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Cougar Swimmers Set Six More School Records on Final Day of NJCAA Championships

GCC Swim Team

For the second-consecutive day Genesee Community College swimmers set new school records in the morning only to surpass them in the afternoon on the fourth and final day of the National Junior College Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championships in Fort Pierce, Fla.

The Cougars set six more school records on March 10 beginning with three in the preliminaries.

Nanako Shiozawa set a school record in the 200 backstroke preliminaries with a 2:39.44 time only to break her own record in the evening finals with a 10th-place finish and a new record 2:38.71 time.

Ferran Martinez accomplished the same feat with a school record time of 2:12.23 in the preliminaries before breaking his own record with a 2:10.92 time and a sixth-place finish during the finals of the 200 breaststroke.

Joan Ferrer finished eighth in the 200 backstroke with a 2:00.11 time, but earlier set the school record in the same event with a 1:59.03 time. In the finals, teammate Nathan Richardson finished one place behind Ferrer with a 2:00.62 time.

The men's 400 freestyle relay team also set a school record with a 3:16.88 time and seventh-place finish to round out the school records for the Cougars on Saturday. The Cougar foursome was the same that finished third in a school-record 800 freestyle relay the day before and included Brandon Brown, Richardson, Martinez and Ferrer.

The women's team had an additional two top-10 finishes with the 400 freestyle relay team finishing 10th with a 4:02.39 time and Angel Priest also finishing 10th in the 200 backstroke with a 2:18.52 time. The Cougar relay team consisted of Priest, Shiozawa, Natalie Amico and Mady Roth.

Other finals competitors finished 13th and 14th in the 50 butterfly with Ryan Mahaney for the men's team (24.82) and Amico for the women's team (29.39), respectively.

The Cougars set nearly 20 new school records over the four-day NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships with the men's team finishing in eighth place overall and the women's team 10th. The Cougar swim teams collectively finished ahead of six other teams at Nationals. Host Indian River State College took first place in both men's and women's scores as scholarship schools that recruit swimmers both nationally and internationally.