Bobcat Swim Teams Sink Fairmont State on Senior Day

Bobcat Swim Teams Sink Fairmont State on Senior Day

BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Wesleyan College swim teams took wins over rival Fairmont State University over the weekend. The Wesleyan women's team battled until the end with a 104-99 victory, while the men dominated to a 137-67 victory as well.

   The Bobcats have now sealed their regular dual meet season as undefeated.  The next meet is the GMAC/MEC Conference Championship meet February 14-17th set in Canton, Ohio.

    "We have continued to train at a high level prior to this meet and our results are still extremely strong which is a positive sign," stated Head Coach April Gitzen. "With so many positive swims from top to bottom the teams are truly performing beyond what I anticipated."  

   The women's team were led by freshmen Samantha Segrest who faced a tough line up, swimming the 1,000-yard freestyle (2nd place), 200-yard butterfly (1st place) and the 500-yard freestyle (1st place).  Following in her steps were many other teammates like Emily Kroll, Ashton Cole, Alyssa Serrano and Kay Lange.

   The women had to battle until the very end to secure their victory.  Heading into the final two races of the day the Bobcats only had a 1 point lead.  With the 200 Breaststroke and the 200 free relay left, the women pulled out strong performances to secure the win.

   On the men's side Mikel Mugarza took home victories in the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle, Dominik Schopper took 1st in the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard breaststroke, and Julian Morassi took 1st in the 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard butterfly.

   The men did not stop there and had strong performances from Logan Knoyer, Kiernan McCarthy, Jeff McNeill, and Dan Williams.

  Both the men and the women took home 2nd place and 3rd place in the 200 medley relays, then finished the meet with 1st and 3rd place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

  "This meet was one for the record books, as it was one of the most exciting atmospheres to be in with the teams and fans being extremely loud.  There was not an empty seat in the place." Added head coach, April Gitzen. "Both teams are filled with great student-athletes, which is always fun to see.  Our focus now is to improve on the details and get the proper rest heading into the conference meet."

   Congratulations to the 6 graduating student-athletes on a wonderful 4 years thus far!