Nelson Has Record-Setting Effort For Cortland

BUFFALO – Senior Justin Nelson (Jamestown/Frewsburg) was among three swimmers who broke school records as Cortland State won the men’s swimming and diving team title for the first time since 1998 in the SUNYAC on Saturday at the Burt Flickinger Center.

Nelson established a new school milestone in the 200 backstroke with his second-place and NCAA B-cut time of 1:51.75. He held the old school record of 1:53.15 set last year, and he set a new one in the preliminaries of 1:53.07 before setting a new record again in the finals.

Nelson also finished second in the 500 freestyle with a 4:46.12 in the finals after a 4:45.55 in the preliminaries. He also came in sixth in the 100 backstroke with a 52.8.

Cortland won its seventh overall title and broke the 14-year reign of Geneseo State by scoring 795 points followed by Geneseo with 726 points, Oneonta State with 585 points, Fredonia State with 380 points and Potsdam State with 295 points to round out the top five in the nine-school field.

Cortland was the last team to win the crown before Geneseo State went on its run in 1999.

Coach Brian Tobin of Cortland was chosen Coach of the Year after previously winning the award in 2010 and 2006.