top times from the ECAC Championships. Love finished the 50-free in 0:24.65 and the 100-free in :054.30. Grace has won most of her events in the second half, sweeping the 1000-free and 500-free events three times against C.W. Post (1/18), Assumption (1/24) and Sacred Heart (2/1).
Sophomore Emily Carideo earned five wins in a variety of events this year. Carideo swept the distance events against Niagara (11/16) and won the 200IM (twice) and recorded her best time of the year in the 400IM with a time of 4:38.36 at the ECAC Championships.
Transfer Dory Miller was consistent all year for the Saints, providing energy to the team while winning five individual events. Miller won a mix between the 200-yard back and the 200-yard IM events. Millers' best times came at the ECAC Championships in December, finishing the 200-back in a time of 2:10.59 and the 200-IM in 2:15.01.
Kelsey Helin and Jacque Medina each finished with three individual wins on the year. Helin won all three events in the 100 and 200-breaststroke events while Medina won all three events in the 200-yard free.
Kat Canavan, Lauren Daly and captain Dana Tricarico also won individual events this season. Canavan won the 100 and 200-backstroke events at Holy Cross and against Assumption, respectively. Daly won the 100-breast at Holy Cross with a time of 1:12.03. Senior captain Tricarico won the 100-yard free at home on Senior Day against Sacred Heart in a time of 0:56.15.
Divers Hailey Beers and Kate Ackert are composed and ready to make noise at the MAAC Championships this season. Beers won back-to-back MAAC Diver of the Week this year and has been performing dives with a degree of difficulty of 1.7-2.4. Kate Ackert is coming off of her best performance of the year against Sacred Heart, scoring 160.35 and 167.35 in the one and three meter dives, respectively.
The 2014 MAAC Swimming & Diving Championships begin on February 13th at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center at Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y. Tickets to attend the MAAC Championships are available now at MAAC.Ticketleap.com. Make sure to follow SienaSaints.com for the latest information following each day of competition at the MAAC Championships.