Wesleyan men capture MEC swim title, Lady ’Cats place second


CANTON, Ohio – The West Virginia Wesleyan College men’s swim team won the first-ever Mountain East Conference swimming championship on Saturday, while the Lady Bobcats were runner-up in the MEC by only a half point to Fairmont State.

The Bobcat men finished third overall behind the University of Findlay and Malone University with 1,165.5 points which secured them the MEC title ahead of Fairmont State University with 862 points.

The Wesleyan women finished fifth overall with 820 points, just behind Fairmont State University with 820.5 points.  The University of Findlay was first overall, while Hillsdale College and Malone University followed for second and third, respectively.

“This meet was a fantastic meet to be a part of,” said Wesleyan coach April Gitzen. “The GMAC and MEC did a magnificent job at making this a first class experience for the student-athletes.

“I look forward to the two conferences continuing this event and growing even more in the future.”

Kay Lange was one of the many standout student-athletes for the Lady Bobcats. Lange was a member of the 200 freestyle relay that finished fourth, placed eighth in the 200 yard freestyle, was a member of the 400 medley relay team that finished fifth, placed seventh in the 500 freestyle, was a member of the 800 freestyle relay that was sixth, placed fifth in the 200 breaststroke and was a member of the fifth-place 400 freestyle relay team.

Samantha Segrest was another standout as she placed 14th in the 1,000-yard freestyle, ninth in the 400 yard individual medley, ninth in the 200 yard butterfly, ninth in the 1,650 yard freestyle and was a member on the sixth-place 800 freestyle relay.

Other key members of the women’s team were Theresa Burgess, Kylee Savage, Camilla Brizzi and Emily Kroll.

On the men’s side, Dominik Schopper was one of the many standout student-athletes.  Schopper placed fifth in the 200 individual medley, was a member of the 200 freestyle relay that finished third, a member of the 400 medley relay that finished second, placed second in the 100 yard breaststroke, was a member of the 800 freestyle relay that finished second, won the 200 breaststroke (just off of the school record) and a member of the 400 freestyle relay that finished fourth.

Julian Morassi had a large schedule like Schopper.  Morassi was a member of the 200 freestyle relay that finished third, placed third in the 200 yard freestyle (just missing the school record), was a member of the 400 medley relay that finished second, placed third in the 500 freestyle (just off the school record again), placed fourth in the 200 butterfly, a member of the 800 freestyle relay that finished second and a member of the 400 freestyle relay that was fourth.

Arthur Assfeld also was a large point scorer for the men’s team.  Assfeld was a member of the 200 freestyle relay that finished third, placed sixth in the 100 butterfly, placed second in the 100 backstroke, a member of the 800 freestyle relay that finished second, placed second in the 100 freestyle and a member of the 400 freestyle relay that finished fourth.

Other key members of the men’s team were Kiernan McCarthy, Jeffrey McNeill, Dan Williams, Mikel Murgarza and Logan Knoyer.

“The team that we have here is an extraordinary group of young individuals who are beyond determined to reach their goals,” Gitzen said. “Each day at practice they worked to become better student-athletes while having fun. As we prepared for the meet everyone became exceedingly focused on the little details that are vital in swimming. The expectations going into this meet were to have every student-athlete achieve a best time and we did that. To come out with the men winning the MEC and the women runner-up was simply spectacular.”


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