Men Finish 5th, Women Take 7th at PSAC Swimming Championships

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Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016 at 8:30 PM
Men Finish 5th, Women Take 7th at PSAC Swimming Championships by Michael McLaughlin
The Fighting Scots had eight top five finishes on the men’s side and seven on the women’s side during the four day event.

In the PSAC swimming championships, the Edinboro men’s and women’s swim teams captured fifth and seventh place finishes, respectively.

The men were helped by Josh Beabout, as he led the way with three individual top 5 finishes throughout the four day tournament.

On the women’s side, Holly Stein also had three individual top 5 performances, earning a third place and All-PSAC honors in the 100 yard breaststroke.

Head coach Chris Rhodes said the goal for each team going into the meet was to get a top five finish. He said he was happy with the men’s finish and was proud of how the women swam.

“We raced well, [and] I think it shows how deep our conference is that we are a good team and for us to be seventh (on the women’s side) it shows we are in a good conference,” Rhodes said.

On day one of the meet, Beabout captured fourth place in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:30.27.

The 200 medley relay team of Micah Cattell, Marcus Grosso, Justin Ransel and Luke Frederick garnered a fifth place performance with a time of 1:35.47.

Other men to score that day were Ransel and Francis Folz in the 50 freestyle.

The top 16 in each event score for the team. Rhodes noted the morning swims were extremely important for the team since they were preliminary rounds and affected the seeds for the afternoon swims. The afternoon swims were the finals and that is where the points were scored.

However, seeds 1-8 swim in a heat and seeds 9-16 swim in a separate heat, so the better seed you receive the more likely you are to swim faster in the afternoon based on the competition.

For the women on day one, Stein earned a fourth place finish in the 200 IM and Breanna Purnell received 10th place.

The 200 medley relay, consisting of Stein, Purnell, Morgan Joseph and Anastasiia Semkiv, got fourth place.

Semkiv was also the final swimmer to score in the 50 freestyle, swimming 24.91 seconds for 16th place. Mari Rosati also received ninth place in the 1000 freestyle.

The men were able to stay in fifth place on day two of the meet with two fifth place finishes from their 200 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay. Each relay was made up by Ransel, Cattell, Frederick and Folz.

Folz scored in the 200 freestyle, capturing a 13th place finish with a time of 1:44.18, and Ransel scored in the 100 butterfly, getting 13th place with a time of 51.62 seconds.

The women were in seventh place after day two, with their most impressive showing of the day being a fourth place finish from the 400 medley relay team. Stein, Purnell, Rosati and Charlotte Drozda were the four members of the team.

Drozda also finished 15th in the 200 freestyle, while Purnell came in 10th in the 100 butterfly.

The third day of PSACs was filled with two more top five finishes on the men’s team.

Beabout earned a fifth place finish in the 500 freestyle, while the 800 freestyle relay team of Grosso, Cattell, Beabout and Folz got 4th place.

Frederick and Gross also scored for the team. Grosso captured an eighth place finish in the 100 backstroke, while Frederick was ninth in the 100 breaststroke.

The women also had two top five performances on the third day.

Stein got third, and All- PSAC, in the 100 breaststroke and was also on the fifth place 800 freestyle relay team who placed fifth. Purnell, Rosati and Drozda were the other three to complete the team.

Joseph scored with a 12th place finish in the 100 backstroke, while Drozda and Rosati took 15th and seventh respectively in the 500 freestyle.

Beabout finished off his Fighting Scots swimming career with two more fifth place finishes. One in the 1650 freestlye and another with his teammates, Ransel, Cattell and Grosso in the 400 freestyle relay.

Cattell and Ransel went 14th and 15th respectively in the 100 freestlye to wrap up the scoring for the Scots.

Rhodes said Cattell and Beabout will both be missed next year as Cattell is a great team leader and a top sprinter, while Beabout has the school record in the 500 and 1000 freestyle races.

Stein and Rosati captured a pair of fourth place finishes in their individual events on the final day of competition; Stein in the 200 breaststroke and Rosati in the 200 backstroke.

Casey Tokarski also scored in the breaststroke with a 16th place finish. Purnell finished ninth in the 100 freestyle, while Drozda and Rosati finished 15th and sixth respectively in the 1650 freestyle race.

Finally, the 400 freestyle relay team of Purnell, Joseph, Rosati and Drozda finished in 10th to round up the scoring for the women’s team.

Michael McLaughlin is the Sports Editor for The Spectator and he can be reached at

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