Panthers Swim To Face Three Opponents In Busy Weekend

Photo by Wade Aiken
Photo by Wade Aiken

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford men's and women's swim teams enter a busy weekend, first competing at Alfred State Friday before hosting a tri-meet with Wells College and Penn State-Behrend Saturday.

Saturday's meet at the Paul C. Duke III Aquatic Center will be the final action hosted by the Panthers of the 2017-18 season.

Prior to the start of Saturday's meet, the Department of Athletics and the Pitt-Bradford swim program will honor senior Corey Koss during his last home meet as a Pitt-Bradford student-athlete.

Last weekend, the Panthers swim teams competed for the first time since the midseason meet at Fredonia from Dec. 1-3.

Ultimately, Buffalo State claimed wins against both teams, earning the men's win 138-117 and the women's win 136-66.

Wells College was set to join the two teams for a tri-meet, however severe weather made their travel to the campus of Pitt-Bradford impossible and will be joining this weekend's meet as a result.

The first victory of the day for Pitt-Bradford came in the men's 1,000-freestyle as Carey Behm timed in at 10:52.23.

Pitt-Bradford later took the top-two spots in the 100-backstroke as Jared Schwab finished at 54.38 for the victory and Corey Koss timed in at 55.68 for second place.

Jillian Wright claimed the victory in the 100-breaststroke with a time of 1:19.36, just under two full seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Noah Frederick completed the Panthers' sweep of the 100-breaststroke as he also earned the win, finishing in 1:03.94.

The second win for the Panthers' women's team came in the 50-freestyle as Kayla Broad timed in 26.98.

Schwab claimed a win in the 50-freestyle with a time of 22.39 by a nose, just .14 of a second ahead of the second-place finisher.

Broad grabbed her second win of the day in the 100-freestyle with a victorious time of 59.89, the only competitor to finish in under a minute. 

Corey Koss earned a win in the 200-backstroke with a winning time of 2:06.10, .30 of a second ahead of the second-place finisher.

The second win of the day for Frederick came in commanding fashion as he timed in at 2:21.72 in the 200-breaststroke, 4.13 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.

Carey Behm took the 500-freestyle with a time of 5:16.35, the only swimmer to complete the event in under 5:21.

Beyleigh Duda then finished in first place in the 100-butterfly with a time of 1:25.69.

Wright's second win of the day came in the 200-IM with a time of 2:38.45.

The day's events were concluded with the 400-freestyle relay.

The men's team of Benjamin Koss, Carey Behm, Corey Koss and Jared Schwab finished second with a time of 3:19.85.

The women's team of Broad, Danica AndrewsBeyleigh Duda and Wright finished third at 4:34.42.

Both Alfred State and Penn State-Behrend competed in the Fredonia mid-season meet as well. On the women's side, the Pioneers finished one place ahead of the Panthers in eighth place with 209 points, and the Lions came in sixth with 304 points. In the men's competition, Alfred State also finished eighth with 285 points and Behrend claimed the victory with a first-place finish of 825.5 points.

Wells' men's team has competed in six events this season and the women's team has competed seven times with both teams picking up one victory apiece. Both have been idle since Dec. 2.

Friday's meet at Alfred State is set to begin at 6 p.m. with Saturday's home action scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.