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Cougar Swimmers Complete First Day of NJCAA Nationals

Ferran Martinez at NJCAA Swimming Nationals

The Genesee Community College swimming teams began competition in the National Junior College Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Nationals in Fort Pierce, Fla.

The Cougars highlight was the breaking of the men's 200-meter medley relay with a new school record time of 1:40.10. The record-breaking group included Nathan Richardson, Ferran Martinez, Joan Ferrer and Ryan Mahaney. The seventh-place finish was the best on the day for GCC.

Host Indian River State College leads both the men's and women's scores after the first day with 290 and 326 points, respectively. The Cougar men's team sits in eighth with 47 points after the first day, while the women's are tied-12th with 11.

The best event for the Cougars turned out to be the 200-meter individual medley. In the women's race, Nanako Shiozawa finished eighth with a 2:19.04 time, while Martinez and Richardson finished in 10th and 15th respectively in the men's race. Martinez clocked in at 1:56.90 and Richardson at 2:03.95.

In individual competition, while Shiozawa's eighth-place finish was the best for the women's team, Matthew Langerman's eighth-place finish in the 1000-meter freestyle was the best for the men's team with a 10:22.18 time.

The Cougars had three top-20 finishers in the 1000-meter freestyle. In addition to Langerman, Brandon Brown and Alex Bookmiller finished 16th and 18th respectively. Brown finished with a 10:47.50 time and Bookmiller with a 11:09.02 time.

Rounding out Cougar top-20 finishes was Benjamin Vacanti in the 50-meter breaststroke with a time of 29.65.

Day Two preliminaries begin at 9:30 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m. March 8.