Bryan Woodhead Repeats as Skyline Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Year

PURCHASE, NY ( – The SUNY College at Old Westbury men’s and women’s swimming teams traveled to Purchase College Thursday evening for the 2013-14 Skyline Conference Championships.  The Old Westbury men finished in fourth place with 47 points as the Panther women scored 28 points to earn sixth place.  The Maritime men captured its seventh consecutive championship while the Mount Saint Mary women earned its third straight title.

Bryan Woodhead dominated the championships and was rewarded with the 2013-14 Skyline Conference Men’s Swimmer of the Year award.  Woodhead captured his first win of the evening in record breaking fashion, finishing the 100-yard breaststroke in 59.24.  The previous 100-yard breaststroke record holder was Jay Carpenter of USMMA, who set the record in 2007 with a time of 1:00.90.    Woodhead also recorded wins in the 50-yard freestyle (21.58) and 100-yard freestyle (47.90) races.  He set season-best times in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke, earning All-Skyline Conference First-Team honors in each of those events.  Woodhead earned Co-Swimmer of the Year as a sophomore in 2012-13 after capturing Rookie of the Year honors in 2011-12.  Woodhead has won the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races at the past three championships and has 11-career All-Skyline Conference honors.

Cameron Russo added a trio of third-place finishes in the 50-yard freestyle (23.41), 100-yard freestyle (52.87) and 100-yard butterfly (1:00.05).

Old Westbury now owns the Skyline Conference Men’s Swimming Records in the 50-yard freestyle (21.28, Bryan Woodhead, 2011-12), 100-yard freestyle (47.15, Michael Gavrilchin, 2010-11), 100-yard backstroke (50.58, Michael Gavrilchin, 2010-11), 100-yard breaststroke (59.24, Bryan Woodhead, 2013-14) and 100-yard butterfly (50.12, Michael Gavrilchin, 2010-11).

On the women’s side, Sandi Woodhead capped a sensational freshman season with a trio of second-place finishes.  Woodhead earned All-Skyline Conference Second-Team honors in the 50-yard freestyle (27.18), 100-yard freestyle (58.89) and 100-yard butterfly (1:06.66) races.

Jessie O’Hagan had a strong showing in the 200-yard backstroke with a third-place finish in 2:34.80.  Woodhead and O’Hagan also teamed up with Melanie Barone and Hayley McGinn to finish the 200-yard medley relay with a season-best time of 2:13.24.  Jacquin ChiriguayoRachel Heath, McGinn and O’Hagan combined to set a season-best time of 4:50.09 in the 400-yard medley relay.  Barone set a season-best time in the 200-yard breaststroke with a fourth place finish in 3:13.11.

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January 31, 2014

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