Swimming: ‘Boro fares well at Gator Invitational

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Friday, November 15th, 2019 at 11:28 AM
Swimming: ‘Boro fares well at Gator Invitational by Shayma Musa
Photo: Ben McCullough

Edinboro University swimming was at Allegheny College this weekend, competing against the home team and the Gannon Knights.

The Allegheny Gators placed first in the invitational with 1,583.5 points, the Golden Knights came in second with 1,026.5, and Edinboro finished last with 1,107 points. Over the two-day weekend, the men nabbed three first-place finishes, with Nick Bradford claiming two and Gerardo Ruiz with one.

The women clinched seven first place finishes with the help of Katelyn Kopacko, Yana Miletska, Paige Smith, Makayla Scheu, Kaitlyn Daiger and Nicole Kadlecik.

Highlights of the invite include the following: Kopacko brought the women in for a win in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24:09 seconds; Miletska played to her strengths, pulling a win for the team with a 2:10.84 in the 200 IM, along with a 2:26.74 in the 200 breaststroke; Scheu swam four relays, while one with Kopacko, Daiger and Kadlecik was a winner.

On the men’s side, Bradford’s first place finishes were inthe 200 IM with a time of 2:02.04 and the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:58.05. Ruiz’s first place finish came in the a 100 backstroke, clocking in with a time of 54.76 seconds.

“With the way our training is going right now, we’re tired, we’re torn down, our focus is in three weeks [on] Wooster, but they have been doing a great job in the weight room. They’ve been doing a great job in the pool. A meet like this is a great indicator for how we are racing, and I think we’re doing a great job racing,” said Head Swimming Coach Chris Rhodes.

The team didn’t nab any PSAC qualifying times.

“It was good to have a (individual) win for the team,” Kopacko said. “It wasn’t so much a win as much as it was getting the team ahead, trying to get the finishes that we can and making sure that the team is all set.”

She added, “We’re really focused on getting PSAC and possibly NCAA cuts; those are our biggest goals right now.”

Swimming will be back at it at the Wooster Invitational from Dec. 5-7.

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