Swimming takes on Clarion
The Shippensburg University men’s and women’s swimming teams competed well in a dual meet against Clarion University on Friday.
The men’s swimming team won convincingly, 110–83, by winning eight out of 11 events. The Raiders were led by two individual event victories by junior Jeff Beyer and freshman Matt Bochanski.
Beyer won the 500-yard freestyle with a 4:46.73 finish and the 1,000-yard freestyle with a 9:55.17 finish. Bochanski won the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:00.84 finish and the 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:08.31 finish.
Beyer and Bochanski led the way for the men’s swimming team on Friday, but the team also received good efforts in both the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard butterfly. Freshman Vin Salvatore led the Raiders in the 200-yard butterfly with a 2:02.29 finish.
In the 200-yard medley relay, the group composed of junior Nick Bloom, Bochanski, Salvatore and junior Adam Fox finished in first with a spectacular 1:39.86 finish.
For the women’s team, things did not go as well. Clarion came out on top in a close meet, beating SU 112–93.
The Raiders had not gotten off to a good start in the meet, falling behind by double digits at the midway point of the meet. Despite a valiant comeback attempt, the Raiders were not able to do enough in the second half of the meet to make up the deficit.
Shippensburg won six of 11 contests on Friday night, led by senior Claire Koons winning the gold medal in both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle.
Senior Carly Alvarado won the 200-yard freestyle with a 2:00.89 finish. Freshman Tomomi Nakano won the 200-yard backstroke with a 2:11.22 finish.
The Raiders also had some success in the long-distance swims. Freshman Olivia Guthy won the 500-yard freestyle with a 5:26.04 finish and took second place in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 11:16.58.
Up next for the Raiders is the Patriot Invitational at George Mason University, starting on Nov. 15 and running through Nov. 19.