Swimming tops conference foe, teams end 5-year drought against IUP

Category:  Sports
Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 11:09 AM

The Edinboro University swim teams began their season at home, as they hosted and defeated Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) on Friday.

Both the men’s and women’s squads ended a five-year winless drought against the Crimson Hawks: the men won 102-91, and the women won 110-95.

The men’s team swam strong, placing first in seven events. Additionally, five men — Nick Bradford, Ted Kinney, Luke Edmonds, Michael Kocher and Jackson Bangert — hit PSAC qualifying times in the meet.

Here are the qualifying markers:

— Bradford in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:48.16, and the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:58.93.
— Kinney in the 50 freestyle at a time of 21.73.
— Edmonds in both the 50 and 100 freestyle races, clocking in with a time of 21.98 seconds in the 50, and 48.32 seconds in the 100.
— Kocher clocked 2:01.25 in the 200 backstroke.
— Bangert set his PSAC qualifying time in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:02.69.

Two of those PSAC qualifying times were met by freshmen Edmonds and Kinney, who kept up with upperclassmen in their first college meet.

Swimming Head Coach (plus director of the Edinboro esports program) Chris Rhodes talked about the win.

“The team raced very well. We had a ton of greats swims, and I am extremely pleased with how we performed this early in the season.”

The men’s team is currently made up of 12 swimmers, six of which are freshmen.

The women had a strong showing as well, finishing first in eight events, with seven swimmers registering PSAC qualifying swim times.

Senior Katleyn Kopacko kept up her impressive performance from last season, leading against the Crimson Hawks with a time of 24.01 seconds in the 50 freestyle. 

Fellow seniors Kaitlyn Daiger and Yana Miletska also hit PSAC qualifying times. Daiger clocked in at 25.56 seconds in the 50 freestyle, and Miletska came in at a time of 2:11.98 in the 200 backstroke, 2:25.60 in her 200 breaststroke, and 2:10.25 in the 200 IM.

Gabby LaBovick clocked in at 56.20 seconds for the 100 freestyle. Sophomore Rachel Roscoe and freshman Makayla Scheu joined Kopacko in the 50 freestyle by hitting PSAC qualifying times of 25.88 seconds and 25.13 seconds, respectively. Shcheu went a step further by also gaining a PSAC qualifying time in the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.96 seconds.

Freshman Paige Smith wasn’t left behind either, hitting PSAC times of 1:59.83 in the 200 freestyle and 5:22.66 in the 500 freestyle.

Kopacko talked about the performance. “We really focus on a positive mindset and a team approach to everything, because at the end of it all, your team is the one supporting you. I feel like we are one of the best groups in the PSAC for that, and I love seeing it at meets and practices. I know this mentality paid off for a lot of people at the meet, so I’m excited to see it continue for the rest of the season.”

Rhodes added: “We were able to take our races out fast and then hang on for the entire race. The training is working very well right now, and I am so excited to see how fast we can go. We need to work on the little things in our races like turns, streamlines, etc., if we want to improve. That starts with practice, so we are going to be very mindful this week about just what we are doing.”

Edinboro swimming will compete in their second meet of the season on Friday against the Dragons of Tiffin University located in Tiffin, Ohio.

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