Swim team’s fall to Buffalo State


The Pitt-Bradford men’s and women’s swim teams fell to visiting Buffalo State on Saturday at the Paul C. Duke Aquatics Center. The men were edged 120-81, and the women fell 115-69.

The men placed first in five of the events that took place at the pool including the 400 medley relay, 200 free, 200 IM, 200 butterfly and the 500 free.

The first place 400 medley relay squad was made up of Tyler Ozehowski, Matt Patterson, Eric Frank and Zack France. France, who swam the last leg, touched the wall at the 3:53.78 mark, almost 16 seconds ahead of Buffalo State.

In the 200 free, it was France finishing first with a time of 1:56.38. The second place finisher, Buffalo State’s Adam Asbach, touched nearly eight seconds later.

The 200 individual medley saw Patterson run away with the lead and finish with a time of 2:09.76. Patterson also claimed a victory in the 500 free with a closing time of 5:15.11. He had to touch-and-go on the last lap in order to maintain the lead over Buffalo State’s Sam Miner.

Frank took home first place in the 200 butterfly when he outpaced the competition to touch the wall at the 2:10.24 mark.

The men finished with a significant number of victories but failed to gain points in the second and third place finishes. The result was the point differential in the defeat.

For the women, the 400 medley drew a large victory in the opening event. The group made up of Wehonna Toth, Lindsay Frauen, Elizabeth Prager and Jamie Hannold finished with a time of 5:06.23. The mark was good enough to crush the second place team that finished with a time of 6:15.57.

After several finishes just out of reach of first place, the women found a way to earn a victory in the 500 free. Prager sped her way to the wall to finish with a time of 5:32.38. The closest swimmer behind her was Buffalo State’s Alison Kolczynski who touch at the 6:05.21 mark.

The women took the top spot in the final event, the 400 freestyle relay. This group consisted of Sam Smith, Frauen, Toth and Prager. The squad outswam the competition to finish with a time of 4:09.98.

Buffalo State’s Charlotte Archdeacon set a new pool record in the 200 IM with a time of 2:18.62.

The Panthers look to put this one behind them as they gear up for their first road trip of the season. Pitt-Bradford travels to Alfred University next Saturday, Nov. 16, for a 1 p.m. meet.