Women take seventh at PSAC Championships

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at 6:58 PM

West Chester left nothing to chance this past weekend after their dominating performance over the rest of the PSAC, sweeping both the men’s and women’s swimming championships. This marks the 19th consecutive win for the men and 11th for the women. For Edinboro, victories came throughout the meet, although the most impressive performances came from West Chester’s own.

The “Most Outstanding Female Swimmer” went to freshman Georgia Wright, who obviously didn’t wait long to put her stamp on the conference. Her performance in the 1,650-yard swim would be a new all-time PSAC record by six seconds. She wouldn’t stop there, winning six times over the four day span. Three of those victories came in the three longest distances in the pool, the 1,650, 1,000, and 500-yard swims. Wright also made her presence felt in the 200-yard back and two relays, winning again.

On the men’s side, two-time PSAC swimmer of the year, Victor Polyakov, of Russia, won his second “Most Outstanding Male Swimmer” award. Coming out with one less victory then Wright, Polyakov’s specialty would waiver more towards shorter distances like the 100 and 200-yard freestyle.

Day one would be a good one for the Scots, taking third and fifth in two individual events and second in the 200-yard medley relay, all of which would be All-PSAC performances. Ukrainian native Yana Miletska was the first to make her mark, placing second in the 200-yard IM. The fifth place finish would come from freshman Katelyn Kopacko in the 50-yard freestyle.

Edinboro’s best finish of the championship meet would come from a relay of Morgan Joseph, Holly Stein, Breanna Purnell and Katelyn Kopacko, whose cumulative time of 1:44.75 was good enough for a NCAA B qualifying time.

On day two, Miletska would finish third in the 100-yard butterfly, a staple for her in her medley relay. Two more podium finishes for the day would come in, both from relays as Kaitlyn Daiger, Kopacko, Stein and Purnell took third for another NCAA qualifying time. The 400-yard medley team would be composed of the same Edinboro swimmers that took part in the 200 medley and they took second once again.

On day three, Stein joined Miletska among the All-PSAC team with her performance in the 100-yard breaststroke. Third overall, Stein hit a national qualifying time as well. Miletska once again found herself on the podium for the butterfly with an All-PSAC performance in the 200-yard competition.

A less competitive day four still saw two fifth place finishes from Purnell in the 100-yard freestyle and Stein in the 200- yard backstroke. The women would finish sixth place overall out of 12 competing teams.

On the opening day for the men, senior Justin Ransel would place the best as he took 12th in the ultra competitive 50-yard freestyle.

The following day, on the opposite side of the spectrum, freshman Nick Bradford would be the highest finisher with a 15th place finish in the 400-yard IM.

Days three and four would showcase Edinboro’s top individual finisher, freshman and local Pittsburgh native Gage Halle, who placed seventh in both the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard breaststroke.

Michael Lantinen can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com. 

Tags: psac, swimming

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