BUCKHANNON — Both the West Virginia Wesleyan College men and women’s swim team lapped the competition on their way to a victory over Wheeling on Saturday, January 15 at the Natatorium. The wins for both swim teams allowed the seniors to taste one last victory before graduation. The wins also hope to be a major building block for a possible run in the upcoming MEC/GMAC conference championships for both of Wesleyan’s teams.
The women started off strong with a win in the 200-yard medley relay (2:00.67) consisting of Amanda Schlor, Jennifer Williams, Alienor Dalle, and Zeinah Abdelsalam. Abdelsalam scored big for the Lady Bobcats in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 13:39.79. The women then went on to clinch the 200-yard freestyle, with Alayna Crane earning first place with a time of 2:07.10, while Lillie Archer earned second place with a time of 2:14.40.
In the women’s 100-yard backstroke a pair of Bobcats placed back-to-back with both nearly missing spots on the podium. Schlor finished second with a time of 1:04.43, while Choffin finished third with a time of 1:05.73, and Hannah Cook finished fourth with a time of 1:08.17. Williams touched the wall first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:20.41 while Ashley Downes finished with a time of 1:32.22. Morgan Bennet took second in the 200-yard fly with a time of 2:44.78, narrowly edging out teammate Gigi Fusco’s third place time of 3:03:92.
For the men, De Stefano Cavazos earned a time of 2:18.27 in the 200-yard fly. Cook was victorious in the women’s 100-yard free, recording a time of 58.84. Nick Gerosa placed second in the men’s 100-yard free with a time of 53.18. Schlor won the 200-yard backstroke with a 2:24.91 with Cook closely behind with a 2:39.92. In the women’s 200-yard breaststroke, Williams touched for a final time of 2:51.23 and Downes touched for a 3:26.32. Choffin won the 50-yard free with a time of 26.83 with Morgan Bennet touching closely behind with a time of 27.20. Archer finished in the women’s 500-yard free with a 5:47.92 with Crane just behind her with a time of 5:52.55. Dale placed second in the 100-yard fly with a time of 1:09.00 and Bennet placed third with a time of 1:12.57. Schlor secured second place in the women’s 200-yard IM with a time of 2:29.77. The Lady Bobcats women’s 200-yard free relay of Crane, Bennet, Choffin, and Cook finished with a time of 1:47.30.
Russ Sutton placed second for the men’s team with a time of 13:06.24 in the 1000-yard free. Jakob Bohland placed second with a time of 1:54.28 in the men’s 200-yard free while teammate Nicholas Gerosa didn’t finish far behind, taking third with a time of 2:00.45. In the men’s 100-yard backstroke, Santiago De Stefano Cavazos registered a time of 1:02.12 and Jackson Igo put up a time of 1:12.30 to finish in first and second place, respectively. In the men’s 100-yard breaststroke, Marc Bennet touched the wall in 1:04.93, while Stephen Groves touched with a time of 1:11.01. Gerosa ended his evening with a time of 2:27.31 in the 200-yard backstroke and a time of 53.18 in the men’s 100-yard free, Gerosa record a time of 2:27.31. In the men’s 200-yard breaststroke, Bennett earned a 2:30:61, while Jakob Bohland finished with a time of 2:47.14. The men’s team followed with a first and second place in the 50-yard free, with Bennett earning a time of 22.67 with Bohland following closely behind with 23.33. In the men’s 100-yard fly, Stephen Groves earned a 1:02.65 earned a 1:02.65. De Stefano Cavazos finished the men’s 200-yard IM with a time of 2:12.40. The Bobcats men’s 200-yard free relay team of Bennett, Bohland, Gerosa, and Groves finished with a time of 1:33.65.
Up next, the Bobcats schedule turns towards their MEC/GMAC conference championship, which is set for February 16-19 in Canton, Ohio.