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Falcons Take First At FSU Invite

The Fairmont State men and women both picked up wins Saturday as they played host to Sweet Briar College (Va.), West Virginia Wesleyan and West Virginia Tech in the Fairmont State Invitational. The two session format featured all NCAA Championship events, less the 1650 freestyle and 800 freestyle relay.

The Falcon women cruised to victory over runner-up Sweet Briar by 23 points, while the men saw several lead changes throughout and came away with a twelve point margin over second place Wesleyan.

On day one, the Falcons opened the meet with wins in the 200 freestyle relay. Kathryn Saurborn, who teamed up with Sarah Schmidt, Michelle Stambaugh, and Alina Zakharava, led off the women’s relay with a pool record and NCAA B-cut of 23.88. The Falcon men’s relay of Luka Dilas, Emir Atilgan, Ryan Radcliff, and David Dent set new invitational and pool records with 1:27.02.

Saurborn and Pasko Komadina set new invitational records en route to wins in the 200 individual medley. Zakharava and Stambaugh teamed up for a 1-2 finish in the 500 freestyle, while Atilgan and Dent posted a 2-3 finish. Schmidt and Komadina each picked up wins in the 200 backstroke. Saurborn picked up invitational and pool records in the 100 freestyle with an NCAA B-cut time of 52.42.

Dilas and Dent finished 1-2 in the men’s 100 freestyle. In the 200 butterfly, Zakharava picked up the win for the Falcon women in the 200 butterfly and Atilgan and Josh Barton finished 2-3 in the men’s event. Fairmont State finished out day one with a win in the men’s 400 medley relay. Dent, Atanas Madolev, Komadina, and Dilas set an invitational record in the win.

At the end of day one, the Falcon women narrow seven point lead over Sweet Briar, 76-69. West Virginia Wesleyan followed with 59 and WVU Tech finished with 6. The Falcon men led Wesleyan 95-78, while WVU Tech had 39.

Zakharava and Stambaugh got day two started with a 1-2 finish in the women’s 1000 freestyle. Atilgan picked up the 1000 freestyle win for the Falcon men. Khrysten Stolins and Komadina picked up wins in the 400 individual medley. Komadina’s time of 4:09.28 broke pool and invitational records.

Saurborn picked up an invitational record in the 50 freestyle, but couldn’t match the pool record swim from the previous day. Radcliff and Dent teamed up for a 1-2 finish in the men’s 50. In the 100 backstroke, Stolins and Schmidt finished 1-2 for the women, while Barton and Dent finished 1-2 for the men. In the 200 freestyle, Zakharava and Stambaugh again finish 1-2, while Komadina finished first in an invitational and B-cut time of 1:42.71.

In her final individual event, Kathryn Saurborn set invitational and pool records in the 100 butterfly (59.46). Saurborn, Stolins, Stambaugh, and Zakharava picked up the win in the 400 freestyle relay. Dent, Atilgan, Dilas, and Komadina teamed up to break a thirty-three year old pool record in the 400 freestyle relay by more than four seconds. Their time of 3:10.01 currently ranks seventh nationally.

The Falcons will be back in action November 11 at 11 a.m. when they host Shippensburg.