It's been six weeks since the last time the Genesee Community College swimmers have officially competed and if there was an event that signaled that their swimming strokes had returned back to form, it was the backstroke.
Genesee captured every backstroke event in the Pioneer Invitational hosted by Alfred State College Jan. 20 on their way to a second-place finish for the men and a third-place finish for the women.
Aside from relay and diving events, the Cougars registered first-place finishes in more than half of the remaining 24 individual events. The men's team finished first 10 times, while the women's team captured a trio of firsts for 13 total.
Ferran Martinez captured the most first places with three that included: the 200-yard butterfly, the 200-yard breaststroke and the 400-yrad individual medley.
Matthew Langerman and Joan Ferrer each recorded a pair of wins with the former taking two freestyle events (500-yard and 1650-yard) and the latter taking one freestyle (50-yard) and one butterfly (100-yard).
Alfred State finished atop both the men's and women's scores with a combined 1057 points for the four-year school. The GCC men's team was 100 points behind the Pioneers with 381, but had more points than the third, fourth and fifth teams combined that included SUNY Delhi, Roberts Wesleyan College and Herkimer County Community College, respectively.
The GCC women's team finished behind ASC and Roberts Wesleyan, but ahead of Herkimer and SUNY Delhi. The Lady Cougars amassed 123 points and were 127 points behind the runner-up Redhawks.
Complete ASC Pioneer Invitational results can be found at: http://www.geneseeathletics.com/sports/swimdive/2017-18/files/Pioneer_Invitational_results.pdf