Shippensburg University’s men’s swimming team took home sixth place at the 2022 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships on Saturday after a four-day event.
Seniors Matt Bochanski and Andrew Hale delivered SU’s highest scoring performance in the 200-yard breaststroke. Bochanski finished third place in 2:05.36 and Hale finished right behind him in fourth place at 2:05.96.
Senior Vin Salvatore also scored in the 200-yard breaststroke, placing 14th with a time of 2:10.47 which is just a tenth of a second off his lifetime best. Salvatore also placed 14th in the mile with a time of 17:03.46.
Graduate Eric Zimmerman became the first Raider to finish as a five-time conference place-winner in the same event. Zimmerman exercised his option to come back after the pandemic affected the 2021 season, and placed 13th in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a 16:59.45 time.
Senior Trevor Woolwine finished his individual career with a new lifetime best of 46.96 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle. It is the first sub-47 seconds time of his career.
The five competeting seniors: Bochanski, Hale, Salvatore, Zimmerman and Woolwine were all recognized before the finals session for their decorated careers.
Bochanski is set to graduate as one of three seniors to score in all 16 of their individual conference swims. He also takes home five all-PSAC classifications and two conference titles. Bochanski will graduate among the top five swimmers in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard IM and 400-yard IM.
Hale has also completed his Raider career scoring in all 16 individual conference swims. He will graduate with six All-PSAC classifications and the school record in the 200-yard IM. Hale will leave among the top 10 swimmers all-time at SU in eight different events.
Salvatore is the final graduating senior to leave after having scored in all 16 of his individual conference swims. He earned his only All-PSAC classification last season in the mile and will finish among SU’s top 10 swimmers all-time in the 400-yard IM.
Zimmerman is set to graduate as a 14-time conference place winner, including the five career scoring efforts in the 1,650-yard freestyle. He is also a four-time place winner in the 1,00-yard freestyle, three-time place winner in the 500-yard freestyle and a scorer in the 200-yard butterfly.
Woolwine, the final competing senior, will graduate as a nine-time place winner including three times in the 200-yard freestyle. He also placed three times in the 100-yard backstroke, twice in the 100-yard freestyle and once in the 200-yard IM.
The men’s swimming season comes to a close and the SU team will look to the future for the next group of highly decorated swimmers.