Wolverine diver qualifies for nationals


GROVE CITY, PA, December 8, 2001--What was scheduled as a dual meet between longtime rivals Grove City and Allegheny turned into a diving clinic Saturday afternoon as two of the region's premier divers beat the NCAA's minimum qualifying standards on both the one-meter and three-meter boards.  In the end, the Gators won the meet, 172.5-79.5, to improve to 2-2, while the Wolverines fell to 2-2.

Grove City freshman Greg Sies (Bethel Park, PA/Bethel Park) qualified for the 2002 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in just his fifth college meet, setting a new 11-dive pool record on the one-meter board with a score of 448.65 and posting a 280.85 in the three-meter event.  Sies also set a new one-meter varsity record in the six-dive optional event at 270.80.  It marked the first time in the history of the program that the one-meter, six-dive optional format was used.   

Meanwhile, Allegheny junior John Hreha qualified for nationals on both boards and established a new pool record in each event with scores of 334.80 in the one-meter, six-dive optional competition and 313.65 on the three-meter board.

Wolverine junior Bob Young (Glenshaw, PA/Shaler) notched a first-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 55.43, while sophomore Drew Martin (Monroeville, PA/Gateway) won the 50 freestyle in 22.36.

In a rare tie, Grove City freshman Felix Mason (Charlotte, NC) shared first-place points in the 200 individual medley with Allegheny's Mike Burillo as both touched in 2:05.87. 

Allegheny senior Ben Whittam was a provisional qualifier in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:07.65. 

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