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Ashley Keller repeats as SUNYAC's top diver
Monday, February 24, 2014

Ashley Keller repeats as SUNYAC's top diver

Fredonia's springboard diving dominance at the conference level continued at the SUNYAC Swimming & Diving championship held this weekend. Senior Ashley Keller (Lockport, N.Y.) was named Female Diver of the Meet for the second straight year, while teammates Katelyn Haley (Canandaigua), Heather Colby (Oswego) and Breena Cogliandro (Penfield) finished second, third and fifth, respectively.

Fredonia State's dominance in springboard diving at the conference level, especially among its women, continued at the 2014 SUNYAC Swimming & Diving championship meet which concluded Saturday night at the Burt Flickinger Aquatic Center.

Senior Ashley Keller (Lockport, N.Y.) was named the meet's Female Diver of the Meet for the second straight year after winning Saturday's 1-meter final. It's the ninth straight year a Fredonia State women has won the award.

During early the same stretch, Fredonia State men have won 5 of 12 Male Diver awards, including one more this year.

Keller had Blue Devil company on the awards podium. Her winning score was 457.35 points, followed by senior teammate Katelyn Haley (Canandaigua) in second with 437.85, junior Heather Colby (Oswego) in third with 428.70, and senior Breena Cogliandro (Penfield) in fifth with 408.90. In addition, freshman Sam Kowalewski (Attica) won the consolation final with 369.05.

The points accumulated by the divers enabled the Blue Devils to finish fifth in the SUNYAC team standings. The swimmers and divers combined for 404 points, five points behind fourth-place Oneonta. Geneseo won the SUNYAC title.

The top swimming performance Saturday was turned in by senior Larissa Dobson (Hamburg, N.Y.), who broke the school record in the 200 breast stroke during Saturday preliminaries. Her 2:24.44 was the fastest time during preliminaries and eclipsed Stephanie Andrasek's 2:26.01 set at last year's SUNYAC meet. Dobson came back at night to swim 2:26.25, good for third place.

The other Saturday night swimming finalist was junior Stephanie Rosa (Phillipsburg, N.J.), who finished fifth in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:10.04. Her preliminary time was 2:12.03.

Fredonia State's 400-freestyle relay finished sixth Saturday night. The quartet of junior Rachel Morgano (West Islip, N.Y.), sophomore Jami Barber (Hamlin, N.Y.), junior Ellie Brion (Canandaigua), and Rokos combined for a time of 3:39.84.

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