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Men Swimmers Shatter Two School Relay Records in First Day of Regionals

Cougar men swimmers on the podium at MCC

After the first of three days of National Junior College Athletics Association Region-III and Northeast District competition complete, the Genesee Community College men's team is second with 131 points and the Cougar women's team is fourth with 76 points after 11 events.

Ten different individual swimmers qualified for final competition and both men's and women's relay teams also advanced.

The highlight of the day was two new school relay records recorded by the men in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:32.05 and the 400-yard medley with a 3:42.06 time.

Ferran Martinez, Joan Ferrer and Brandon Brown were a part of both record-setting relays. Ryan Mahaney was the fourth member of the 200-yard freestyle, while Nathan Richardson was part of the 400-yard medley.

The best finish individually came at the 200-yard individual medley where two members of the men's team took first and second. Martinez won the event handily with a 2:00.59 time, while Richardson was second at 2:05.08.

The men's team did almost as well in the 500-yard freestyle after taking first and third. Matthew Langerman posted a winning time of 5:06.58, while third-place went to Brown with a time of 5:15.08.

Also notching a third-place finish was Mahaney in the 50-yard freestyle with a 23.55 time.

The women's team had a pair of top-three finishes in individual competition with Angel Priest finishing as runner-up in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:26.02 time, and Natalie Amico finishing third in the 500-yard freestyle at 6:07.37.

Both the men's and women's relay teams finished in the top-three in the 200-yard freestyle with the men at second and women in third (1:50.78) with the latter foursome comprised of Zuwenna Alberto, Nanako Shiozawa, Priest and Amico.

Day Two begins with preliminaries at 10 a.m. Feb. 17, and finals begin again at 6 p.m. at host Monroe Community College.