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Swimming & Diving Finish With Winning Records

FROSTBURG, MD - The 2002-2003 Frostburg State men's and women's swimming & diving teams each finished the season with 6-4 records. The Bobcats capped their years with strong showings at the tough Grove City Invitational, with the women placing fourth and the men finishing fifth out of nine teams.

The women were paced this season by freshmen Kristin Moats (Loudoun County/Leesburg, Va.) and Heather Hamor (Lackey/Nanjemoy, Md.) as well as senior Cindy Reese (Westminster/Westminster, Md.).

Moats had 11 individual first-place finishes on the season, with five coming in the 200-individual medley. Moats, the teams only three-event finalist at championships, set her personal-best time in the 200-IM with a 2:17.41.

She also contributed to four team relay wins. Her next best performances included three first-place finishes in the 200-freestyle, where her top time was 2:04.28.

Hamor, the team's long distance swimmer, had 10 individual first-place finishes and five team relay wins, with three of her individual victories coming in the 1,000-freestyle.

In this event, she scored her best time of 11:35.68. Hamor also established herself as third all-time in the 1650 and also captured two wins in the 800-freestyle.

Reese had an amazing diving season, winning eleven competitions. Six of her victories were in the one-meter dive, while the other five came in the three-meter event.

Reese set a school record in the one-meter dive in November when she scored a 246.75 against Randolph-Macon, then broke her own record later in the season with a score of 254.9.

She surpassed the previous mark of 229.00 points set by Julie Thornton in1994. In addition, Reese set provisional qualifying standards for the NCAA Championships.

Also turning in solid performances was sophomore Melody Hanna (Beall/Frostburg, Md.). Hanna, who was voted most improved for the 02-03 season, produced five first-place finishes, including three in the 100-butterfly where her personal best on the season was 1:07.26. She also contributed to five team relay wins.

Senior Siona Walsh (Bellows Free Academy/Twin Falls, Idaho), who helped capture three team relay events, was the top performer for the Bobcats in the 50-freestyle, where she had four first place finishes and a best time of 26.57.

Walsh, a three-year captain, used her sprinting ability helped pace the Bobcats to their fastest medley relays in seven years.

The best team time in the 50-freestyle belonged to senior Lauren Crystal (Atholton/Columbia, Md.) with a time of 26.11. Crystal added her talent to help win two team relay events.

Senior Jesse Bley (Gwynne Park/Ft. Washington, Md.), a three-year captain, also made solid contributions with her three first-place finishes on the season.

Bley, who also helped win three team relays, captured the team's best time in the 100-breaststroke in 1:15.99. Her 35.30 split in the 200 medley helped lead a resurgent team to the best time in six years.

The Bobcats, who won five straight dual meets to close out their season, also faired well in relay events with four wins in the 200-freestyle relay, two in the 200-relay and one in the 400-freestyle.

The men's team, which enjoyed major contributions from several freshman, won four of its last five dual meets. Junior John Mayden (Arlington Baptist/Baltimore, Md.) and freshmen Jay Ferrari (Riverhill/Columbia, Md.), Sean Leaman (Bethesda-Chevy Chase/Bethesda, Md.), C.C. Williams (Fort Mill/Fort Mill, S.C.) and Chris Williams (Baltimore City College/Baltimore, Md.).

Mayden, who scored the most points in 02-03, posted the team's top times in the 100 breast, 200 breast and 200 IM (2:01.17). Mayden also had three wins in the 200-breaststroke, where his personal and team top time was 2:14.34, and the 100-breaststroke where his personal best was 1:01.23. Mayden swam in one of the first-place team relays.

Chris Williams was the team's second leading scorer, and was the team's top sprinter, including seven wins in the 50-freestyle where his best time was 21.78. He added six more victories in the 100-freestyle, with a top time of 48.77. Williams also helped win three team relay events.

Ferrari, who came close to capturing two NCAA standards, captured seven events on the season. He won three in the 100-butterfly, where his best time was 53.01. He also captured three wins in the 200-butterfly where his personal best on the season was 2:00.91. Ferrari helped win four of the team relay events.

Leaman, who re-invigorated the FSU distance swimming program, captured six events, including two in the 800-freestyle and two in the 1,000-freestyle. His time of 10:33.73 in the 1000-free and 17:45.55 in the mile-free rendered him one of the fastest FSU distance swimmers in recent history.

C.C. Williams added team depth to the mid-distance frees and breaststroke races. He earned five first-place performances on the season, including three in the 200-freestyle where his best time was 1:51.96. Williams also added a time of 1:06.37 in the 100-breast at championships. Williams helped win one of the team relay events.

Also adding two victories and aiding in two team relay wins were juniors Jeff Cameron (Mt. Saint Joseph's /Columbia, Md.), Ryan Kentrus (Patuxent/Lusby, Md.) and Greg Barnhart (Damascus/Damascus, Md.).

Barnhart showed the most improvement on the men's side, significantly bettering his times in the 1000 and 1650-free. He also dropped 10 seconds in the 500-free (5:27.26).

Junior Ben Marrapodi (C. Milton Wright/Bel Air, Md.) also contributed several fine performances. He led-off medley relay's as FSU's top backstroker (1:00.71) and his 100-breast, 1:04.22 was just off his personal best. He helped win one of the team relay events.

A surprising addition to the men's squad was senior George O'Brien (Linganore/Mt. Airy, Md.), who participated in both the one and three-meter diving events. O'Brien, a two-time All-American with the Bobcat football team, added top six finishes in both events.

The men won five team relay events on the season. Two in the 200-freestyle relay, two in the 200-medley relay and one in the 400-medley relay.

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