Swimming sweeps Allegheny

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 11:25 PM
Swimming sweeps Allegheny  by Michael McLaughlin
Edinboro swept nearby Allegheny College in a meet at McComb Fieldhouse last week. Photo: Taylor Green

Both the men and women’s swimming teams defeated Allegheny College on Friday night, with the men winning 116-88, while the women captured a win with a score of 120-82.

The men took six of 11 first place finishes in the meet. Marcus Grosso, Justin Ransel, Franics Folz, Micah Cattell and Luke Frederick each had two first place finishes during the meet.

“We had a hard two weeks, so they’re real tired, real sore, but they got up and raced very well today,” head coach Chris Rhodes said of his teams’ performances.

Cattell got a first place finish in the 200 freestyle, beating his second place teammate, Folz, by 0.67 seconds.

“I was really happy, [it was my] best time in the 200 free and I was just really happy with how everything went,” Cattell said of his performance. Cattell went on to say everyone’s minute details still need work because that’s how races are won and lost, but it is still relatively early in the season.

Grusso won the 200 butterfly by 0.71 seconds. Frederick got the win in the 200 IM and Josh Beabout won the 500 freestyle.

“It’s more important from a training standpoint,” Rhodes said about the meet Friday. “It’s our first opportunity to swim the 200 of strokes, so it’s important for us to see where we are.”

On the women’s side, the ladies claimed seven out of 11 victories. Three wins each came from Holly Stein and Breanna Purnell, while Casey Tokarski and Charlotte Drozda each earned two victories.

Stein took the 200 IM, 200 breaststroke and won the 200 medley relay with Tokarski, Purcell and Drozda.

“We are all tired and beat down, but I think we put that aside and stepped up and swam our best,” Stein said.

Stein also noted her team is tremendous with giving support during everyone’s races throughout the meet.

Purnell and Tokarski then captured a victory along with Morgan Joseph and Anastasiia Semkiv to finish first in the 200 freestyle relay.

Mary Rosati won the 1,000 freestyle and Drozda took the win in the 200 freestyle.

“We have come together a lot more,” Rhodes said of his team since their last meet. “To me, it’s always important that we have great team support and great team chemistry.”

Rhodes mentioned some swimmers went faster Friday then they did at their Westminster meet, which they were not as torn down for, so their training is going well thus far.

The Scots next meet is at Bloomsburg on Saturday at 1 p.m. 

Mike McLaughlin is a Staff Writer for The Spectator. 

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