Thursday, January 18, 2018

Huskies Men's Swimming Makes Short Trip To Susquehanna Friday Night

SELINSGROVE, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University men's swimming team will travel to Susquehanna University on Friday evening, January 19, to battle the River Hawks in a dual meet. Start time from the James W. Garrett Sports Complex Swimming Pool is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

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The Huskies enter the dual meet with a 3-2 record on the season but it will be the team's first action since competing at the Zippy Invitational from December 1 through December 3. It will also be Bloomsburg's first dual since November 18 when it handled Dickinson, 106-89, for its third consecutive dual victory.

Against Dickinson, sophomore Doug Boehme (Blue Bell, Pa./Buxmont Christian Academy) won a pair of individual events to pace the Huskies while seniors Paul Rocchi (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) and Sam Feiser (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) also posted two victories - one relay and one individual. Other individual winners were senior Josh Grzech (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) and sophomores Jordan Wyant (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) and Colin Bauer (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts). Redshirt sophomore Nathan Mihalko (Windber, Pa./Richland) and sophomore Lucas Haywood (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill) joined Rocchi and Feiser as part of the winning 200-yard medley relay team.

Bloomsburg posted 11 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) marks on the afternoon.

The Huskies opened the meet with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay as Bloomsburg "B" team won the event with a time of 1:39.61. Mihalko opened and gave the Huskies a slim lead after the opening 50 yards. Rocchi kept the lead intact, Feiser extended the lead in the butterfly, and Haywood anchored to bring home the victory. Bloomsburg's "A" team of Grzech, freshman Noah Cancro(Limerick, Pa./Spring-Ford), junior Matthew Schulz (Norristown, Pa./Methacton), and Wyant finished third with a time of 1:40.62 in the closely-contested opening race of the meet.

Haywood posted a strong swim in the 1000-yard freestyle to open the individual events. The sophomore touched the wall in 11:03.62 to finish second in the race. Boehme followed with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:46.60 to give the Huskies their first individual win of the day.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Wyant and freshman Collin Hummel(Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg) finished 1-2 as Wyant was able to out-touch his teammate to claim the victory. Wyant clocked in with a time of 22.07 while Hummel touched in 22.35. Two events later, Paul Rocchi (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) and Cancro finished 1-2 in the 400-yard individual medley. Rocchi finished in 4:31.64 while Cancro touched the wall in 4:35.31.

Feiser claimed his individual win in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:57.78 and was the only swimmer with a sub-two-minute time in the race. Finias (2:01.25) and Wyant (2:04.84) placed second and third. Boehme followed with a victory in the 100-yard freestyle (49.05) as he defeated senior teammate Alex McCullough (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) (49.09) by four-hundredths of a second. Grzech then won the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:03.46 and Bauer ended the day with a win in the 500-yard freestyle after touching the all in 4:59.70.

The River Hawks enter with a 2-3 dual-meet record on the season and, most recently competed against Franklin & Marshall on Sunday, January 14 where it lost by a 157-105 score.

Against Franklin & Marshall, Shane Sullivan posted a pair of wins and Owen Madden won the 500-yard freestyle. Sullivan posted wins in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events and also helped Susquehanna to a second-place finish in the meet-opening 200 medley relay. Sullivan won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.30 and took top honors in the 200-yard breaststroke with a winning time of 2:15.01.

Madden, meanwhile, was a winner in the 500-yard freestyle winning by just 1.63 seconds. He also took first in an exhibition 400-yard individual medley at the end of the meet.

Bloomsburg will host its annual Senior Celebration Day on Saturday, Janaury 27, beginning at 12:00 p.m. The Huskies will then head to IUP for its final event of the regular season - the Crimson Hawk Invitational - on February 2 and February 3.

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