Coaches, athletes set marks
by Charlie McGuire
April 1, 2011
Jason Adams ’14 of Kingston, Jamaica, has made an immediate impact on the swim program, breaking 10 school records in his first season with the Red Devils. Photo by James Rasp.
During the winter season, the Red Devils enjoyed much success on the court, the track and in the pool.
Paul Richards was voted the Centennial Conference (CC) men’s swimming Coach of the Year, as his team finished the regular season 9-2 overall and 5-1 in the CC. They were fourth at the CC championships, where Jason Adams ’14 was named Outstanding Male Performer, becoming the first man to earn the honor as a rookie.
Adams led a Red Devil assault on the record books, breaking 10 school records, five conference records, six championship-meet records and eight pool records in one weekend. He captured conference titles in five events, adding two second-place finishes as well. He broke the 50 freestyle record three times in 20.36—one of four NCAA automatic qualifying times he posted one weekend. The 400-yard medley relay clocked an NCAA-B qualifying time, setting a pool record and winning the CC title in 3:26.76.
Andy Wade ’11 earned five All-CC honors and joined in six school records, including an individual mark in the 100 freestyle. Brandon Gauthier ’14 broke four school records, winning the CC title in the 200 breaststroke, while Jordan Reed ’11 earned three All-CC honors, setting three school and pool records. Zach Yocum ’13 was All-CC in a pair of relays, while Tyler Derreth ’11, Kevin Chibbaro ’13 and Cris Miranda ’14 earned All-CC honors as well.
The women’s swim team posted a 7-6 overall record, finishing 2-5 in conference dual meets and fifth at the CC championships. Carson Gannon ’14 twice broke school records in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events and was part of a school and pool record in the 800 free relay. She earned All-CC honors with an NCAA-B cut in the 500 and with the relay.
In just his second season with the Red Devils, head men’s basketball coach Alan Seretti was voted the CC Coach of the Year, taking the Devils from last place at 4-14 to 12-6 and second place this winter.
The men earned a spot in the CC semifinals with a school-record 12 wins in conference play. Matt Dolan ’11 led the way, earning first-team All-CC honors. The Devils started three first years this season; point guard Adam Honig ’14 earned All-CC honors as well.
The women’s basketball team finished 10-14 overall and 8-12 in conference play. Alesha Sisco ’11 was named second-team All-CC for the second straight year. She scored her 1,000th career point, just minutes after Carole Dempsey ’11 reached the milestone, in the same game. Sisco finished her career seventh all-time in scoring with 1,274 points, while Dempsey ranks eighth with 1,178. They are two of the top free-throw shooters in program history and are top 10 for rebounding, with Sisco ranking third all-time with 723 for her career.
The men’s indoor track and field team captured team titles at both its home meets this winter. Kent Pecora ’11 broke three records early on, setting new school marks in the mile (4:17.32), 800 meters (1:56.00) and the 5,000 meters (14.31.14) in just eight days. Aaron Pannell ’14 broke the school mark in the 60-meter dash (7.15), while a pair of first-year runners helped the Devils set a Kline Center record in the 4x800 relay (8:02.96). Ryan Steinbock ’14 and Omar Hyjek ’14 ran the last two legs of the relay, joined by Dylan Straughan ’12 and Wilson Riccardo ’12. Pecora and Straughan clocked NCAA provisional qualifying times in the 5,000 meters as well.
For the women’s team, Ellie Mackintosh ’12 broke her own school record in the pole vault, clearing 10 feet, 9 inches, while Catherine Campbell ’12 clocked an NCAA provisional time in the 5,000 meters as the teams prepared for the CC championships.
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