WEBSTER, NY -- The Alfred University men's swimming & diving team finished third in the Empire 8 and fourth overall during the first Allegheny Empire Swimming & Diving Championships on Saturday.
"Awesome night! We had solid miles to start the night, but things got exciting quickly when the team created a great atmosphere for the swimmers in finals by being very loud and animated," Head Coach Brian Striker '00 said. "Our momentum started when [Justin] Chadima, [Bryan] Rafoth and [Andrew] Yates went 1-2-3 in their heat and then Caitlin [Behr] did the same thing in the 100 freestyles. That trend continued in the backstroke and breastrokes. Both teams placed really well and made it a really interesting meet as we competed for top spots."
The Saxons were led by the one-two finish of the dynamic duo of senior Andy Edmister (Belmont, NY/Genesee Valley Central) and first-year Phillip Volaski (Poughquag, NY/Arlington) in the 200-yard backstroke. Both entered the Championship Finals seeded one spot below their finishes as the both got out to great starts and held the lead over the rest of the pack, with Edmister registering his final collegiate backstroke time of 1:50.92, falling short of an Alfred University school record and Volaski hitting a time of 1:52.12.
Both Colin Schultz (Spencerport, NY/Spencerport) and Noah Koltenuk (Danville, PA/Danville Area) had sixth place finishes on the day as Koltenuk picked up the first in the 1,650-yard freestyle. Koltenuk led the majority of the race until the other racers caught up and passed his time of 16:38.69. Shultz swam a 2:12.77 in the 200-yard breaststroke for his sixth place finish and was followed by teammate, Justin Jarmer (Flagstaff, AZ/Northland Preparatory Academy) in eighth place with a time of 2:16.73.