MCC claims regional, district swim crowns

MCC Swimming and Diving

ROCHESTER - The MCC men's and women's swimming and diving teams captured the 2019 NJCAA Region III/Northeast District championship during a triumphant weekend in Monroe's home pool.

The Tribunes took the lead on both sides during Saturday's second day of competition and finished off the meet in style on Sunday. With a traditional team jump into the pool following the award ceremony, MCC took its first step toward what the team hopes is another successful postseason run.

Up next is the NJCAA championship meet in Buffalo, March 6-9.

Tyler Bischoping was named Co-Male Swimmer of the Meet after capturing three events on the weekend. The freshman took first in the 500 free, the 200 free, and the 1650 free.

Bischoping and Loren Searle (1-meter diving) picked up wins for the men on Friday night. The Tribunes also won the women's 200 free relay (Amanda Miller, Samantha Pratt, Emily DeClerck, Katarina Sherry) and the men's 400 medley relay (Cameron Wagner, Greg Sanders, Sean Mahaney, Bischoping). Both sides were in second place after Day 1.

Searle won 3-meter diving to help kick things off Saturday. Pratt followed with a win in the 400 IM, and Wagner then took first in the 100 fly. A win by Bischoping was then followed by a first-place finish from Wagner in the 100 breast. DeClerck touched first in the 100 back to close the evening, and by that time, both the Monroe men and women had taken the lead.

Bischoping and Pratt picked up the men's and women's 1650 titles, respectively, to start Sunday. Wagner then went unopposed in the 200 back to claim another first-place finish. Sanders followed by leading a 1-2-3 finish for Monroe in the men's 200 breast. The MCC women then captured the 400 free relay to cap the scoring for the weekend.

When the scores were totaled, the Tribune men were on top with 490. Genesee was next at 456, followed by Erie at 221. The Monroe women finished with 369, followed by Erie at 299 and Fashion Institute of Technology at 298.