Swim teams fall to Behrend in dual meet

The Pitt-Bradford swim teams each fell to visiting Penn State Behrend on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Paul C. Duke Aquatics Center. The men’s team dropped its meet 127-74, while the women’s squad was defeated 85-76.

The men captured a total of five first-place finishes. Victories in the 1000 free, 50 free, 100 butterfly, 100 free and 100 breast kept the point total close, but it would not be enough to steal the lead.

Zack France reached the wall first in the 1000 free to grab the first victory of the afternoon for the Panthers in the fourth event. France clocked in at 11:01 to edge the competition, Behrend’s Ryan Mitcheltree, by just two seconds.

Felipe Suntaxi raced to the second top finish for the Panthers in the 50 free. Suntaxi edged his competition as well by just two seconds to finish with a time of 22.66. He again took first place, this time in the 100 free, by nipping Ty Elder of Behrend with a time of 49.36. Elder clocked in at 50.84.

Alex Renwick outswam the competition in the 100 butterfly to capture the victory with a final time of 56.03.

Jeff Cattoni gave the Panthers their final first-place finish in the 100 breast. Cattoni clocked in at 1:04.80, less than one second ahead of Behrend’s Eric Matteson.

The women’s team captured four first-place finishes during its portion of the meet. The Panthers opened the competition with its first victory in the 200 medley relay. The group consisted of Wehonna Toth, Elizabeth Prager, Sam Smith and Lindsay Frauen.

Frauen gave the Panthers their second victory as well, this time in the 50 free. Frauen clocked in at 28.71 to snag the win.

Prager grabbed her second victory, this time by way of the 100 back. Prager reached the wall at 1:03.69 to defeat teammate Toth by three seconds.

The 200 free relay group gave the Panthers their final victory of the afternoon. The squad consisted of Prager, Frauen, Toth and Smith. The group clocked in at 1:50.63, four seconds ahead of Behrend’s relay team.

The Panthers travel to South Euclid, Ohio, on Saturday, Feb. 1, for a tri-meet with Notre Dame College and Hiram. The meet begins at 1 p.m.