SPRINGVILLE—Brad Zifra, a 2016 S-GI grad, helped Erie Community College’s men’s swimming team to a third-place finish last weekend in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region-III/Northeast District Swimming Championships at Monroe Community College in Rochester Feb. 23-25.
Zifra finished in the top-four in three different individual events, as well as four relays to lead the Kats.
Individually, Zifra’s second-place finish in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:27.33) was the best finish of any Erie swimmer. The college sophomore also finished third in the 100 yard butterfly (56.54) and fourth in the 200 yard individual medley (2:07.50).
Zifra was also part of four different third-place relay finishes for Erie that included the 200 yard freestyle (1:33.81), the 200 yard medley (1:45.57), the 400 yard freestyle (3:30.29) and the 400 yard medley (3:52.60). In both the freestyle relays, Zifra recorded the best leg amongst his teammates with a 22.67 time in the 200 yard and a 50.54 in the 400 yard.
Another Springville grad, Greyson Louth, also took part in regional competition for ECC. Louth was a leg in three freestyle relay finishes that finished in third place at 200 yards, 400 yards and 800 yards. Louth also recorded a sixth-place individual finish in the 200 yard freestyle (2:02.36) and two seven-place finishes in the 50 yard freestyle (24.72) and 100 yard freestyle (55.18).
Host Monroe won the men’s division with 631 points and were followed by Genesee Community College with 464.5 points and then Erie with 323.5 points in a field of six teams that also included Herkimer County Community College, Queensborough Community College and Jamestown Community College.
The Kats will travel to Florida to compete in the NJCAA Nationals as a non-scholarship team at the Anne Wilder Aquatic Complex in Fort Pierce, Fla., March 7-10. The event is hosted by Indian River State College.