Swimming tests skills at DI-heavy Bucknell Invitational


The Shippensburg University swim team competed in the Bucknell Invitational on Saturday against a Division I-heavy lineup, in what will be their final tune up before the PSAC Championships later this month.

SU received contributions from both the Men and Women’s team, with junior Rikki Sargent posting the lone victory in the 200-yard breaststroke for the team. Sargent finished the race with a time of 2:27.17, beating swimmers from Division I schools such as Towson, American, Loyola, Seton Hall, and Bucknell.

Junior Carolyn Meier finished in the top 8 in the 100-yard freestyle, posting a time of 54.22 seconds in the race, continuing her streak of standout performances for the Red Raiders.

On the Men’s side, there were a number of notable performances at the meet. Senior Tyler Robertson posted a top 8 finish in the 100-yard freestyle, with a time of 49.42 seconds, while also leading the Red Raiders in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 22.50 seconds.

Freshmen Ethan Jacobsen and Nick Francis made an impact with their contributions to the team as well. It was the first time that Jacobsen had competed in several weeks but he was able to win the 1650-yard freestyle in 17:09.33.

Francis swam the Red Raider’s fastest 200-yard individual medley of the day, posting a time of 2:01.09.

SU will set their sights on their next meet, the PSAC Championships, on February 19 through February 22, where the team’s PSAC qualifiers will have a chance to compete against the best in the conference.

Photo by Cale Ahearn

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