Fort Pierce, FL -- Sophomore Allíe DeBiase is quickly becoming the most decorated women’s swimmer in SUNY Erie history with her third individual top-six finish at the 2018 NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Fort Pierce, FL.
With one day remaining in the four-day event, the Erie women stand ninth overall with 182 points, which is just 13 points behind leader Fashion Institute of Technology for the top non-scholarship program. Meanwhile, the Erie men are also in ninth with 113 points. Indian River State College is the overall leader for both the men and women.
DeBiase established a new school record in the 100-Yard Breaststroke when she finished the morning preliminary in 1:09.27. She touched fifth in the event in the finals. Tabby Smith, Haley Roblee, DeBiase and Abigail Ettinger also established a new school mark in the 800-Yard Free Relay when they touched the wall in 8:41.81. That was good enough for eighth place. Smith also tied the 200-Yard Freestyle Record in the opening leg of the relay with a 2:05.60 mark.
With two events remaining for her tomorrow, DeBiase currently finds herself on top of the Erie record books in nine different events.
On the men’s side, Brad Zifra continues to have a strong meet. He finished ninth in the 100-Yard Individual Medley in a school-record time of 56.58. Jonathan Pilat established a new school record in the 100-Yard Backstroke when he touched in 56.23 seconds to earn 16th place.
Other notable finishes included Haley Roblee, who took fifth place on the 3-meter board with 304.00 points.Michael Oldman took 10th in the men’s 200-Yard Butterfly in 2:05.29.
The NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships continue on Saturday, March 10th.