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Erie swim teams compete in National Meet

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

The Erie Community College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed in the NJCAA National Meet in Florida, hosted by Indian River Community College March 3-6.

The Lady Kats finished in 10th scoring 119 points in the meet dominated by scholarship teams. Indian River dominated the event, winning with 1,071 points.

Erie was third among non-scholarship teams, trailing only Monroe Community College (309) and Ocean County (149) in the non-scholarship division.

Leading the Lady Kats was freshman Sam Gonter who set two school records in the 100 and 200 yard backstroke. Gonter finished 12th in the 100 back in 1:06.73. In the 200 back she finished in 9th in 2:24.63. Both finishes earned her honorable mention All-American status.

Also setting a school record was Caitlin Schwinge in the 1650 yard freestyle. Schwinge swam the event in 20:12.02.

Erie also earned honorable mention All-American status in the 400 medley relay, 800 free relay, and the 200 free relay. Swimming in those relays were Raena Koeppel, Rachelle Schmitt, Lacey Schmitt, Caitlin Schwinge, and Sam Gonter.

The men’s team finished in 13th place, scoring 46 points. Indian River claimed the men’s event as well with 938 points.

The Kats top finish was in the 200 yard free relay where they finished 10th to earn honorable mention All-American status. The relay team consisted of Tom Kasprzyk, Bobby Burke, Mike Mazurkiewicz, and Ryan Tomporowski.


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