ROCHESTER - The Jamestown Community College swimming and diving team competed at the NJCAA Region 3/Northeast District Regional Championships last weekend at Monroe CC and finished second behind the host Tribunes.
The 11-college championship meet is the largest National Junior College Athletic Association regional championship meet in the nation.
Individually, the women came in second with 306 points while the men were fifth with 201 points for a combined finish score of 507. The women took home plaques for both regional and district runner-up awards for the second year in a row.
Above is the Jamestown Community College swimming and diving team at the NJCAA Region 3 Northeast District Championship and below is Mike Giambruno, who was named the coach of the year.
"The team as a whole had an absolutely outstanding meet this year,'' said JCC coach Mike Giambruno. ''There were personal-best times swam at almost every finals event. These kids have worked hard all season and their efforts have paid off. I can't be any happier or prouder."
Giambruno's efforts have also paid off as he was named the Region 3 and Northeast District coach of the year. In seven seasons at JCC, the Lakewood resident has coached four regional champions and nine All-Americans.
On the men's side last weekend, Derek Hosier had probably the best meet of his career with three personal bests in the 1,650 freestyle at 19:21.62 for a fifth place, a 2:01.87 in the 200 freestyle for an eighth and a 2:18.16 in the 200 individual medley for ninth. His 1,650 time was almost a full minute better than his previous best time.
Tom Prinzi smashed several of his career-best times in the 500 freestyle at 5:21.50 for third, a 4:52.68 in the 400 IM for fourth and a 55.53 in the 100 freestyle.
Victor Hallett posted personal bests in the 200 freestyle at 1:57.51 for sixth and a 2:12.78 in the 200 back for fourth.
For the women, Victoria Matteson had three personal bests in the 200 IM, and the 100 and 200 butterfly. Her time of 2:50.14 in the 200 IM was good for sixth. Her time of 2:53.60 in the 200 butterfly was third.
Renee Massa had a fifth in the 100 backstroke in a personal-best time of 1:15.82.
Kelsey Akin took was second in the 400 M and the 200 backstroke in times of 5:16.09 and 2:26.61 respectively.
Emily Holt was fifth in the 50 freestyle in 27.50 and second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:18.50.
The women's 200 yard freestyle relay team of Emily Windoft, Holt, Sarah Madison and Akin were second with a time of 1:54.71. The men's team of Victor Hallett, Tom Prinzi, Nick Burt and John Trombetta were fourth in the same event with a time of 1:41.14.
"The performances by all the team members this year at the regional meet were an absolute joy to watch,'' Giambruno said. ''To see that many personal bests by both the men's and women's sides shows how hard these swimmers have worked for the last five months."
The Jayhawks travel to Buffalo in two weeks for the NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the Flickinger Center in Buffalo.