Swimming falls in last meet of the season

Category:  Sports
Thursday, January 30th, 2020 at 8:00 AM
Swimming falls in last meet of the season by Steven McGarvie
Boro dropped to 1-5 in their last meet of their season. | Photo: Jamie Heinrich

In the last dual meet of the season for both the men’s and women’s swim teams, seniors Katelyn Kopacko, Yana Miletska and Nick Bradford carried their respective sides of the squad.

Individual performances were the highlight, though, as the men were defeated, 166-120, dropping to 1-5 on the season. The women were also on the losing end with a score of 188-106, sending them to a 4-2 overall record. 

It was a special day to be an Edinboro Fighting Scot senior on Friday, as it was the final dual of their careers. Kopacko made her last dual a special one, winning the 50-yard freestyle with the only time under 24 seconds at 23.95. She also took the crown in both the 100 freestyle (53.15 seconds) and was the anchor on the 200 freestyle relay team (1:38.66). 

Heading into the postseason, Kopacko is expecting these types of results to continue. “I am extremely excited to swim fast in the postseason...the NCAA Championships is the last meet I will ever swim at, so I’m ready to end my career at Edinboro at the highest level possible.” 

“It meant so much more at this meet, because in reality I can do this one more time with my team at PSACs. So I wanted to be the best I could,” she continued. 

Miletska also made it one to remember as she won three individual events, including: the 200 IM (2:14.70), 200 breaststroke (2:24.99) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.82).

Bradford was the catalyst for the men as he swept all four events that he competed in. Bradford won two individual events: the 100 backstroke (1:06.82) and 200 backstroke (1:58.70). Bradford was also a member of the winning 200 medley relay team and 200 freestyle team. 

“I loved every minute of my collegiate career and wouldn’t trade it for anything...having a good performance from all of our guys meant a lot being my last dual,” said Bradford. 

He expects both his individual and relay team results to continue during the postseason. “Heading into the postseason, we are looking to have a lot of success based off our mid-season meet and how we’ve been training lately.”

Both the men and women compete next at the PSAC Championships to be held Feb. 19-22 at the Graham Aquatic Center in York, Pennsylvania. The men’s team has 12 swimmers qualified, while the women will send six. 

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