Men finish second at AMCC Championships, women fifth

Melinda Mackenzie
Melinda Mackenzie won both the 200 and 500 free

Day Three - Saturday

The Pitt-Bradford men's swimming team wrapped up its third straight runner-up finish at the AMCC Championships Saturday while the women finished fifth.

Despite not winning an event this year, the men's squad finished with 155 points, relying on its depth to accrue points. Penn State Behrend captured the titles on both sides for the seventh straight year.

The Panthers' depth was never more evident than on Saturday. In three different events, the men had three swimmers earn points.

In the 200 back, Matt took third, Connor Hoeflich placed fifth and Andrew Koenig was eighth. Josh Anderson and Jeff Cattoni were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200 breast and Josh Robertson was seventh. David Taylor took third in the 200 fly, Alex Renwick placed fifth and Matt Cox was sixth.

In the only other event of the day, Matt Patterson was fifth in the 100 free.

In women's results, Melinda Mackenzie was the runner-up in the 1,650 free and finished her career with five individual AMCC titles, second-most all-time in program history. She had won the event the two previous years.

In other results, Rachel Confer was third in the 100 free, Wehonna Toth took fourth in the 200 back, and Katharine O'Neil finished sixth in the 200 breast.

The 400 free relay team of Confer, Sam Smith, Toth and Mackenzie broke the school record en route to finishing third. Their time of 4:00.11 shaved more than a second off the three-year old record.

It marked the second relay record broken this week by the women. The 200 free relay also posted a new top time on Thursday.

Day Two - Friday

Melinda Mackenzie won her second AMCC title in as many days on Friday to headline the second day of the AMCC swimming and diving championships for Pitt-Bradford.

Mackenzie captured her fifth individual AMCC title by winning the 200 free in a time of 2:06.42, more than three seconds than the runner-up. She now trails former Panther Morgan Kinville, who has eight individual championships, by three.

The 800 free relay of Wehonna Toth, Sam Smith, Rachel Confer and Mackenzie finished second to also highlight the day for the women, who are in fifth with 66 total points.

Cabrini inched past Penn State Behrend by a point to take the lead going into the final day of competition.

In other results, Confer took fourth in the 400 IM, Smith placed sixth in the 100 fly, Toth finished sixth in the 100 back and Katharine O'Neil was seventh in the 100 breast.

On the men's side, the Panthers remain in second, trailing Penn State Behrend. The top individual performance came in the 200 free where Matt Patterson finished second.

The 800 free relay of Jeff Cattoni, Alex Schrock, Matt Anderson and Patterson took second as well, and Cattoni was third in the 100 breast.

In other results, Conner Hoeflich was fourth in the 400 IM and Andrew Koenig was sixth, Matt Anderson took fifth in the 100 back, Josh Anderson placed fifth in the 100 breast, David Taylor was sixth in the 100 fly and Schrock finished eighth in the 200 free.

The 200 medley relay of Hoeflich, Josh Anderson, Alex Renwick and Troy Matthews finished fourth.

The AMCC Championships conclude Saturday.

Day One - Thursday

Melinda Mackenzie won the 500 free Thursday night to highlight the opening day of the AMCC swimming and diving championships for Pitt-Bradford. It was Mackenzie's fourth career individual title.

After day one of competition, the men are in second and the women are fifth. Penn State Behrend is leading both sides.

Mackenzie repeated in the 500 free for the second straight year, besting last years' time by more than nine seconds.

Other top performances for the women included the 200 free relay of Rachel Confer, Sam Smith, Wehonna Toth and Mackenzie finishing third in a time of 1:49.74 and Toth and Confer posting a pair of top finishes in the 50 free. Toth was third and Confer took fifth.

The men's top performances came in the 200 IM, 200 free relay and 400 medley relay.

Matt Patterson and Matt Anderson were second and third, respectively, in the 200 IM, and the 200 free relay squad of Anderson, Jeff Cattoni, Alex Schrock and Patterson took second. The 400 medley relay of Anderson, Cattoni, David Taylor and Patterson was also second.

In other results, Taylor was eighth in the 500 free and Schrock was ninth.