Melinda Mackenzie named AMCC co-Swimmer of the Year

Melinda Mackenzie
Melinda Mackenzie

Pitt-Bradford women’s swimmer Melinda Mackenzie was named the AMCC co-Swimmer of the Year Wednesday. A total of nine Panthers were named to the all-conference team, and head coach Ed Bahan was honored as the men’s co-Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

Mackenzie won two individual titles at the AMCC championships, giving her a total of five for her career, second-most in Pitt-Bradford women’s history. The senior from Somerset, Pa., opened the championships by winning the 200 free, and a day later won the 500 free. Mackenzie shares the honor with Penn State Altoona’s Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, who was the high point scorer at the conference meet. She joins Morgan Kinville as the only two in Panther women's history to win the conference's top award.

Mackenzie finished runner-up in the 1,650 free, an event she had won the previous two years, to earn second-team honors.

The 800 free relay of Wehonna Toth, Rachel Confer, Sam Smith and Mackenzie earned second-team recognition as well. Toth and Confer are freshman and Smith is a junior.

Junior Matt Patterson highlighted the men’s honorees. He was named second-team all-AMCC in both the 200 free and 200 IM.

A total of four men’s relay teams were honored. Jeff Cattoni, Matt Anderson, Alex Schrock and Patterson earned second-team recognition in the 200, 400 and 800 free relay swims.

Cattoni, Patterson, Anderson and David Taylor were named second-team in the 200 medley relay.

Anderson, Schrock and Taylor are all seniors while Cattoni is a freshman.

Bahan was named Coach of the Year after guiding the men’s team to its third straight runner-up finish at the conference meet. It marks the fifth time in his career he has received the award.