SPRINGVILLE—The Erie Community College men’s swimming and diving team awarded former S-GI swimmer Brad Zifra its MVP award at its annual awards evening May 10 at ECC South Campus.
“Brad broke two school records this year and came close on three others,” said ECC head swimming coach Phil Schneider.
“I anticipate those will get broken next year with him. He was always my anchor in relays hunting down competitors with his huge swims,” Schneider said. “He earned All-American honorable mention status in all four of his events at the national meet and scored the most points all year on the men's team and it showed in his stellar swims.”
The Kats brought back its swimming and diving program for 2016-17 after not having a team for several years. Not only did the Kats field competitive teams at both the men’s and women’s levels, but garnered top-10 finishes with both teams in this year’s national competition held at the Flickinger Athletic Center in Buffalo.
It was at the national championship where Zifra broke two school records. On March 3, Zifra recorded a 57.45 time in the 100-meter individual medley and on the following day set a second record in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:21.11.
Schneider has already announced several key signees for next season in the hopes of bringing a National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championship back to ECC. The current Kat men’s roster includes two former S-GI swimmers. In addition to Zifra, Greyson Louth hopes to return to top form next year after suffering a season-ending upper body injury midseason for the Kats.
Schneider is excited about both swimmers returning and the prospects of Zifra breaking additional records next season
“[Zifra returns next year and he is hungry, I can't wait to see what's in store for him.”