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Griffs Anthone, Wright earn MAAC individual titles

A pair of Canisius competitors experienced the sweet taste of championship glory Thursday during the second day of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships at the Erie Community College Flickinger Center.

Sophomore Rebecca Anthone captured her second career MAAC title by placing first in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4 minutes, 56.34 seconds.

One season after winning the 200 free and taking second in the 500, the Clarence product’s big day along with several other strong performances by her teammates leaves the Golden Griffins in third place with 179 points in the women’s team competition. Hannah Graesser placed third in the 50 free for Canisius. She and Anthone helped the 200 free relay team to a fourth-place finish.

The four-day event resumes Friday at 10 a.m. with the Marist women (325 points) and Rider men (330) leading their respective meets. Canisius’ men are in fifth place with 154 points, three points behind fourth-place Niagara. The NU women stand seventh out of nine teams with 115 points.

Canisius sophomore Travis Wright joined Anthone as a champion Thursday by capturing the 1-meter diving event with 314 points.

“Both were great wins tonight,” Griffs coach Scott Vanderzell said. “Rebecca put together a perfect swim and Travis was just on point all day.”

Brent Carbone took third in diving for Canisius, while Tommy Kirch placed sixth in the 200 individual medley.

Shawn Warner took third in the 200 IM for Niagara in 1:50.70. Sydney Kligys placed fifth in the 50 free.