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Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Ready to Defend AMCC Titles
02/20/2002

Daily Results

FROSTBURG, MD — The Frostburg State men's and women's swimming and diving teams will open their defense of their Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference titles as part of the Grove City College Invitational beginning Thursday at 11:00 a.m. The competition, which also includes the Presidents Athletic Conference championships, will conclude Saturday evening.

The Bobcat men enter the meet as the favorite to repeat at AMCC champions. Last season, FSU scored 337 points to easily outdistance conference foes Penn State Altoona (188) and Penn State Behrend (170).

This year, the Bobcats have defeated both opponents, posting a 119-75 win over Altoona and a 148-76 victory over Behrend.

"Our strength on the men's side is our depth," said FSU head coach Chip Villarreal, who was named the men's and women's AMCC Coach of the Year last season. "Our top guys in every event are probably stronger than the top guys from both Behrend and Altoona."

Headliners on the Bobcat men's squad include seniors Jay Garner (Darnestown, Md./Quince Orchard) and Kelly Ryan (Silver Spring, Md./Good Counsel), who are both looking to qualify for the NCAA National Championships to be held March 21-23.

Garner, the defending AMCC Swimmer of the Year, was a provisional national qualifier in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes last year, while Ryan will aim for the nationals in the backstroke.

The FSU men will also look to challenge for AMCC titles and possible varsity records in the 200- and 400-yard medley relays as well as the 800-yard freestyle relay.

The Bobcat women hope to overcome an injury-riddled season with a strong showing at the conference championships.

FSU, which defeated Penn State Altoona, 117-68, and fell to Penn State Behrend, 106-94, in dual meet competition earlier this season, will need strong individual performances to overcome a lack of depth.

"We're going to look to gain a lot of points on relays and in diving," said Villarreal. "We need to race hard if we want to hold off Behrend and Altoona."

With a tough regular-season behind them, the Bobcats know its time to put it all together for their title defense.

"Each swimmer has goals, whether it's to set a personal record or an AMCC mark," Villarreal added. "We've been gearing up for this meet all season, and we're ready to go."

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu