University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Swim teams hit the pool for two days of competition

The Pitt-Bradford swim teams competed in meets on both Friday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 11. On Friday, the Panthers were in action at Franciscan where the women’s team swam in a tri-meet with Frostburg State University and meet-host Franciscan University. The women fell 125-61 to Frostburg State University and 111-68 to Franciscan.

The men’s team swam in a dual meet with only Frostburg State University. The Panthers were defeated 103-87.

During the meet, the men were able to capture a total of five first place finishes in the 11 events held at the pool.

The Panthers opened the competition by taking a first place finish in the 200 medley relay. The Panthers finished with a time of 1:53.18, to steal the win from Frostburg, that finished at the 2:06.83 mark.

During the 1000 free, Zack France outpaced the competition to claim the top spot with a final time of 11:12.96. His time beat the remaining competition by more than a full minute.

Matt Patterson clocked in at 2:11.20 in the 200 IM to bring home the victory in his event. Patterson also took first in the 500 free when he finished nine seconds ahead of teammate France with a time of 5:16.20.

Andrew Koenig completed the 100 backstroke in 1:07.31 to win his event.  

The women’s team finished the meet with a first place finish in the 1000 free from Elizabeth Prager. Prager swam an event-best 11:40.16. She finished more than 12 seconds ahead of Frostburg’s Kaitlin Donch.

“It was a good meet for us,” said head coach Ed Bahan. “We had numerous best times on both the men’s and women’s teams. That is rare for this time of the season.”

The Panthers were back in the pool this afternoon as they competed against Saint Vincent in Larobe, Pa. The men’s team fell 127-109, while the women were defeated 131-94.

The men’s team captured three first place finishes during the meet.

Alex Renwick finished in the top spot in the 100 butterfly, clocking in at 57.70. The win gave the Panthers a shot with several events remaining.

Matt Patterson finished the 100 IM in 59.28 to outswim the competition on his way to a first place finish.

The UPB relay squad won the 200 free relay with a best time of 1:32.13. The group consisted of Jeff Cattoni, Travis Bellomo, Matthew Cox and France.

The women’s team captured a total of five first place finishes. Of the five first place spots, Prager occupied three of them.

Prager finished first in the 50 back with a time of 30.26. She reached the wall first in the 500 free with a time of 5:32.38, and she also brought home first in the 100 IM with a time of 1:08.92.

Sam Smith finished in first place in the 50 butterfly. Smith clocked in at 33.63 for the top spot.

The women’s 200 free relay squad also finished in first place. The group consisted of Jamie Hannold, Hannah Crone, Catherine DeZort and Lindsay Frauen. The team finished with a time of 1:51.26.

The Panthers had success throughout the two-day swing of events, but the lack of finishes in the second and third place positions proved to be the difference. Without the competitors occupying those spots, there were not enough points on the board to bring home the overall victories.

“The athletes are swimming very well right now considering training,” said Bahan. “This is the most difficult time of the season. What is most important is how much they are learning about their races and themselves. This adaptation and learning is what is going to give us a run at a championship at the end of the season.”

Pitt-Bradford is back in the lanes on Saturday, Jan. 18. They host Mansfield and Wells in a tri-meet at the Paul C. Duke Aquatics Center. First event begins at 1 p.m.