Griffs sweep Gannon, onto MAAC championship

With the MAAC championships around the corner, regular season competition comes to an end with a men’s and women’s sweep at Gannon last weekend for the Blue and Gold.

The Blue and Gold finished off their '19-'20 regular season campaign with a sweep of Gannon in Erie, PA. Photo courtesy of Dean Bogart.

The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams capped off their regular season with a sweep of the Gannon Knights with the men winning 153.5-120.5 and the women winning 177-97. 

For the men’s side, 12 of the 14 races saw a member of the Blue and Gold take home top honors, highlighted by junior Lucas Kennedy’s three first-place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay, 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke event. For the winning medley relay team, Kennedy was joined by seniors Kenyon Winkky and Kyle Griffin, and sophomore Kyle Kimerer. 

Sophomore Liam O’Connell, senior Dan Kuznetzov and sophomore AJ Yost, dominated the 200-yard freestyle, taking first, second and third place, respectively. O’Connell would also take home first place in the 500-yard freestyle, winning his second event of the day. 

Winkky, Griffin, and sophomore Mike Mauer also outraced the pack twice each during the meet. 

For the second straight week, the women’s team posted a convincing win over their opponent. The women placed first in 11 of 14 races on the afternoon. Junior Dana Bender paced the Griffs with wins in three of her four events, including the 200-yard medley relay team with freshmen Isabel Sapio and Grace Van Buren and junior Sage Pollack, the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke. 

Pollack also edged out the competition in the 50-yard freestyle, making it her second race win at Gannon. Van Buren also brought back two top finishes as she won the 100-yard butterfly event. 

Juniors Maddie Chapin, Kelsey Childress and sophomore Ali Testone also took top finishes. 

For diving, senior Gianna Cornelia beat out fellow senior Vinnie Costanzo in the 1-meter dive event with a score of 408.09 to 378.65. 

Outside of the pool, Canisius men’s and women’s teams were named to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America (CSCAA) teams for their efforts in the classroom during the fall semester. Programs must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of over 3.0 to be qualified, and the men’s team finished with a 3.2 while the women finished the semester with a 3.5. 

The Griffs are one of two MAAC teams to be given this honor. 

The Blue and Gold will have next weekend off as they prepare for the MAAC championships Feb. 12-15 at the Burt Flickinger Center in Buffalo, N.Y. 

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