Swimming Teams Win Final Dual Meet

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 at 9:32 PM

Both the men and women’s swimming teams capped off their dual meet seasons with a victory over Clarion University Saturday Jan. 23.

The women won 146-139 and improved to 4-2 on the season, while the men defeated the Golden Eagles 148-143 to finish the season 3-3.

“This was an opportunity for them to race hard and finish their races, and I think we did an outstanding job of that,’ head coach Chris Rhodes said.

Juniors Holly Stein and Breanna Purnell each had four victories on Saturday and freshman Anastasiia Semkiv had three victories.

The three teamed up with sophomore Morgan Joseph on the 200-yard medley relay to open the meet with a win.

Stein won the 100-yard backstroke, the 200yard breaststroke and the 200-yard IM. Purnell was victorious in both the 100 and 200-yard butterfly, winning each by less than a second.

Semkiv won the 100-yard freestyle by .18 seconds. Mary Rosati took first in two of the distance swims, winning the 1,000 and 500-yard freestyle.

The team of Semkiv, Joseph, Purnell and Casey Tokarski won the 200-yard freestyle relay.

On the men’s side, Junior Justin Ransel captured four victories, while his teammates Micah Cattell and freshman Marcus Grosso came away with three wins on the day.

“They have that desire to win,” said Rhodes. “It gets contagious within the team. One guy wants to win, then another guy wants to win, next thing you know the whole team wants to win.”

Freshman Francis Folz had one victory and two second place finishes. In the second place runs, he was separated from first by a combined .04 seconds.

Grosso, Luke Frederick, Ransel and Cattell teamed up for a win in the 200-yard medley relay, winning by only .69 seconds.

Rhodes said the team has been working on finishes in practice amongst other little things since the bulk of their training is complete.

Ransel and Cattell were later on the 200-yard freestyle relay team with Folz and Alex Shugarts and were victorious in that as well.

Ransel was also victorious in the 100-yard freestyle and butterfly, with teammate Folz coming in .01 seconds behind him in the freestyle.

Grosso won each the 100 and 200-yard backstroke, while Cattell and Folz went 1-2 in the 50-yard freestyle. Cattell edged out Folz by .03 seconds.

Josh Beabout, Shugarts and Ryne Fromholzer went 1-2-3 in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Frederick won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 59.9 seconds.

Rhodes noted he is very excited to see what each of his teams are able to do at their conference meet, which is Feb. 18-21.

The team is going to start tapering in about a week and then they will start hyperfocusing on the little things in preparation for PSACs.

“We will start mentally preparing for the meet. When it comes to the conference meet it is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical and I definitely know we’re physically ready,” Rhodes said.

Michael McLaughlin is the Sports Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com.

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