Men’s Swimming Edged Out by Susquehanna on Senior & Alumni Day

Patrick Blaser won the 100 breaststroke after helping the Royals set a pool record in the 200 medley relay.
Patrick Blaser won the 100 breaststroke after helping the Royals set a pool record in the 200 medley relay.




The University of Scranton's men's swimming & diving team was edged out be Susquehanna University   in the Royals' Senior & Alumni Day on Saturday afternoon in the Byron Center, 148-114.  The River Hawks improve to 4-4 on the season while Scranton, which had a four-meet winning streak snapped, ends the regular season with an 8-4 mark.

Prior to Saturday's meet, the Royals honored their six seniors: Patrick Blaser (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West), Nicholas Denniston (Lords Valley, Pa./Wallenpaupack Area), Richard Endico (Peekskill, N.Y./Walter Panas), P.J. Ganley (East Williston, N.Y./Chaminade), Michael Twardy (Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon), and Joseph Vannucci (Swarthmore, Pa./Ridley).

Blaser would go on to help the Royals post a pool record in the 200 meter relay as the senior, along with Michael Ramsthaler (Florham Park, N.J./Seton Hall Prep), Timothy Quigley (Hatboro, Pa./Archbishop Wood), and Brayan Winiarz (Long Pond, Pa./Evergreen Community) won the event by finishing in 1:37.62, the fastest mark ever in the Byron Center.

Scranton had three swimmers win individual events.  Blaser touched the wall first in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 59.84 seconds while John Fimmano (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) won the 200 butterfly with a mark of 2:01.70.  Chris Whalen (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) claimed first in the 100 butterfly with a winning pace of 53.92 seconds.

Quigley and Matthew Mills (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township) recorded a pair of second place finishes each as Quigley was the runner-up in the 100 breaststroke and in the 100 butterfly while Mills took second in the 200 backstroke and the 200 IM. 

Blaser added a second place result in the 200 breaststroke, Ramsthaler notched a runner-up result in the 100 backstroke, and Winiarz took second in the 50 freestyle.

John Cannilla (Florham Park, N.J./Oratory Prep) took second in the 1000 freestyle while Alexander Rigione (Fairfield, Conn./Saint Joseph) came in second place in the 200 freestyle.

The Royals also added a second place finish in the 400 freestyle relay as Whalen, Blaser, Mills, and Rigione teamed up for the runner-up result in the final event of the day.

Scranton will return to action at the Landmark Conference Championships which are set to be held Friday-Sunday, February 16-18, at the Germantown Swim Center in Germantown, Maryland.  The Royals are looking for their first Landmark title after finishing as the runner-up last February.