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Rider, Marist romp in MAAC swimming finals

It was business as usual, or so it seemed, at the top of the standings at the end of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday night.

Rider was the men’s champion, and Marist took the women’s title at the four-day event held at the Burt J. Flickinger Athletic Center.

It was the fifth straight win for the Broncs, who led almost all the way in the competition. Marist was a relatively distant second. On the women’s side, the Red Foxes were well ahead of the field as well for their sixth straight crown. Rider came in second.

Among the two local schools, Canisius finished with the edge. The Golden Griffin men finished fourth, while the women’s team wasn’t far behind Rider in third place.

Canisius also had an individual highlight of the competition. Travis Wright was named the outstanding male diver of the event. He recorded a final score of 314 on the 1-meter board and a 347.05 on the 3-meter board.

Meanwhile, Niagara came in sixth among men and seventh in the women’s competition.

The Rider men and Marist women more or less dominated the competition on Saturday. Rider took the 400-yard relay in record time, and the Broncs won four of five individual events as well. Zachary Molloy of Rider was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Male Swimmer as he won three gold medals and set a MAAC record. Molloy was a part of three winning relay teams.

The Red Foxes won every event on Saturday. Junior Meredith Wurtz was picked as the Most Outstanding Female Swimmer. She took the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyle events. Teammate Megan Beradelli was honored as the top female diver of the competition.