The men’s and women’s swim teams competed in their second Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) virtual swim series Friday and Saturday, with a slew of Raiders touching the wall in impeccable time.
Some of the Day 1 top performances for the Raiders came from freshman Michael Salvatori in the 1,000 freestyle. This was Salvatori’s first time swimming in the event, finishing with a time of 10:04.27. Salvatori’s impressive effort in the event is projected to be one of the Top 10 times in the conference for the 1,000-freestyle event.
Another solid performance during the meet for the men’s team was by senior Eric Zimmerman. Zimmerman improved his time in the 1,000 freestyle event by 10 seconds, hitting the wall at 10:28.79. Sophomore Michael Hannig bested his time by more than a minute, pacing 10:35.55.
In the 200 individual medley, junior Matt Bochanski posted a time of 1:58.56, an improvement of four seconds from his seed time in the previous meet. Junior Trevor Woolwine also improved his time in the IM, with a time of 2:00.35, an improvement of eight seconds.
In the 50 freestyle, senior Hunter Keck placed with a time of 21.84 seconds. Right behind him is junior Andrew Hale with a time of 22.07 seconds. Freshman JC Greenwood, and sophomore Elijah Zinn added times of 22.33 and 22.38 in the event.
Hale also placed first in the men’s 100 butterfly with a time of 53.24.
The women’s team also had a solid performance over the two-day meet, having multiple swimmers improve their times and climb up the conference leaderboard.
In the 500 freestyle, freshman Marissa Bitner won the event with a time of 5:22.96. Right behind her was junior Tomoni Nakano, with a time of 5:28.55.
In the 100 backstroke, freshman Sammy Taylor posted a time of 59.22. Taylor would not be the only one to break the 60 second mark in the event. Senior Mari Reott also posted a time of under one minute at 59.97.
Shippensburg junior Natalie Wiley improved her standing in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.96.
Overall, both teams had very successful days. Several Raiders shaved multiple seconds off their seed times and improved the team standings in the conference. Additionally, multiple Raiders have placed within the Top 10 swimmers on the conference performance list.
This weekend’s meet served as the second of three virtual meets for the teams before the PSAC Championships. The final meet is scheduled for early April.