BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Marist men’s and women’s swimming and diving team opened its 2013 campaign with a victory over Canisius College on Friday afternoon. The women’s team posted a dominating performance, winning 169.5 to 125.5. The Red Foxes’ men’s squad had an exciting finish, with the meet coming down to the last 400 yard freestyle relay. Marist headed into the relay up by five points, but needed to finish second and third in order to secure its victory. The Red Foxes placed first and third, solidifying a 156.5 to 143.5 victory over the Golden Griffins.

Junior John Spitzer (Fairport, N.Y.), junior Jason Ruddy (Lake Katrine, N.Y.), and freshman Ryan Murphy (New Fairfield, Conn.) highlighted success for the men’s team. Spitzer led off the meet-winning 400 yard freestyle relay along with two other victories in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle races. Ruddy won three events; 100 yard butterfly, 200 yard butterfly, and 200 yard individual medley. In his debut collegiate performance, Murphy earned two victories in the 1000 yard freestyle and 500 yard freestyle. Murphy recorded a personal best time of 9:43.52 in the 1000 yard freestyle.

Senior Maddie Arciello (Missoula, Mont.) led the women’s team with four victories: 50 yard freestyle, 100 yard freestyle, and 200 yard freestyle. Arciello also swam in the 200 yard medley relay in which the Red Foxes took first place with a time of 1:49.56.

Sophomore Bethany Powhida (Delmar, N.Y.), freshman Sarah Mosca (Dansville, N.Y.) and freshman Isabella Morreale (Short Hills, N.J.) won two events each for Marist. Powhida won the 100 and 200 yard backstroke events, Mosca won the 100 and 200 yard butterfly events, and Morreale won the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke events.

Three Red Fox divers qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conrerence (ECAC) Diving Championships in the first regular season meet. Sophomore Renata Diotalevi (Madison, Conn.) earned a score of 219.67 in the 1 meter diving event. Sophomore Josh Dodway (Niskayuna, N.Y.) earned a score of 287.33 in the 3 meter diving event. Junior Kimberly Tobias (San Jose, Calif.) qualified in both the 1 meter and 3 meter diving events with scores of 239.62 and 228.75, respectively.

The Marist men’s and women’s swimming and diving team hosts non-conference opponent, Fordham, on Thursday, Oct. 24. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the McCann Center Natatorium. Admission is free and open to the public.

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