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Swim teams complete weekend invitational
Swimming

The Pitt-Bradford swim teams completed their three-day weekend meet at the Fredonia State Blue Devil Invitational on Sunday evening. The Panthers finished the team rankings in ninth place, of the nine teams that competed, with a total score of 288.

Tournament-host Fredonia State University led all teams in scoring with a final total of 1360.5. Oberline College cruised into second place with a meet total of 1066. SUNY Brockport claimed 834 points to round out the top three.

The Pitt-Bradford men’s team wrapped up a ninth place finish with a 149 meet total. The Pitt-Bradford women’s team overcame a slow start to finish in eighth place, of the nine teams, with a 139 meet total.

The men sent several competitors into the final rounds, but were unable to come away with any victories. The lack of top finishes made up the point differential in the final standings.

On Friday, it was Matt Patterson earning the first trip to the finals in the 200 individual medley. During the Preliminaries, Patterson finished in 14th place with a time of 2:08.39. Of the 16 players that qualified for the finals, Patterson claimed 15th place, clocking in at 2:08.18.

For the women, Elizabeth Prager continued her strong performances in the 1650 free. She turned in the Panthers’ top placing when she touched the wall with a time of 18:37.08 that landed her in fourth place.

Both the men’s and women’s teams went on to finish Friday’s portion of the meet in ninth place. The women totaled six points, while the men finished with 16 points.

There were two sessions on Saturday. The first was at 10 a.m. followed by the later session that began at 5 p.m.

Sam Smith found herself in the final round of the 200 butterfly. She clocked in at 2:44.98 to finish in 15th place.

Both Eric Frank and Alex Renwick qualified for the men’s 200 butterfly final. Frank claimed 11th place with a time of 2:06.38, nearly two seconds better than his preliminary round time. Renwick reached the wall at the 2:18.82 mark, to take 16th place.

Prager, now competing in the 200 back final, finished in fourth for the second time in as many events. She clocked in at 2:11.17, and was able to shave nearly a second off of her preliminary round time.

For the women’s 400 medley relay, the Panthers claimed the ninth place of the 18 groups competing. The group consisted of Hannah Crone, Jamie Hannold, Aisahah Smith and Carmen Belton.

The men raced two groups for its 400 medley relay, both an A and B group. The A group, made up of Frank, Renwick, Matthew Cox and Jamal Davis finished in 9th place. The B group, consisting of Andrew Koenig, Travis Bellomo, Connor Baughman and Sean DeFazio, took 15th.

Both the men’s and women’s squads entered the Sunday rounds with a little ground to make up. The women were able to put together a better showing, overtaking SUNY Potsdam for the eight place finish by just one point.

The men were not as fortunate. Even though they made a push in the later rounds, they stayed behind Baldwin-Wallace College that finished in eighth place with 196 points.

Moving forward, the Panthers will receive a nice long break due to the campus closing for the holidays. Pitt-Bradford enters finals week with the next meet on the schedule not until Jan. 10.

The Panthers will travel to Steubenville, Ohio for a tri-meet with Franciscan and Frostburg. The swimmers will hit the water at 6 p.m.