WEBSTER, NY -- The Alfred University women's swimming & diving team finished third overall and within its conference during the final day of the Allegheny Empire Swimming & Diving Championships as the Saxons defeated all six of the AMCC schools, making it an Empire 8 1-2-3 sweep.
"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. I'm really proud of the women for picking up the third place overall."
Lauren Serotta (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) picked up her second championship title and All-Empire 8 First Team Honors as she won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:07.55, besting her prelim time by almost four seconds. The second half of the dynamic duo, Rachel Flaherty (Middlebury, CT/Pomperaug) was in the running of top swimmers in the backstroke event as she swam a 2:15.82, better her time from prelims by almost two seconds and just barely being edged out of fourth place by almost half a second.
The next event in the pool resulted in an exciting finish for the Saxons as Amanda Guariglia (Valley Stream, NY/Valley Stream South)came from behind to tie for fourth place in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:34.24. The women's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Caitlin Behr (Long Beach Island, NJ/Southern Regional), Guariglia, Ivy Vallely (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) and Serotta finished third with a time of 3:47.36 to not only secure their team's spot in the final score list, but to also help boost Alfred State College to claim it's first conference championship since joining Division III, vaulting them past Penn State-Behrend.