More Records Fall As Panthers Once Again Find Gold

Photo by Wade Aiken
Photo by Wade Aiken

ERIE, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford swim teams found gold once again, both teams using school record-breaking times to reach the podium on the third day of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships.

The Pitt-Bradford men's team is tied with Alfred State for third place with 270 points – just 12 points back from second-place Cabrini.

The Panthers women's team is sixth with 106 points – four back from Franciscan.

"This was a special night for the Pitt-Bradford swim team," Head Coach Doug Alban said. "Every athlete that swam in the morning qualified for the evening finals. Moreover, each athlete improved their time during the finals session. It's exciting to continue adding to our school records, especially with Jillian getting her first individual record. The team standings are very close and we need to show up tomorrow ready to race!" 

The finals began on the right foot as the men's 200-medley relay team grabbed the conference title with a new school record time of 1:36.50.

The team of Corey Koss, Noah Frederick, Nicholas Boyd and Jared Schwab bested the old Pitt-Bradford record time of 1:37.49 for the AMCC win.

Boyd later grabbed a podium spot with a 53.96 finish for third place in the 100-butterfly.

Benjamin Koss then earned a second-place finish in the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:43.57, trimming over two seconds off his preliminary time.

Jillian Wright then earned a piece of Pitt-Bradford history as she captured fourth place in the 100-breaststroke with a school-record breaking time of 1:14.91.

In the men's 100-breaststroke, Frederick grabbed second with a time of 1:00.40.

The Panthers then finished the day on a high note as they dominated the podium in the men's 100-backstroke as Schwab and Corey Koss earned the top-two spots in the event.

Schwab earned the win with a school record-breaking time of 52.48 while Corey Koss finished is 52.78.

Saturday's preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. with finals for the 1,650-freestyle, 200-backstroke, 100-freestyle, 200-breaststroke, 200-butterfly and 400-freestyle relay starting at 6 p.m.

After the conclusion of Saturday's action, the men's and women's conference champions will be crowned.