Wesleyan swim teams defeat Fairmont State and Salem to conclude the regular season

BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Wesleyan College swim teams took wins completed the regular season recently by defeating visiting Fairmont State and Salem University.

On Jan. 20 for Senior Day, the Wesleyan women’s team battled until the end with a 104-99 victory, while the men dominated to a 137-67 victory as well.

   “We have continued to train at a high level prior to this meet and our results are still extremely strong which is a positive sign,” said Wesleyan head coach April Gitzen. “With so many positive swims from top to bottom the teams are truly performing beyond what I anticipated.” 

  The women’s team were led by freshmen Samantha Segrest, who faced a tough line up, swimming the 1,000-yard freestyle (second  place), the 200-yard butterfly (first) and the 500-yard freestyle (first).  Following in her steps were many other teammates including Emily Kroll, Ashton Cole, Alyssa Serrano and Kay Lange.

Heading into the final two races of the day the Lady Bobcats only had a one-point lead.  With the 200 breaststroke and the 200 free relay left, the women pulled out strong performances to secure the win.

On the men’s side Mikel Mugarza took home victories in the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle, Dominik Schopper took first in the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard breaststroke and Julian Morassi took first in the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly.

The men did not stop there and had strong performances from Logan Knoyer, Kiernan McCarthy, Jeff McNeill and Dan Williams.

  “This meet was one for the record books, as it was one of the most exciting atmospheres to be in with the teams and fans being extremely loud,” Gitzen added.  “There was not an empty seat in the place.

“Both teams are filled with great student-athletes, which is always fun to see. Our focus now is to improve on the details and get the proper rest heading into the conference meet.”

The night before against Salem International, the Bobcat men dominated the meet with a final score of 107-67, while the women also took a commanding victory, 86-36.

The Wesleyan women touched first in every event on the evening. Multiple Lady Bobcats took victories including Serrano in the 1,000 free (11:53.56), Theresa Burgess in the 200 free (2:08.75), Kylee Savage in the 50 free (27.18), Lange in the 200 IM (2:24.18), Sarah Noll in the 100 fly (1:05.54) and the 200 medley team of Cole, Lange, Kroll and Tess Betler (2:03.86).

After dominating the first half of the meet the swimmers in the final events of the evening swam as exhibition.

The men were just as dominate, taking first in all but one event. The senior relay of Dylan Ringer, McNeill, Kiernan McCarthy and Scott Heckathorn began the night with a victory in the 200 medley relay (1:47.67).

Other winners included; Arthur Assfeld in the 1,000 free (10:45.76), Mikel Mugarza in the 200 free (1:53.72), Schopper in the 50 free (23.15), Morassi in the 200 IM (2:05.27) and 100 back (58.98), McCarthy in the 100 fly (1:00.09) and Williams in the 100 free (51.53). Just as the women, the last few events were exhibition swims by the Bobcat men.

Wesleyan, which went undefeated in regular-season dual meets, will now compete in the GMAC/MEC Conference Championship Feb. 14-17 in Canton, Ohio.

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