The William Smith College swimming and diving team will travel to Ithaca, N.Y., to compete at the 2017 Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association Championships this week, Feb. 15-18.
The UNYSCSA Championships will be contested over a four-days starting Wednesday in the Aquatics Pavilion at the Athletics and Events Center at Ithaca College. Each day will be broken into two sessions, prelims and finals. Prelims will begin at 10 a.m. while finals will begin at 6 p.m. The Herons will look to improve on last year’s ninth place finish.
Senior Caroline Conboy enters the meet as the defending champion in the 100 and 200-yard breaststrokes. Last year, she won the 100 breaststroke by a second, stopping the clock at 1:04.55. Her 50 split time of 29.78 was a then school record. Conboy closed out her individual schedule at last year’s state championship in dramatic fashion with a first place finish in the 200 breaststroke. She out touched Stevens Institute of Technology’s Katie Presscott by 19-hundredths of a second. Rensselaer’s Siena Sara was third, just five tenths behind Prescott. Conboy also finished fourth overall in the 200 individual medley. Junior Katie Storch turned in a pair of top-10 finishes last year, placing eighth in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes.
Conboy enters this year’s meet as the No. 1 seed in both breaststroke events and the No. 2 seed in the 200 individual medley. Her 200 breaststroke time from the Liberty League Championships back in December is currently the 14th fastest in Division III. At the conference championship meet, Conboy won her third straight 200 breaststroke and second straight 200 individual medley titles and just missed out on her fourth consecutive 100 breaststroke title. First-year Anna Leffler, who is a two-time Liberty League Rookie of the Week, enters the meet as the eighth seed in the 100 backstroke and the 10th seed in the 200 individual medley.
The Herons finished the regular season with a 9-2 dual meet record. William Smith was fifth at the Liberty League Championships and added a fourth place finish at the Rensselaer Invitational. The Herons closed out their regular season with a 114.5 point victory at the Skidmore Invitational two weeks ago. In her last meet in Bristol Pool, Conboy broke two Bristol Pool Records, the 200 individual medley and the 200 breaststroke.
Fans can follow the UNYSCSA Championships online with up to date meet results and live video provided by Ithaca College. Tickets are $10 for a single-session pass, or an all-sessions pass can be purchased on Wednesday for $65.