Swim teams drop home opening meet

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 at 7:16 PM
Swim teams drop home opening meet by Shayma Musa
Photo: Kelly Staschak

The Edinboro University Fighting Scots swim teams hosted Bloomsburg in McComb Fieldhouse Friday. In their second meet of the season, the Fighting Scots gave the Huskies a lot to handle, but the men ultimately fell 126-74, while the women lost 104-97. 

“They exceeded expectations,” said Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach Chris Rhodes. “Bloomsburg is a great team and excellently coached, and what we wanted to do tonight is race with them, and that’s exactly what they did.”

Anticipation filled the air of the observation deck as the Fighting Scots entered the pool in their first few heats, and the home team didn’t let their fans down. The women started out strong, placing first in the 50-yard freestyle with Katelyn Kopacko’s 24.41-second PSAC-qualifying swim. 

On the men’s side, Marcus Grosso, Nick Bradford, Tommy Horan and Jackson Bangert kept Bloomsburg on their toes, finishing first in the 200 medley relay. Horan also added a win in the 50 freestyle, Bradford won the 200 IM and Grosso finished first in the 100 free. 

Grosso also snagged PSAC qualifying times in the 100 freestyle, which he won in 48 seconds, and in his second-place finish in the 200 freestyle, with a time of 1 minute and 46.86 seconds. In total, the Edinboro men’s team would bring in four PSAC qualifying times. 

“I think first and foremost, our biggest strength for this meet and every other meet is our support for one another,” Grosso said after. “Standing on the side of the pool cheering people on and being cheered on is a big motivator for everyone, and I know our team does an amazing job of that.” 

The women collected six PSAC qualifying times. Kopacko earned hers with the win in the 50 freestyle. Nicole Kadlecik also qualified in that event, one-tenth of a second faster than the conference threshold.

Yana Miletska won the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM, qualifying for the conference meet in both events. Gabby LaBovick and Casey Tokarski rounded out Edinboro’s qualifiers with second-place finishes in the 100 freestyle and backstroke events, respectively.

Kopacko, Tokarski, Kaitlyn Daiger and Rachel Roscoe combined for a win in the 200 free relay. Tokarski, Miletska, Daiger and Kopacko teamed up for a win in the 200 medley relay, as well.

 “As a team, we were really strong in how we competed and actually raced against Bloomsburg,” Kopacko said of the women’s performance. “We finished hard on every race, which can be the difference between first and second. This year’s team is young, but I personally see that as more of an advantage than a disadvantage.”

Tokarski is the lone senior on the women’s team this year, which has just four juniors and seven underclassmen. The men’s team is small, made up of only nine swimmers, but they were able to keep up with the Huskies.  

“I think they did really well,” Rhodes said. “At this point in the season, it’s not uncommon for swimmers to be worn down, but they pushed past that and in the last 12-and-a-half they really kept up with Bloomsburg.”

The Fighting Scots currently sit 0-2 in their season. They compete in the Gator Cup at Allegheny College against the Allegheny and Gannon University swim teams Friday and Saturday.

Shayma Musa can be reached at voices.spectator@gmail.com.

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