Thursday, January 18, 2018

Huskies Women's Swimming At Susquehanna Friday; Home Against East Stroudsburg Saturday

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University women'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. Bloomsburg will then return home to host East Stroudsburg University at the Nelson Field House Pool beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20.

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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, 129-65, for its third consecutive dual victory.

Against Dickinson, eight different swimmers got into the win column. Senior Karly Hursey (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) won both distance freestyle events to earn a pair of individual victories on the afternoon. Redshirt senior Nikki Young (Eagleville, Pa./Methacton) and redshirt junior Marykate Boylan (Edgemont, Pa./Penncrest) each had one individual victory and were both part of the winning 200-yard medley relay team. Senior Courtney Middleton (Vineland, N.J./Vineland), sophomore Becca Cubbler(Royersford, Pa./Spring-Ford), and Kelley McHugh (Philadelphia, Pa./Little Flower) each added individual victories while senior Kate Cossitor (Morgantown, Pa./Twin Valley) and junior Samantha Carpenter (Sunbury, Pa./Shamokin Area) joined Young and Boylan on the 200-yard medley relay team.

Bloomsburg posted 19 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) marks on the afternoon.

The winning 200-yard medley relay team posted a time of 1:53.51 and won by nearly four seconds over the Huskies "B" team that touched the wall in 1:57.20. The "B" foursome consisted of sophomore Kiera Wadsworth (Blakeslee, Pa./Ridley) and freshmen Chelsea Ackerson (Hamilton, N.J./Steinert)Emily Hodges (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton), and Lindsay Mooney(Salisbury, Md./Parkside).

Hursey posted her first of two victories on the day with a dominant performance in the 1000-yard freestyle. Her time of 10:46.35 was nearly 30 seconds faster than sophomore Kaitlyn Floyd(Mertztown, Pa./Kutztown) who finished second with a time of 11:11.32. Cubbler followed with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle, touching the wall in 2:00.38 - five-tenths of a second faster than Mooney who posted a time of 2:00.80. Ackerson was third after clocking in with a time of 2:02.83.

Young, Boylan, and Wadsworth finished 1-2-3 in the 50-yard freestyle with Young narrowly missing an NCAA "B" mark by just under five-tenths of a second. Young posted a time of 24.53 - one-and-a-half seconds faster than Boylan who clocked in at 25.95. Wadsworth was third with a time of 26 seconds flat.

Three events later, Middleton earned her victory in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:14.57. Junior Sammie Carroll (Marlton, N.J./Cherokee) was second with a time of 2:16.06. The Huskies then won three consecutive events to close out the meet as Boylan started with a win in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.12 - four-hundredths of a second faster than Mooney. McHugh posted a winning time of 2:15.06 in the 200-yard backstroke and Hursey earned the win in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:17.12.

Young closed out the meet by posting a provisional time of 2:22.25 in the 200-yard breaststroke.

The River Hawks are 4-1 on the season which includes a 159-103 victory over Franklin & Marshall on Sunday, January 14. Senior Joann Butkus won both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststroke events and also helped two relays to victories during the victory. Butkus won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:09.02 and took first in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:32.03. She also teamed with Cate Welch, Maggie Palaski, and Katie Willis for a win in the meet-opening 200-yard medley relay. Butkus capped the meet as she teamed with Willis, Jozefiak, and Morgan O'Hara for a first place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:43.51.

Willis was a member of both winning relays and also touched the wall first in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle races winning the 50 in 25.28 and the 100 in 55.43.

Abby Condon took first place in both backstroke events winning the 100-yard in 1:01.64 and the 200-yard in 2:11.65. Megan Shaffer was a winner in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:18.69 and was second in the 200-yard freestyle as well. Tori Weems won the 200-yard freestyle in 2:00.75 and also finished second in the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:18.12 time.

Butkus went on to win the Landmark Conference Female Swimmer of the Week Award on Monday.

The Warriors, like Susquehanna, are 4-1 on the season. East Stroudsburg last competed at the University of Tampa Relay Classic on January 6.

The Warriors had five relay teams record top-five finishes, led by a third-place showing from the 400-yard freestyle relay foursome of junior Briana Hall, senior Colleen Dwyer, sophomore Olivia Lukshides, and senior Annie Fagan.

The invitational included several relays which are not typically contested at standard dual meets. ESU's other top five results came in the 3x100 butterfly relay, the 3x100 breaststroke relay, the 400-yard medley relay and the 400-yard 100 individual medley relay.

Senior Allison Cardow, Fagan and Hall placed fourth in the fly event and freshman Julia Harnish, senior Shirley Samson and senior Kate Zimmerman were fifth in the breast. Dwyer, Cardow, Zimmerman and Fagan combined for a fifth place showing in the 400 medley, and Cardow, freshman Bri Bieber, Samson and Zimmerman were fifth in the IM race.

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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