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Entering the winter sports homestretch Sports

As we embark on week 10 of the quarter, the winter sports season is entering the homestretch, with men’s and women’s basketball, women’s hockey, wrestling and women’s swimming and diving ending their regular seasons by Sunday evening.

The women’s swimming and diving squad heads to Nottingham High School in Syracuse on Thursday through Saturday to compete in the New York State Championships, which doubles as the Empire 8 Championship as well.

Junior swimmer Caitlyn Burr enters the championship meet having won 24 out of 26 individual events this season. She broke new school records in the 400-yard individual medley (4:38.67), 200-freestyle (1:56.42), 200-butterfly (2:09.77), 500-freestyle (5:08.52) this season. Burr has provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 500-freestyle, 100-fly, 200-fly and 400-individual medley. In addition, Burr holds school records in the 100 and 200-yard individual medley. She is also part of five school relay records. Normally, Head Coach Mike Cahill prepares his athletes to be in top shape for the state championships, so expect Burr to lower some of her marks and perhaps, automatically qualify for a few NCAA events. Burr is the top-seeded swimmer in the 100-yard butterfly, 200-fly, 200-individual medley and 500-freestyle.

Women’s hockey, now ranked third in the nation, closes out its regular season with a pair of locally televised home games against Buffalo State at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday. RIT is riding a six-game winning streak and is the top ranked team in the NCAA East Region rankings, which were announced on Tuesday. Come on out and support the Tigers this weekend in their quest to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

The men’s and women’s basketball squads close out the regular season at Ithaca on Sunday. The men still can finish first in the E8 standings, despite last night’s heartbreaking loss to Nazareth.

Wrestling competes at the Empire Championships at Oswego on Saturday. Junior Mike McInally is 29-0 this season and ranked third in DIII at 125 lbs. Senior Luke Baum is 35-7 on the season and fifth in DIII at 141 lbs. Junior Jason Wake is 28-8 this season at 165 lbs. All three will compete at the ECWC Championships on Saturday at Oswego for the right to move on to the NCAA Tournament.

Next weekend, men’s swimming and diving completes its regular season at the New York State Championships. Track and field hosts the New York State Tournament at the Gordon Field House on Feb. 27 and Feb. 28. The men are 13th in the latest USTFCCA rankings.

Men’s hockey ends their regular season with two contests against Air Force the same two nights, in what could ultimately decide the Atlantic Hockey Regular Season Championship.

Before you know it, the spring sports will be off and running as well.


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