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Swimming breaks records at A-10s

The swimming and diving teams had a weekend of broken records in Geneva, O.H. where they competed in the Atlantic 10 Championships.

Dylan Yurasits made a name for himself on the first day of competition. The senior diver set a new conference record in the one meter dive, with a score of 348.45. Blake Griffith finished in third with a score 297.40.

The 200 medley team topped another school record. The team of Fabian Bergman, Marcus Forsgren, Jakub Bartosiewicz and Norm Gregory finished the relay with a time of 1:28.24, eclipsing last year’s record of 1:29.41. The team finished second overall in the race.

The 800 free relay team also broke a school record. Bergman and Forsgren along with Aleksander Nikolic and Kyle McElwee finished with a time of 6:33.41 to beat the previous record by over three seconds. Once again, the team finished second overall.

Bergman started the second day of competition with a new school record in the 200 IM. Forsgren took the gold with a record time of 1:46.06.

The 200 free relay team tied a previous school record, finishing with a time of 1:22.04. The team of Bartosiewicz, Norm Gregory, Sammy Odtallah and Isaiah Gregory finished the race in seventh place.

Yurasits continued his outstanding Championship performance with another win. This time, he took the top spot in the three meter dive with a score of 364.70. He was named A-10 diver of the year for his efforts this weekend and qualified to the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships.

Bergman also continued a fantastic performance with a new record in the 100 back. The senior finished the race in 47.24 for a second place overall finish.

After the fourth day of competition, the men finished the Championship in third place with 431 points behind the teams from George Washington and George Mason.

The women also broke numerous records at the Championship.

The team of Olivia DiStefano, Maddy Koelsch, Emily Wolbert and Natalie Simunek set a new school record in the 200 yard medley relay. The team finished with a time of 1:42.95 and finished in ninth place overall.

DiStefano set a school record of her own in the 50 free. The junior finished in 22.95 and took second place overall, finishing just behind St. Bonaventure’s Anhelina Kutsko.

Sydney Szopo took ninth place in the one meter dive with a score of 244.35. She also took fourth in the three meter dive with 290.90 points. She would also advance to the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships.

On the third day of competition, DiStefano broke another school record, this time in the 100 back. She touched the wall in 54.33 to break her own previous record in the event and take second place once again.

Finally, Emily Wolbert ended the competition with a new school record in the 200 fly. The sophomore finished with a time of 2:03.28 to take sixth place in the event.

The women finished the four days of competition with a total of 190 points. They finished ninth as a team.

Helen Starrs, Editor
starrsh1@student.lasalle.edu