The men’s and women’s swimming teams faced several obstacles during their dual meet at Clarion that saw some wins for the Raiders, but also some struggles when taking to the water.
The men’s team had a much more successful outing despite dropping the meet 115-84. Shippensburg secured four major wins in four events. In the 1,000-yard freestyle (40 laps) it was junior David Johnson who took first place in the event with a not too shabby time of 10:22.38. This was the Raiders’ first individual win of the night.
First-year student Robbie Ferlick secured a win in the 50-yard freestyle (22.02 seconds) and was then followed up by Mason Koeth in the 100-yard freestyle (45.57 seconds) who also took home first. Senior Michael Salvatori got the team’s only other solo victory in the 200-yard backstroke with 1:59.90.
The Women’s team had more difficulty at the dual meet, dropping to Clarion at 135-70. The team was able to clutch two individual victories. First-year student Jazz Barry posted a top time of 25.03 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle. All the while, senior Alyssa Tomb took the top spot in the 200-yard breaststroke with a posted time of 2:15.67.
The women’s team currently has a record of 3-5 this season while the men’s team sits at 1-5. The Raiders will swim again at the F&M Invitational in Lancaster on Nov. 17,18,19, which is set to be one of the team’s first big meets of the season. Each day is set to begin at 10 a.m.