GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) recently announced the 2012-13 All-Conference Swimming and Diving teams, which were awarded to any of the swimmers or divers that finished in the top three in any of the 19 total events taking place at the three day long championships, held this year on the campus of SUNY Cobleskill. First Team honors were awarded to the first place finishers for each event while the Second Team and Third Team selections consisted of the second and third place finishers, respectively.
For the first time in Wells College history, both the men's and women's swimming programs have captured the 2012-13 North Eastern Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships in the same year. With 534 total points, the women's swimming team claims their second-straight NEAC championship title while the men's swimming program secures their second overall conference championship with 477 total points. The men's team last claimed a league title in 2010.
With his performance across the three day championship, junior Matthew Sleezer (Gloversville, N.Y.) was selected as the 2012-13 NEAC Men's Swimming "Swimmer of the Year". In the Men's 50 Yard Freestyle on Friday, Sleezer posted an all-time program record time of 21.94 seconds, eclipsing his previous record of 22.48 set on Nov. 3, 2012. Sleezer also holds the program record in the Men's 1,000 Yard Freestyle with a time of 11:36.93, set on Oct. 11, 2012.
Additionally, Sleezer bested his own record of 50.17 seconds in the Men's 100 Yard Freestyle with a time of 50.02 in today's final day of competition. On Saturday, Sleezer combined with three of his teammates to set the fastest mark in program history in the Men's 800 Yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 8:02.17.
Freshman Hilary Feudale (Coal Township, Pa.) was tabbed as the conference's Women's Swimming Rookie of the Year following her strong performance at the championships. In the Women's 100 Yard Backstroke on Saturday, Feudale set the program's top mark in both the preliminary heat (1:05.37) as well as the championship heat (1:03.63). Both of those times shattered the long-time record of 1:06.42 set by Jennifer Ingold against Oneonta St. on Nov. 19, 1991.
Feudale captured first place finishes in 16 of the 24 cumulative events that she swam in during the regular season and placed second or higher in 24 of those competitions. Additionally, Feudale was a four-time winner of the NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week award as a freshman. Earlier this weekend, Feudale led off for Wells in the Women's 800 Yard Freestyle Relay as she helped set the program record with a time of 8:56.37.
Head Coach Trish George, currently the longest tenured coach at Wells, was selected as the Women's Swimming Coach of the Year following a poll of her peers. George piloted the women's team to their best overall record dating back to the 1981-82 season and earned her third and fourth NEAC titles with the Express this evening. She is now tied with long-time women's tennis coach Peter Balbert for the most conference championships as a Head Coach – Balbert secured four-straight Private College Athletic Conference championships in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
George also becomes the first women's swimming coach at Wells to earn Coach of the Year honors dating back to 2001-02 – starting in 1999-00, Head Coaches Jim Parker, Kelly Peters and Michelle Moosbrugger each earned Atlantic Women's Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year recognition in each consecutive season.
A full list of All-Conference award winners from Wells College reads as follows.
WOMEN'S ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
- Meghan Terry (Delmar, N.Y.), Nina Daniels (Pittsford, N.Y.), Olive Touron (Cato, N.Y.), Feudale – 200 Yard Freestyle Relay – 1:49.89
- Feudale, Terry, Hallie Hanson (Ashville, N.Y.), Touron – 200 Yard Medley Relay – 2:04.63
- Feudale – 100 Yard Backstroke – 1:03.63
- Feudale, Terry, Daniels, Touron – 800 Yard Freestyle Relay – 8:56.37
- Feudale – 200 Yard Backstroke – 2:21.19
- Terry, Daniels, Touron, Feudale – 400 Yard Freestyle Relay – 4:01.68
MEN'S ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM
- Sleezer – 50 Yard Freestyle – 0:21.94
- Patrick Munroe (Williamsville, N.Y.), Thomas Dougherty (Greenwich, Conn.), Sleezer, Thomas Laier (East Nassau, N.Y.) – 200 Yard Medley Relay – 1:51.50
- Munroe – 400 Yard Individual Medley – 4:46.25
- Thomas Dougherty – 200 Yard Breaststroke – 2:31.62
WOMEN'S ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
- Touron – 500 Yard Freestyle – 5:45.41
- Feudale – 50 Yard Freestyle – 0:26.71
- Daniels – 1,650 Yard Freestyle – 20:26.57
- Touron – 100 Yard Freestyle – 1:00.09
MEN'S ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM
- Laier, Dougherty, Munroe, Sleezer – 200 Yard Freestyle Relay – 1:35.25
- Munroe – 200 Yard Individual Medley – 2:17.93
- Alex Lamphear (Springfield, N.H.), Dougherty, Tyler Fischetti (Weedsport, N.Y.), Jacob Cohn (Upland, Calif.) – 400 Yard Medley Relay – 4:26.96
- Fischetti – 400 Yard Individual Medley – 5:15.15
- Laier – 200 Yard Freestyle – 2:02.23
- Dougherty – 100 Yard Breaststroke – 1:07.71
- Laier, VanArmongen, Munroe, Sleezer – 800 Yard Freestyle Relay – 8:02.17
- Sleezer – 100 Yard Freestyle – 0:50.02
- Cohn – 200 Yard Breaststroke – 2:39.28
- Fischetti – 200 Yard Butterfly – 2:29.06
- VanArmongen, Laier, Munroe, Sleezer – 400 Yard Freestyle Relay – 3:38.57
WOMEN'S ALL-CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM
- Terry – 200 Yard Individual Medley – 2:32.70
- Touron – 200 Yard Freestyle – 2:08.76
- Terry – 100 Yard Breaststroke – 1:19.86
- Stephanie Todd (Norwich, N.Y.) – 1,650 Yard Freestyle – 21:50.99
MEN'S ALL-CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM
- Laier - 500 Yard Freestyle – 5:27.59
- Fischetti – 200 Yard Individual Medley – 2:27.12
- Dougherty – 50 Yard Freestyle – 0:24.70
- VanArmongen – 200 Yard Freestyle – 2:04.27
- Cohn – 100 Yard Breaststroke – 1:13.85
- VanArmongen – 1,650 Yard Freestyle – 19:19.60
- Munroe – 200 Yard Backstroke – 2:16.70
- Laier – 100 Yard Freestyle – 0:54.26
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