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MAAC Swimming: Griffs' Wright wins diving, team leads meet

Travis Wright of Canisius won the 1-meter diving Wednesday on opening night of the Metro Atlantic Athleti Conference swimming championships at Erie Community College's Burt Flickinger Athletic Center pool.

The junior from Derby (Lake Shore) broke the MAAC record with his total score of 334.45 for his six dives in the final round.  In winning the event for the second year in a row, Wright surpassed the mark of 334.35 set in 2010 by Paul Apostolakis of Rider.  Brent Carbone (Lancaster) was third with 286.85 points.  With  Wright, Carbone and seventh-place finisher Josh Larcom,  Canisius picked up 48 points in the diving to move ahead in the team scoring. JaRon Williams of Niagara was sixth in the diving while teammate Noah Barnard was eighth.

After Wednesday's three men's events Canisius led with 104 points. Rider, seeking its sixth conference men's team championship in a row, is second with 88 points.

Canisius picked up 30 points in the 200 medley relay when the quartet of Kenyon Winkky, Christian Westermeier (Canisius High), Dan Dirrigl (St. Joe's) and Cam MacDonald (Williamsville North) finished fourth in 1:31.73. Bryant finished first in 1:29.88, and Niagara was eighth.

In the final event of the night, the Griffs finished sixth (6:54.98) in the 800 freestyle relay with the team of Gustavo Dos Santos, Dirrigl, Greg Staebell (Williamsville South) and Collin Zapisek. Rider won in a MAAC record 6:31. 70. Niagara was fifth.

On the women's side Canisius took second in the 800 freestyle relay and third in the 200 medley relay. Ashlynn Gilfillan, Marissa DiRienzo (Lancaster), Hannah Graesser (Frontier) and Rebecca Anthone (Clarence) were  clocked in 7:36.40 in the freestyle relay. Marist won the event while Niagara was eight. Cassie Brousseau, Marissa Watroba (Niagara-Wheatfield), Alize Allen (City HOnors) and Graesser  finished third in 1:47.53. Rider was first and Niagara fourth.

The two finishes in the women's relays put Canisius in second place in the team scoring with 66 points, behind Marist's 70.




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