Gruver, Otto Star As Swimmers Split Final Dual Meet

CORTLAND — The SUNY New Paltz men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams split their final dual meet of the season on Saturday at Cortland.

The women’s team cruised past the Red Dragons, 126-91, swimming exhibition (non-scoring) times in the final three races. The men, meanwhile, were edged 127-110, after needing to win the last event AND take either second or third for the come-from-behind victory.

Senior sensation Claudine Gruver won two individual events — the 200 yard Individual Medley and the 200 yard Backstroke — and led off the victorious 400 Medley Relay to once again pace the Hawk women. Her time in the Individual Medley (2:12.64) set New Paltz and SUNYAC records, and gave her at least one record-breaking performance in each of the (6-1) Hawks’ meets this season.

Freshman Mark Otto’s outstanding effort was overshadowed in the men’s loss. Otto did all he could, winning all three events he swam — the 1000 yard Freestyle, the 200 yard Butterfly, and the 500 yard Freestyle.