The Erie Community College swimming and diving teams did extremely well against four other colleges they hosted Jan. 15 at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center.
With limited rosters mainly due to injuries, the Kats' participated in only 15 of the 25 events. And although the points lost from the 10 events the Kats didn't have a competitor in had an effect on the final team scores, it didn't faze the Kats in the events they did compete in.
Indeed, Erie finished in the top-four in all but one event it participated in.
Overall, of the 14 events the Kats competed in and had at least one athlete finish in the top-four, there were a total of 111 swimmers who competed in those same events collectively. The Kats even had one event where they had two top-four finishers in the same event that brought their total to 15 top-four finishers in 15 events.
Garnering first place finishes were Allie DeBiase in the Girls 1650-yard Freestyle with a time of 20:34.47. DeBiase's time was more than two minutes faster than her closest competition. Jessica Raymond also took first in the Girls 1-meter Diving with a 171 score.
The Kats finished in second place in six different events. Leading the way was again DeBiase, who took second in the Girls 200-yard Backstroke and the Girls 400-yard IM. Also registering a pair of second-place finishes on the women's team was Tabby Smith, who just missed a first-place finish in the Girls 50-yard Freestyle with a 26.57 time that was short of the top time by 00.07. She also finished second in the Girls 100-yard Freestyle.
The men's team also captured a pair of second-place finishes. Charlie May was second in the Boys 200-yard Backstroke and was also a part of the four-man team to take second in the Boys 200-yard Medley Relay.
The Kat teams also combined for six third-place finishes led by Brad Zifra, who finished third twice. Zifra was third in the Boys 200-yard Freestyle and the Boys 400-yard IM. Mike Oldman was third in the Boys 200-yard Backstroke and both Zifra and Oldman were part of the four-man team to finish third in the Boys 800-yard Freestyle Relay.
For the women's team it was again Smith, this time with a third-place finish in the Girls 200-yard Freestyle. Kristin Klein also finished third in the Girls 1-meter Diving.
Andrew Achenbach had the lone fourth-place finish in the Boys 50-yard Freestyle, but was also a part of the four-man team that took second in the Boys 200-yard Medley Relay and the third-place team in the Boys 800-yard Freestyle Relay, as was May.
The only event the Kats competed in where they didn't score a top-four finisher was in the Boys 100-yard Freestyle that had a field of 15.
Overall, the women's team had to settle for fourth place with 123 points, just a single point from a tie for third with Herkimer County Community College. The men's team finished in fifth place with 132 points.
Monroe Community College took first in both the men's and women's team scores, while the other participants included Jamestown Community College, Genesee Community College and Herkimer.