Swim teams defeated at Washington and Jefferson


The Pitt-Bradford swim teams suffered a road defeat to Washington and Jefferson on Saturday afternoon. The men fell 114-84, while the women were defeated 108-88. 

Despite taking the loss, the men reeled off victories in six events during the meet.

To open the scoring, Matt Patterson claimed the top spot in the 200 free. Patterson clocked in at 1:51.25, barely edging out Washington and Jefferson’s Mike Magdic, who clocked in at 1:51.27. 

Later in the meet, it was Patterson again finishing in first place, this time in the 100 free. His final time was 50.62. In second, it was Magdic again, this time clocking in at 51.11.

Alex Renwick placed first in the 100 butterfly, outpacing the competition by two seconds. He touched the wall at the 56.35 mark. Second place finisher Ben McGrath finished at 58.51. 

Zack France won the 500 free, the 20th event in the contest. France clocked in at 5:23.31, almost 50 seconds ahead of teammate Renwick, who reached the wall at the 6:02.13 mark.

Travis Bellomo claimed first in the 100 breaststroke. He outpaced the competition to finish at the 1:29.00 mark. 

To close out the scoring, the 200 free relay squad claimed first place in the 26th event. The group consisted of Patterson, Tyler Ozehowski, Eric Frank and France. The group outswam Washington and Jefferson by just five-hundredths of a second to clock in at 1:35.25, compared to the Presidents’ 1:35.27.

At the end of the day, the Panthers found a way to claim multiple first place finishes. The difference in the match came in the numbers Washington and Jefferson had on their roster and the points they were able to claim. 

The women, though being defeated, also claimed six events of their own.

Beginning with the 1650 free, Pitt-Bradford’s Elizabeth Prager clocked in at 19:05.34, almost a full minute ahead of the competition to take first. 

Next, it was Carmen Belton, taking the top spot in the 100 free. Belton touched the wall at 1:16.85. The next swimmer to finish was the Panthers’ Hannah Crone, clocking in at 1:27.07.

Just one event later, Lindsay Frauen outswam everyone in the 100 back to finish in first with a time of 1:16.91. 

The 500 free, 100 breaststroke and 200 free relay were kind to the Panthers, as they finished first in all three events, just as the men did.

In the 500 free, Sam Smith took the top spot clocking in at 6:15.83. In second was Wehonna Toth, who reached the wall at the 6:20.40 mark. 

Katharine O’neil clocked in at 1:33.41 to finish in first place in the 100 breaststroke.

The 200 free relay that took the top spot was made up of Prager, Smith, Frauen and Toth. The squad reached the wall at the 1:51.86 mark. 

The difference for the women was the same as the men. The Panthers captured enough first place finishes to keep it close, but the difference came in the numbers from the Presidents’ roster.

Next up for Pitt-Bradford is the Fredonia State Invitational. The Panthers will travel to Fredonia, N.Y. on Saturday, Dec. 6, for a meet at 1 p.m.