BUCKHANNON -- West Virginia Wesleyan's swim teams closed the fall segment of their season Sunday, posting strong team finishes in the seven-team Corbiere-Merion Invitational. The men earned a hard-fought victory over runner-up Ohio Wesleyan 904-897, while the women finished runner-up, also a tight battle with OWU 889-866.
Wesleyan Swim Teams Finish Fall Season Strong
Nov 19, 2017
Coach April Gitzen's swimmers won four races, and also posted some big points with 11 runner-up finishes. Wesleyan also posted several other top five finishes to gain some valuable points.
Arthur Assfeld led the men's performance, snaring victories in both the 50-free (21.22) and 100-free (45.99). Teammate Julian Morassi also delivered a big win, taking the 200-fly in 1:57.95. Nathan Swalley finished second in the same race, giving the Bobcats a 1-2 finish with a time of 2:04.25.
Runner-up finishes were provided for the men by Dominik Schopper in the 200-breast (2:11.38), and by three relay teams; the 800-free squad of Morassi, Schopper, Assfeld, and Logan Knoyer (7:12.09), the 400-medley relay unit of Schopper, Morassi, Michael McAlipine, and Scott Heckathorn (3:38.46) and the 200-free squad of Assfeld, McAlpine, Morassi, and Knoyer (1:27.03).
Kay Lange delivered the top individual race of day two, winning the 200-breast in 2:27.46. Camilla Brizzi registered a pair of runner-finishes in the 50-free (24.97), and the 100-free (54.94). Two other runner-up races were produced in the open races; Alyssa Seerano in the 200-IM (2:18.38), and Ryann Katz in the 200-fly (2:19.60).
Like their male teammates, the women also produced some runner-up finishes in the relays on Day Two. The 400-free relay team of Sarah Noll, Lange, Alayna Thompson, and Brizzi touched the wall in 4:09.34, while the 200-free relay unit of Brizzi, Lange, Anna Puigvert, and Emily Kroll recorded a 1:42.10.
Wesleyan's squads now dive into the Winter portion of their training cycle with a very successful Fall behind them. They return to racing action January 12th, facing local rival Davis & Elkins.
( Photo Courtesy taken by Sam Santilli )