Swim Teams Compete at the Union Relays – Michelle Coombs Makes National Cut in Backstroke

SCHENECTADY, NY — The SUNY New Paltz women’s and men’s swimming teams competed at the Union Relays Saturday afternoon. The women placed second out of three teams with 114 points, while the men finished third with 78 points.

Senior Michelle Coombs highlighted the meet in the 300 Backstroke Relay making a national cut time of 59.41 on her split. The cut time to make nationals is 59.99. Coombs teamed with Katie Rapp and Liz Delia to grab first in a time of 3:05.39

SUNY New Paltz finished first in the 400-yard medley relay of Delia, Joelle Hopf, Liz Ruggiero, and Coombs in 4:10.52. Regina Davide, Laura Lipp and Hopf claimed first in the 300-year Breaststroke Relay in 3:34.46. The Hawks touched first in the 500-yard crecendo relay in a time of 4:52.56 by Ashley Williamson, Davide, Hopf and Coombs.

Williamson, Beth Colebeck, Lipp and Davide swam to a first place finish in the 200-yard free relay (1:43.67). Coombs, Davide, Hopf, and Williamson combined for a first place finish in the 400-yard free relay with a time of 3:46.13.

The SUNY New Paltz men’s team came with a second place finish in the 300-yard back relay of Stephen Cozzolongo, Zack Lowenstein, and Johnny Fleckenstein in 2:48.31. The Hawks claimed second in the 200-yard free relay of Joe Fails, Brendan Lown, Mike Demerest and Brian Bennett with a time of 1:35.26. Fleckenstein, Cozzolongo, and Lowenstein combined for a second place finish in the 600-yard medley in a time of 6:30.15.

The Hawks return to the pool when they host the Oneonta Red Dragons on Friday November 3rd at 4:00 p.m.