Swim teams fall to Clarion in Senior Day clash

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, January 31st, 2018 at 8:20 PM
Swim teams fall to Clarion in Senior Day clash  by Chris Rosato Jr.
Photo: Christopher Rosato Jr.

Edinboro University’s men’s and women’s swim teams both suffered Senior Day losses against Clarion on Friday in their final meet before the PSAC Championships in February.

The Edinboro men recognized Eric Marks, Jacobo Morazan and Dylan Cerroni before the meet, which they lost 117-86. The loss brings their overall record to 1-5 and 1-4 in PSAC conference dual meets.

The women’s squad only has one senior swimmer, Morgan Joseph, who they recognized before going on to lose 107-98. The loss brings their conference record to 1-4 while their overall record drops to 2-4.

The meet began with a pair of close races, as the men and women tried new lineups en route to first and second place finishes, respectively, in the 4X50-yard medley relay. Marcus Grosso, Cerroni, Jackson Bangert and Nick Bradford finished first with a time of 1 minute, 38.10 seconds, while Joseph, Jessie Bliss, Kaitlyn Daiger and Katelyn Kopacko finished second with a time of 1:51.98.

Head Swimming Coach Chris Rhodes said they tried new combinations of swimmers to see if new groups could perform better than their normal groupings. 

“We kind of mixed our relays around a little bit and we still raced well,” he said. “I wanted some people to swim some events, and by doing that, I had to pull them out of some normal events for them.”

Two other new combinations found success, as Tommy Horan, Bangert, Michael Kocher and 

Nick Bradford finished first with a time of 3:15.02 in the 4X100 freestyle relay, while Kopacko, Bliss, Daiger and Sydney Dundon finished in 3:39.61 to place first in the same event. 

Kopacko also finished first in the 50 freestyle sprint in 24.07 seconds, while Dundon finished first in the 100 freestyle, a race which she has not lost in the four dual meets she has competed in this year, with a time of 54.51 seconds.

Yana Miletska also earned three wins for the women, finishing first in the 200 individual medley in 2:15.03, the 200 butterfly in 2:16.42, and the 200 breaststroke in 2:30.10. Grosso rounded out the men’s three wins with a first-place finish in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:59.96. 

Rhodes said a lack of focus and need for rest was part of the reason the teams could not find more success throughout the meet.

“We did a good job racing in some races, but in others, I don’t think we did,” he said. “I told them that what I’m taking away is that it looks like we’re ready to rest, that they’ve been doing a great job training, but they weren’t as focused or as sharp as they needed to be.”

He said that the team will train hard for another week before decreasing the intensity of their workouts leading up to the PSAC conference meet, held from Feb. 21-24. This is in order to rest and show up ready to compete in peak condition.

“[We’ll] go pretty hard, and then we’ll start tapering off, start refining some of the strokes, really start doing all the little things that are necessary that we need to do, and then pretty much get mentally prepared to do what we need to do to swim fast.”

Christopher Rosato Jr. can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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