After a men's regional and district title and a runner-up regional finish for the women, the Genesee Community College swimming and diving teams are headed to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championships in Buffalo. The four-day event will run from Mar. 1 – 4 at Erie CC's Burt Flickinger Center and host the top junior college swimmers and divers from across the country.
Headed to the national championships for GCC is Alex Dedoszak, Joan Ferrer, Denzel Flowers, Matthew Langerman, Kyle Podlaski, Thomas Richardson, Thomas Slenker, Trent Stack and Benjamin Vacanti, who will represent the men's team, and MiKenna Carpenter, Miranda Dunton, Shizuka Furuta, Lindsay Harloff and Angel Priest, who will represent the women's team.
Dedoszak will swim in the 1000 free, 500 free, 200 fly and the 1650 free.
Ferrer, who won the 1000 free and 100 fly regional/district titles, will compete in both events as well as the 200 free and 50 fly, and is seeded fourth in the 50 fly.
Langerman is coming off of regional/district wins in the 200 free, 500 free and 1650 free, and will race in those events and also take aim at the 1000 free as the sixth seed.
Podlaski won individual regional/district titles in the 400 IM, 100 back and 200 back and will look for national titles in each race. He will also swim in the 100 free.
Richardson will participate in four events, including the 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 IM and 200 breast. Slenker will dive in both the 1 meter and 3 meter events, Vacanti will race in the 50 breast, 100 breast, 100 free and 200 breast, Flowers will dive in the 1 meter competition and swim in the 1650 freestyle race, and Stack will swim in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 50 fly.
The men will also combine to swim in five relay events, including the 200 medley, 200 free, 400 medley, 800 free and the 400 free.
Priest won two individual regional/district titles for the women and will swim in four events at nationals. Her titles came in the 100 back and 200 back, and she will race as the eighth seed in both events this week. She will also compete in the 500 back and 100 IM.
Carpenter will take part in the 50 free, 100 IM, 1000 back and 100 free, Dunton will race in the 1000 free, 200 free, 500 free and 1650 free, Harloff will swim the 1000 free, 200 free, 500 free and 1650 free, and Furuta will race in the 200 breast.
The women will also team up in four relays, competing in the 200 medley, 200 free, 800 free and 400 free.
Events are divided up and scheduled throughout the four days of competition. Preliminaries begin each day at 9:30 a.m. and finals will run on the same day beginning at 5:30 p.m.