Spartans pull ahead versus Allegheny College

Men and women’s teams make strong showing in Pittsburgh

Skyler Phillips, Staff Reporter

The Spartans added another victory to their list after the meet with Allegheny last weekend. At the end of the day, both the men and women had the higher scores; the men won 174 to 90, and the women 153.5 to 146.5. The women are now 4-4 for the season, and the men 6-2. Both the men and women won more than a handful of events individually as well as dominating the relays against the Gators.

Concerning relays, the women won both the 200 freestyle and the 200 medley with times of 1:44.95 and 1:55.13. The free relay consisted of team members Sarah Mastrandrea, Rachael Loek, Sara Tillie and Hannah Saunders, the medley of Maggie Dillione for butterfly, Brianna Cain for breaststroke, AJ Thirion for back and Tillie for free.

Tillie and Dillione also placed first in their own individual events. Dillione in the 100 fly and 200 free (58.59 and 1:59.68), Tillie in the 50 (26.29). They weren’t the only female swimmers, though, who had a taste of glory. Hannah Saunders placed first in the 100 free with a time of 58.07, Abby Glenn in the 1000 free (11:25.94), Taylor Forsythe in the 200 back (2:37.60), Sophia Colevas in the 200 individual medley (2:20.69) and Rebecca Pakradooni in the 500 free (5:31.45).

On the men’s side, both the 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay were won again. Heath Hudgins, Andrew Bollinger, Aaron Tam and Sean Nickley swam in the medley (earning a time of 1:38.22), and Scott McHenry, Caleb Allen, Gus Bailey and Hudgins in the freestyle (earning a time of 1:29.12).

As for individual events, relay participants Tam and Bollinger both took first in their own events, Tam in the 200 fly (2:00.71) and Bollinger in the 100 back (54.42). Medley participant Nickley also took first in the 100 breast (1:00.32) and the 100 fly (54.56).

He wasn’t the only swimmer to win multiple events though; Andrew Henning won the 200 and 500 free (1:48.84 and 4:58.49), and diver Daniel Jacobson won both 1-meter and 3-meter events (284.5, 317.3).

Other male swimmers that placed first in individual races were Nick Clyde in the 200 breast (2:16.9), Drew Weibel in the 200 back (2:05.02) and Scott McHenry in the 100 free (48.43).

The swimmers will be out of town again next Saturday for the meet against Ohio Northern University, in Ada, Ohio.

Hopefully the victory this meet brought gives them a boost in morale, to help them perform even better in this upcoming one.