Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bloomsburg University's Young Lifts Women's Swimming To Victory Over Edinboro Friday Night

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - Redshirt senior Nikki Young (Eagleville, Pa./Methacton) posted three victories, including an NCAA "B" cut in the 100-yard breaststroke, as the Bloomsburg University women's swimming team captured its first victory of the young season with a 131-71 win over visiting Edinboro University on Friday night at the Nelson Field House Pool. The Huskies improved to 1-2 on the campaign while the Fighting Scots dropped to 0-2.

Young was a part of the Huskies' 200-yard medley relay team that started the evening with a victory and later captured individual wins in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard breaststroke. Her time of 1:04.13 in the 100-yard breaststroke gave her an NCAA "B" mark and is currently the fourth-fastest time in the country, to date, this year. The result was also the second-fastest time in program history, trailing only her own record of 1:02.32 she established during the 2015-16 season.

Senior Karly Hursey (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) won both distance events to give her a pair of individual victories on the night while sophomore Becca Cubbler (Royersford, Pa./Spring-Ford) added a single individual win and a relay victory. Freshman Kelley McHugh (Philadelphia, Pa./Little Flower) and junior Sydney Mercer (Bloomsburg, Pa./Millville) also earned first-place finishes.

All told, Bloomsburg collected 26 qualifying times for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships in February.

The Huskies started the night in strong fashion, getting a victory in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:48.81. The team consisted of sophomore Kiera Wadsworth (Blakeslee, Pa./Ridley), Young, redshirt junior Marykate Boylan (Edgemont, Pa./Penncrest), and Cubbler. Wadsworth gave the team a slim lead in the 50-yard backstroke but then Young gave the team a significant lead with her 29.06 split in the 50-yard breaststroke. Boylan extended the lead and Cubbler finished off the race to post the 10th-fastest time in the event in school history.

Hursey posted her first win of the night with a time of 10:44.04 in the 1000-yard freestyle as she narrowly held off freshman teammate Chelsea Ackerson (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert) who posted a PSAC-qualifying time of 10:46.77. It was definitely a two-horse race as the next-fastest mark came from junior Abby Kling(York, Pa./Spring Grove) who touched the wall in 11:29.54.

McHugh followed with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle, posting a time of 1:58.38. She was the only swimmer on the night to finish with a time under two minutes. The Huskies followed with three PSAC-qualifying marks in the 50-yard freestyle - senior Kate Cossitor (Morgantown, Pa./Twin Valley) (25.31), sophomore Kaitlyn Floyd (Mertztown, Pa./Kutztown) (25.38), and Boylan (25.41). The trio finished second, third, and fourth respectively.

Three more swimmers posted PSAC marks in the 200-yard individual medley - senior Courtney Middleton(Vineland, N.J./Vineland) (2:14.87), Mercer (2:16.50), and senior Lauren Minford (Glen Mills, Pa./Garnet Valley) (2:16.19). Middleton finished second and Mercer finished third in the event while Minford swam provisionally. The Huskies then picked up four more PSAC qualifiers in the 100-yard butterfly with Young winning the race with a time of 58.72 - three seconds faster than Cossitor who finished second. McHugh and freshman Emily Hodges (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton) also posted PSAC marks in the event.

Cubbler won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.35 for her only individual victory of the night. Mercer followed with her win in the 100-yard backstroke, posting a time of 1:00.79, and then Hursey collected her second win of the night with a time of 5:16.53 in the 500-yard freestyle.

Bloomsburg will return to the pool next Friday, November 10, when it hosts Clarion University at the Nelson Field House Pool. Start time is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

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