Local swimmers fuel Stony Brook’s success

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Jessica Salmon and Mary Kate Conway have been strong for the Stony Brook women’s swim team this season. And the duo came on strong as the Seawolves beat Rider 166-103 last Saturday in Newark, NJ

Salmon, a Rexford senior and Shenendehowa High graduate, captured the 100 breaststroke in 1 minute, 6.50 seconds and the 200 breaststroke in 2:27.71. Conway, a Schenectady sophomore and Mohonsen High graduate, finished first in the 100 freestyle in 54.18 and the 200 freestyle in 1:58.67. The pair also swam legs in the winning 200m medley relay, which hit the wall in 1:50.50.

Stony Brook came back to drop a 149-74 5-2 New Hampshire encounter last Sunday in Durham, NH The Seawolves had just two wins with Salmon finishing first in the 100m breaststroke (1:07.44 ) as one of them. Conway was third in the 50 freestyle (25.48) and 100 freestyle (59.38). They were members of the 200 medley relay that finished second (1:51.10).

The duo opened the season on October 30 with a 160-139 loss to Sacred Heart. Salmon was first in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.20) and the 200 breaststroke (2:28.29). Conway won the 100 freestyle (53.68) and was second in the 200 butterfly (2:08.52). They were both members of the 200 medley relay that finished first (1:49.97).

Kelsey Chmiel (Saratoga Springs)


The North Carolina State junior won the mile race at the Hokie Invitational last Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. His winning time of 4:36.03 is first in the Atlantic Coast Conference and fourth on the Division I performance list. The Saratoga High graduate posted a time of 15:27.36 to win the 5,000 meter race at the Colyear-Danville Invitational on December 4. It’s first in the ACC and Division I. Chmiel is a five-time All-American in cross country and indoor and outdoor track for the Wolfpack.

Faith DeMars (Ballston Spa)

The Penn State sophomore captured the 3,000 meter race at the Penn State National Open last Saturday at University Park. She covered the distance in 9:26.24. The Ballston Spa High graduate opened the second half by finishing first in the mile (4:49.45) and fifth in the 1,000 meters (2:54.80) at the Nittany Lion Challenge on January 15. His three times are personal. best.

Nick Soldevere (Albany)

Junior Iona topped a field of 38 runners to capture the 800-meter race at the Ramapo Opener last Friday at The Armory in New York. The Guilderland High graduate covered the distance in 1:55.41. Soldevere opened the indoor season finishing 10and in the 3,000 meter race with a personal best 8:09.37 at the Colyear-Danville Invitational on Dec. 4 in Boston.

Janalyse Alarcon (Troy)

The 5-foot-9 freshman forward leads the College of Staten Island women’s basketball team 3-12 in scoring (10.9) and rebounding (9.2). She also has 24 assists and 23 steals. The Troy High graduate had two big games. She had 15 points and 21 rebounds in a 72-64 overtime loss to New Haven on November 17 and 32 points and 17 rebounds in a 92-88 overtime win over Bridgeport on January 8.

Jake Restivo (Galway)

The Binghamton eldest, a Galway High graduate, finished third in the long jump at the talent-laden Penn State National Open last Saturday at University Park. He jumped 23 feet 2¾ inches. The Bearcats also got a solid effort from Niskayuna junior Marty Dolon and a Niskayuna High graduate. He finished fourth in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:43.11.

Laura Meade (Glenville)

The senior had a big meet for the Utica women’s indoor track team at the Hamilton Continental Invite last Friday in Clinton. The Scotia-Glenville High graduate finished first in the triple jump (33-4¾) and long jump (16-1) and ran one run with the winning 1600m relay (4:22.41). Rookie Mikiya Donnelly (Guilderland High) won the high jump (4-11).

Michael Ortale Jr. (Bethlehem)

The 6-4 junior is second on the Oneonta men’s basketball team with an 11-6 score (14.5) and one rebound (7.6). The Bethlehem Central graduate leads the team in assists (55) and blocked shots (12). He has six double-doubles and opened the season with 30 points in a 105-76 victory over Hartwick on November 9. Senior Sean Nolan (Voorheesville) is averaging 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

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