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Weekly Kats Wrap: SUNY Erie swim squad preps for Region III championships

Article by: Michael Farrell

BUFFALO— In its last tune-up before the upcoming Region III championships on February 16, SUNY Erie Community College’s swimming and diving squads fell to I-90 rival Monroe Community College, 116-66 (women) and 172-39 (men) inside its home West Herr Natatorium at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center on January 31.

Team losses aside, it wasn’t all bad news for the Kats. Some swimmers—such as Newfane native Allie DeBiase and the women’s 200-yard freestyle relay squad—earned individual wins on an otherwise forgettable evening. DeBiase won the women's 400-yard individual medley with a finishing time of 5:21.15, then topped the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:44.71.

The 200-yard freestyle relay quartet—consisting of Amanda Weinreber, Alexis Slimak, Stephanie Zmuda, and Katlyn Chwalinski—won its event with a finish of 1:51.94. 

Women's basketball

Prolific freshman guard Shamecca Minor scored 35 of her team’s 71 points to lead the Kats (6-12) past the Mercyhurst North East Saints, 71-52 inside the Flickinger Center on January 31.

Minor would lead the Kats all game, with 14 points in the fourth quarter, perfection at the free throw line (7-for-7) and an 8-for-14 tally behind the three-point arc. Teammate Aaron Shabazz would add 12 points, and Bronx-born guard Jaisy Soto added 10 in the win.

Next up: SUNY Erie will go for its third straight win when it travels to Niagara County Community College for a date with the Thunderwolves on February 7, starting at 5:30 p.m. 

Men's basketball 

On the men’s side, the Shevon Anisca-led Kats extended its current winning streak to four games with a 101-78 win over Mercyhurst North East at the Flickinger Center on January 31. 

Freshman forward Anisca (22 points) led a spread-out offensive effort for SUNY Erie (12-6), with other four other players—including guards Kyle Harris (16 points) and Pedro Marquez (15)—scoring in double digits. Brooklyn forward Eniola Durosinmi added 11 rebounds, leading a Kats effort that out-boarded the Saints, 56-27. 

Next up: The men look to continue their winning ways when they face NCCC in Sanborn on February 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Since 1946, SUNY Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides innovative, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, SUNY Erie’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu or call (716) 851-1ECC.