Griffs sweep Battle of the Bridge

Men’s and women’s swim and dive teams sweep Niagara for the second time this season.

The Canisius men's and women's swim and dive teams secured their second sweep over rival Niagara last weekend. Photo by Dean Bogart.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams swept the Battle of the Bridge last weekend with the men winning 182-86 and the women taking a decisive 175-114 victory over Niagara. 

On the men’s side, senior Kyle Griffin took home two first place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (21.10) and the 100-yard freestyle (47.58). A total of eight swimmers for the men’s team took home a first place trophy, including fellow seniors Kenyon Winkky in the 100-yard backstroke, Dan Kuznetzov in the 200-yard freestyle and Alex Kunes in the 500-yard freestyle. 

In addition, the men’s 200-yard medley relay team of Winkky, junior Lucas Kennedy, sophomore Kyle Kimerer and Griffin took home first place with a time of 1:33.52, beating the second place finishers by five seconds. 

In diving, freshman Slade Merk captured second place in the 1-meter dive with a score of 122.10. 

In the women’s team victory, they bested the men’s eight total race winners with nine of their own. Senior Ashley Gilfillan and sophomore Kelsey Childress both took home two first place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard breaststroke, respectively. 

Freshman Isabel Sapio and Lilly McDonnell and juniors Sage Pollack and Morgan Farman were also top finishers on the afternoon. 

For diving, seniors Gianna Cornelia and Vinnie Costanzo had a strong showing, with Cornelia taking first place in the 3-meter dive with a score of 223.87 and Costanzo bringing home second place in the same event with a score of 222.15. 

The Griffs win marked the second time this school year that they swept the rival Purple Eagles, the first victory coming Nov. 2, with the men winning 160-72 and the women winning 152-90. 

The Griffs will race for the last time in the regular season when they travel to Erie, PA., tomorrow to face Gannon University. The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m.

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