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Morrisville State swimming falls to SUNY New Paltz

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women’s swimming and diving team fell to host SUNY New Paltz by a 95-63 decision while the men’s team fell 98-59.

On the women’s side, Emily Olson (Massena, NY/Massena) and Robin Gignilliat (Cicero, NY/Cicero-North Syracuse) led the Mustangs in the 200 freestyle, touching in with times of 2:26.19 and 3:15.18 respectively. Teammates Kirsten Weideman (Howes Caverns, NY/Cobleskill) and Marion Pardoe (Angola, NY/Lake Shore) checked in with times of 35.10 and 36.32 in the 50 free while Olson finished fourth in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 3:01.88.

Sheila Levchak (Kearny, NJ/Kearny) was the top finisher for the Mustangs in the 100 yard free at 1:04.75 with teammate Ashley Mancini (Marcy, NY/Whitesboro) touching in at 1:11.89. Gignilliat was the top finisher for the women in the 200 backstroke in 3:44.19.

Levchak again led the Mustangs in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:23.01 while Mancini touched in at 7:08.87. Weideman was the top finisher in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 3:15.57 while the 400 yard freestyle relay team of Levchak, Mancini, Weideman and Olson finished with a time of 4:43.56.

On the men’s side, Justin Ware (Poughkeepsie, NY/Garland), Bryan Sheairs (Mapleshade, NJ/Burlington County) and Charles Bisnett (Syracuse, NY/Corcoran) finished 3rd through 5th in the 200 free with times of 2:40.61, 2:57.17 and 3:09.83 respectively. In the 50 free, Devin Conner (Rose, NY/North Rose-Wolcott) led the Mustangs with a finish of 27.87 while teammates Angel Rodriguez (Brooklyn, NY/Progress) and Chris Perch (Brooklyn, NY/Boys & Girls) touched in at 37.90 and 41.80 respectively.
Cameron Bray (Bliss, NY/Letchworth) was the top finisher for the Mustangs in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:33.95 while teammate Edgar Linean (Buffalo, NY/McKinley) checked in at 3:29.43.

In the 100 free, Conner touched in at 1:04.53 to lead the men while Kenny Anderson (Staatsburg, NY/FDR) came in at 1:08.12 and Besmir Shparthi (Bronx, NY/Christopher Columbus) tallied a 1:33.16 time. Anderson and Sheairs checked in at 3:28.33 and 3:32.34 respectively to lead the men in the 200 yard backstroke while Bray, Thomas Marosevic (Astoria, NY/St. Johns) and Linean were top finishers in the 200 breaststroke with times of 3:04.87, 3:14.46 and 3:59.88 respectively.

The men completed the day with the 400 freestyle relay team A finish of 4:33.82 (Ware, Conner, Bisnett, Bray) and team B (Anderson, Linean, Shparthi and Sheairs) finish of 5:12.01.

Morrisville State returns to the pool on Saturday, November 10 at Mount Saint Mary’s College.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2007. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.