March 10, 2012
MCC women fourth, men sixth at nationals
FT. PIERCE, Fla. - The MCC women’s swimming and diving team placed fourth, and the Tribune men sixth at the 2012 NJCAA national meet.
The men’s team was declared the Al Zamsky Non-Scholarship Division Champions
while the women’s team won the Spyke Johnson Non-Scholarship Division title.
The awards are given to the highest scoring non-scholarship teams at the
national competition. It is the third consecutive year that both teams received the honor.
Host Indian River State College won both championships. It was the 38th consecutive title for the IRSC men and 30th straight for the women.
MCC’s weekend was highlighted by an individual national title in women’s one-meter diving. Freshman Alaiya Tuntemeke (South Lima, NY/Livonia) placed first to become the first Tribune diver to win a national championship since Sara Bachoffer in 1989. She also finished third in the three-meter diving event.
MCC coach Scott Josephson was named the NJCAA National Diving Coach of the Year.
Sophomore Jennifer Conklin (Pittsford, NY/Pittsford Sutherland) had another strong meet with three top-10 finishes. Conklin was third in the 1,650-yard free and sixth in the 500 free and 200 fly. For her efforts, Conklin was named the non-scholarship Swimmer of the Meet.
Other top-10 finishes on the women's side included Katie Hamilton (Rochester, NY/Eastridge), who finished ninth in the 400 IM, Ashley Wumkes (Rochester, NY/Churchville-Chili), who was 10th in the 200 back, and Marguerite Zaepfel (Gasport, NY/Barker), who was 10th in the 50 free.
On the men's side, Tore Hansen (Skoutianten, Denmark) turned in a fine performance in the 1,650 free, finishing in eighth place.
Full results and team scores may be found here.