(ISN) – BUFFALO, N.Y.— Through day two of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving championships, the three-time defending Rider University men’s team remains in first place and the Bronc women moved into third place on Thursday evening.

“The meet started well this morning, we were competitive enough to secure spots in finals to score tonight,” said head coach Steve Fletcher. “I think our confidence is building with each session.”

For the Rider men on Thursday, freshman Zack Molloy (Toms River/Toms River HS North) won the 500 free in an NCAA ‘B’ cut and MAAC record time of 4:22.74 and sophomore Matthan-Matthew Martir (Severn, Md./Old Mill) was runner-up in the 50 free (20.70).

“Zack lit it up tonight in the 500,” Fletcher said. “A new conference record and school record as well as an NCAA provisional “B” qualifying time by over two full seconds.”

For the Rider women, sophomore Heather Lonkert (Moon Township, Pa./Moon Area) was fourth on the one-meter dive (236.50), senior Carlee Oswald (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley) was sixth in the 500 free (5:06.30), sophomore Ariana Palmer (Burlington/Burlington Township) was eighth in the 50 free (24.79) and junior Taylor Shelley (Wilmington, Del./Padua Academy) was eighth in the 200 IM (2:11.07).

Also for the Bronc men, sophomore Sam Cramer (Escondido, Calif./San Pasqual) was third in the 500 free (4:31.22), junior diver Wayco Bailey (Casper, Wyo./Natrona County HS) was third on the three-meter board (286.20), junior Jeffrey Prichard (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) tied for fourth in the 50 free (21.00), sophomore William Molloy (Toms River/Toms River HS North) was fifth in the 500 free (4:34.06) and sophomore Ian Flynn (Dresher, Pa./Upper Dublin) was eighth in the 200 IM (1:54.04).

“Wayco improved for the third year in a row on the three-meter,” said diving coach Eric Blevins. “And Heather did a nice job and held her own on the low board.”

The men’s 200 free relay of Martir, Z. Molloy, Prichard and Flynn won with a Rider and MAAC record time of 1:21.40.

“Our men are three for three in relays so far,” Fletcher said. “Our 200 free relay broke our school and conference record and that is special because the conference record was owned by four alumni previously. Also it is special because it’s a young crew (a freshman, two sophomores and a junior).”

The women’s 200 free relay of sophomore Jacquelynn Parker (Hillsborough), Palmer, sophomore Courtney Reed (Colorado Springs, Colo./Liberty) and Oswald was fifth with a time of 1:37.61.

The four-day championships continue through Saturday at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center on the campus of Erie Community College.


Men’s Scores                            Women’s Scores

1. Rider   259.50                       1.   Marist  312

2. Marist  222                           2.  Canisius 188

3. Canisius 181                         3.   Rider   159

4. Saint Peter’s 179                  4.  Saint Peter’s 154

5. Iona   111                            5.   Siena     131

6. Bryant  106.50                     6.   Fairfield    118

7.   Fairfield  106                      7.    Iona    116

8.  Niagara   105                     8.   Niagara  113

9. Manhattan  94                     9.  Manhattan  73