MORGANTOWN -- Coach April Gitzen's West Virginia Wesleyan swim teams got their 2018 season off to a solid start this weekend, posting some solid race efforts at the West Virginia State Games.
The two-day event was hosted by West Virginia University at the WVU Natatorium.
Several scoring performances were posted on both sides. This is particularly impressive since this meet included teams from across the state and from various divisions.
Relay wise, Gitzen employed a variety of combinations to rake home points in each relay contested.
The men were led by a pair of third place finishes; the 400-free relay unit of Logan Knoyer, Michael McAlpine, Julian Morassi, and Arthur Assfeld (3:17.21), and the 200-medley relay unit of Knoyer, McAlpine, Assfeld and Dominik Schopper (1:39.37). The 800-meter free relay squad of Morassi, Knoyer, Assfeld, and Schopper placed fourth in 7:23.23.
Wesleyan's women also placed in each relay. The 400-free relay unit of Camilla Brizzi, Alyssa Serrano, Anna Puigvert-Juan, and Kay Lange placed sixth (3:47.77). The 200-medley relay squad of Lange, Serrano, Brizzi, and Kylee Savage placed seventh (2:00.23), while the 800-free relay of Lange, Puigvert, Ashton Cole, and Samantha Segrest placed eighth (8:36.93).
Individually, a handful of Bobcats found their way into the top ten of the large and talented fields. Assfeld was again lethal, swimming to a third place in the 100-free (47.69) and also a third in the 100-fly (50.95). Complementing Assfeld, several other Bobcats found the top ten; Mikel Pascual-Mugarza swam to a fifth place in the grueling 1650 free in 18:01.75, and was followed by teammate Dan Williams in sixth in 8:38.98. Morassi placed sixth in the 200-fly in 2:06.31.
A pair of eighth place finishes were turned in by Dominik Schopper (100-breast, 61.76), and Michael McAlpine (100-back, 57.31). Schopper added a ninth in the 400-IM (4:28.71), and McAlpine a tenth in the 200-back (2:04.96). Brennan Nettleton contributed a tenth place in the 200-fly (2:30.27).
Coach Gitzen's squad will return to action Saturday, Oct. 14, hosting local rival Alderson Broaddus at 11 a.m.