The Gannon swim teams made a big splash during the opening day of the Wooster Invitational, breaking two school records and meeting five NCAA “B” cut times Thursday.
Gannon sits in second place out of 10 teams in the combined standings after the first day. Edinboro leads the way with 777 points, narrowly out-swimming the Golden Knights (774) by three points. Case Western Reserve (688), Ohio Northern (650.5) and the College of Wooster (602) completed the top five. The Golden Knights are second in the women’s standings and third in the men’s order.
The women’s relay teams provided the opening-day spark. The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Amanda Knapp (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg), Michelle Fischl (Greensburg, Pa./Greensburg Salem), Katie Joseph (McDonald, Ohio/McDonald) and Morgan Lydic (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) began the event by winning the gold medal with an NCAA “B” cut time of one minute and 36.13 seconds.
The 400-medley relay team capped the night with a school record time of three minutes and 54.56 seconds. The foursome of Kelsey Williams (Danville, Pa./Danville Area), Katie Vincent (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus), Knapp and Joseph also meet NCAA “B” cut standards with the performance that gave the Lady Knights a second-place finish. The time broke the old school record set two years ago by one full second.
A second school record fell during the 200-yard IM where Fischl took home the gold with a time of two minutes and 7.69 seconds. It broke Knapp’s 2011-12 record by 1.68 seconds and also met NCAA “B” cut standards.
The last two NCAA “B” cut times came during the 50-yard freestyle. Lydic recorded the proper times during both the prelims (24.23) and the finals (23.92). She was the first to touch the wall in the finals, giving the Lady Knights three first-place finishes during the first day of action.
Knapp was close to recording the team’s sixth NCAA “B” cut time, but her 200-yard IM second-place time of 2:08.84 fell 0.22 second shy of the necessary standard.
On the men’s side, Adam Chrzanowski (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep) was the lone winner. The sophomore was the field’s best in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of four minutes and 40.94 seconds. The performance couldn’t have been any closer to the NCAA “B” cut time without getting it, falling 0.04 second shy.
In addition to the school records and NCAA “B” cut times, 35 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) times were recorded.
Article by Dan Telinski published Nov. 8, 2012 on www.gannonsports.com For more about all of Gannon’s sports teams, check out http://www.gannonsports.com.