Wesleyan Swimmers Win Tri-Meet at Alderson Broaddus

Wesleyan Swimmers Win Tri-Meet at Alderson Broaddus

PHILIPPI -- West Virginia Wesleyan's swim teams rolled to a pair of tri-meet victories Friday night at Alderson Broaddus University.

In the event that was scored dual-meet style, both the men and women's squads posted victories over Malone College and the host Alderson Broaddus University. 

Wesleyan's men defeated Malone in a tight battle 106-93 and pulled a decsive decision over AB, 146-43. Wesleyan captured seven event titles in posting the men's sweep; one relay and six individual events.

Julian Morassi, Logan Knoyer, and Dominik Schopper all provided two individual wins in the effort.

Morassi won the 1000 free (10:30.43) and the 100 fly (55.06), while Knoyer won the 50 free (22.45) and the 100 backstroke (58.09).

Schopper swam to first in the 200 IM (2:01.79), and the 100 breast (1:00.12).

Wesleyan snagged a relay win in the 200 medley relay. The squad of Scott Heckathorn, Tyler Ducar, Morassi, and Schopper tapped the wall with a winning time of 1:43.95.

Wesleyan's women handled bot opponents decisively; downing Malone 127-76, and AB 155-39.

In matching the men's sweep, the ladies also won seven events; two relays and five individual races.

Camilla Brizzi led the way with a pair of dominant individual wins in the sprints, the 50 free (25.32) and the 100 free (56.21). 

Kimmy Culver raced to victory in the 100 fly (1:02.42), with Kylee Savage winning the 100 backstroke in 1:05.66.

Distance star Ashton Cole delivered an impressive win in the 1000 free in 11:21.54.

Both Wesleyan relay victories came at the 200-meter distance. The 200-medley relay team of Savage, Culver, Justine Bledsoe and Lea Kryvenchuk won with a mark of 1:56.83.

The 200-free relay team of Marylee Gowdy, Chelsea Jesso, Nina Flores and Brizzi raced home with a convincing win at 1:43.05.

Head coach April Gitzen was happy with the performances.

"It was an awesome meet," she remarked. "Our team was excited from the start. Every student-athlete on the team was on the pool deck, pumped up and supporting their teammates. They went into this meet wanting to win and came out on top. It was important to our team to have a good meet against two othe fellow ASC schools, as we will see them again at our conference championships in February.

"We are swimming fast at this point in the season, which is a great sign that we are on the right path training wise and in the weight room. I could not be more pleaed with how we did tonight and how we acted. After the meet, numerous parents commented on how much it shows that our team is a true family."