BUCKHANNON —The West Virginia Wesleyan College swim teams took wins over rival Davis & Elkins College over the weekend at the third annual Battle of the Hills. The unique meet is split into two days of competition with the first night kicking off in Elkins on Friday evening. The meet concluded at home on Saturday afternoon.
The Wesleyan women's team downed D&E 257-130 while the men used a strong day 2 to take a commanding 241-144 victory.
Both teams are coming off a long hiatus having not competed since the Corbiere-Merion Invitational in mid-November. The teams have been back to campus since January 1st and spent last week in heavy training.
"After a week and a half of intense training our performances over the weekend have been beyond expectations," said head coach April Gitzen. "There were numerous standout swims from the two day meet. Our team support was remarkable and the energy levels were high."
The women's team were led by senior Camilla Brizzi who swept her races both days. She took home top honors both the 50 (25.48 & 25.42) and 100 freestyle (57.15 & 57.72) during both days.
Kay Lange contributed to the women's wins with top honors in the 200 breast (2:35.01) and 500 free (5:35.13). Other winners included Ashton Cole in the 1,000 free (11:28.72), Samantha Segrest in the 200 fly (2:24.95), and Ryann Katz in the 100 fly (1:05.83).
The women swept all four relays across both days.
Arthur Assfeld led the men by picking up four victories in the 50 free both days (22.02 & 21.91), 100 fly (51.60) and 100 back (53.96).
Dominik Schopper swept the breaststroke events notching victories in the 100 (1:00.35) and 200 (2:12.38) along with taking the 400 IM (4:20.92).
The men also took home wins in all relay events.
"Although we swam exceptionally well we still have a lot of work to do as we head into our conference championship meet in 4 and half weeks," stated Coach Gitzen.
Both teams will complete their regular season this weekend with home meets versus Salem International University on Friday evening at 6pm and Fairmont State University on Saturday at 1pm. Saturday we will honor our graduating seniors – Kiernan McCarthy, Theresa Burgess, Dylan Ringer, Camilla Brizzi and Scott Heckathorn.