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Weekly Kats Wrap: SUNY Erie bowling set to host NJCAA National Championship

Article by: Michael Farrell

BUFFALO—After snaring second and seventh place in their mid-February Region III Tournament, the SUNY Erie Community College men’s and women’s are now ready to host its NJCAA National Championships on its home AMF Airport Lanes (3754 Genesee St., Cheektowaga) on March 2 (8 a.m.) and March 3 (8:30 a.m.).

Winners of a combined 46 titles between its men’s (18) and women’s (28) squads, Kats bowling will look to capitalize on its strong team and individual performances at its recent Region III competition in Utica.

For the men, they finished behind Schenectady County CC by just over 300 pins, but claimed the tourney’s All Events winner in Joshua Large. The sophomore notched a score of 1,703, and was joined near the top by teammate Alex Leader, who finished fourth with 1,614. On the women’s side, sophomore Chelsea Simmeth rolled a final score of 1,331 to lead her Kats crew to its seventh place finish.   

Swimming and Diving

Off the lanes and into the pool, SUNY Erie and its men's and women's swimming and diving teams had their own impressive finishes in the NJCAA Region III/Northeast District Championships in mid-February, with each team finishing third.  

For the women, they won five events and received the Region III runner-up plaque, due to finisher Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)—which won the women's competition—not being a Region III member. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Tabby Smith, Haley Roblee, Allie DeBiase, and Abbie Ettinger smashed a 19-year old SUNY Erie record by almost three seconds with a first place time of 1:46.96. Roblee also set a new school mark in winning the three-meter diving competition with 359.2 points.

The College secured other event wins behind DeBiase in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.08) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:40.66); and Smith took the 200-yard freestyle in 2:06.36.

For the men, no individual wins, but the team earned four second-place event finishes. Jonathan Pilat was runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle (23.31); Brad Zifra matched that finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:27.33); and Casey Rosinski took second in both one- and three-meter diving, missing first place in the three-meter by just 0.45 points.

Next up: SUNY Erie will return to action when they travel to Fort Pierce, Florida for the NJCAA Championships, set for March 7 to 10.

Men’s and Women’s Basketball

After winning eight of its last nine games, SUNY Erie men's basketball traveled to Monroe Community College and dropped a one-point game to the Tribunes, 67-66 on February 24. Guard tandem Michael Motley (21 points) and Kyle Harris (13) starred for the Kats, who now sit in the second seed in the WNYAC at 16-8.

Next up: SUNY Erie will come home to face Niagara County Community College (NCCC) for its season finale on February 28 at 7:30 p.m., then continue to its Region III Tournament at Monroe Community College from March 9 to 11.

The women’s squad also lost at MCC over the weekend, 79-55. Shamecca Minor (23 points), Aaron Shabazz (14 points, 17 rebounds) and Shannon Stokes (10 points) led the way for the Kats, and are now set as fourth seed before its finale and tournament play.

Next up: NCCC at the Flickinger Center on February 28, starting at 5:30 p.m. After that, the team will host the Division II fifth seed (TBA) in Sub-Regional Tournament action on March 7.

Since 1946, SUNY Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state’s SUNY system, the three-campus college provides innovative, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, SUNY Erie’s faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership. For more information, visit www.ecc.edu or call (716) 851-1ECC.