Friday, February 2, 2018

Huskies Men's Swimming Wraps Up Regular Season Saturday At IUP

(Photo courtesy of Bloomsburg University Sports Information)
Men's Swimming
INDIANA, Pa. - The Bloomsburg University men's swimming team travels to Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Saturday, February 3, to take part in the John A. Pidgeon Memorial Invitational. Along with the Huskies and the Crimson Hawks, the Vulcans of California University of Pennsylvania and the Bald Eagles of Lock Haven University will participate in the meet. Start times are 9:00 a.m. for the morning, and 3:00 p.m. for the afternoon. The Invitational will wrap up the regular season for the Huskies.

Before the invitational gets underway on Saturday, the Huskies will partake in a Sportsmanship Relay with IUP and Lock Haven on Friday, February 2, at 5:00 pm. The three teams will combine rosters and then divide into two teams, with no official scoring.

LAST TIME OUT
The Huskies have not competed since knocking off Susquehanna University, 125.5-79.5, back on January 19.

Against Susquehanna, Alex McCullough (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) had a pair of individual victories while Collin Hummel(Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg) and Jordan Wyant (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) added two wins apiece - one individual and one relay. Doug Boehme (Blue Bell, Pa./Buxmont Christian Academy) and Paul Rocchi (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) had the other individual wins for the Huskies while Josh Grzech (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood)Noah Cancro (Limerick, Pa./Spring-Ford)Sam Feiser (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts)Colin Bauer (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts)Lucas Haywood (Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill), and Nathan Mihalko (Windber, Pa./Richland) each were part of relay-winning teams.

Bloomsburg started quickly as the Huskies finished 1-2 in the 400-yard medley relay to open competition. Grzech, Cancro, Feiser, and Hummel teamed up for the victory with a time of 3:37.15 - just under a second ahead of Bloomsburg's other foursome of Matthew Rocchi (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan)Paul Rocchi(Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan)Matthew Schulz (Norristown, Pa./Methacton), and McCullough.

Boehme gave the Huskies their first individual win of the night as he touched the wall in 10:05.22 to earn the victory in the 1000-yard freestyle. Wyant finished second but was 23 seconds behind Boehme as he posted a time of 10:28.60. McCullough then finished in a tie for first in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:48.60 while Cancro was third with a mark of 1:51.79. Hummel posted the Huskies' third straight win as he won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.99. Grzech finished second with a time of 22.41 while Haywood was fourth after touching the wall in 22.92.

After Matthew Rocchi (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) posted a second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley, Wyant got the Huskies back in the win column with a victory in the 100-yard butterfly. Wyant finished with a time of 54.33 while Sean Finias(Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) finished third with a mark of 55.37.

McCullough earned his second win of the night, out-touching the competition in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of exactly five minutes. Haywood had another strong showing as he took third with a time of 5:09.77. Paul Roochi finished off the individual races with a win in the 100-yard breaststroke after posting a time of 1:00.54.

In the final relay event of the night, the team of Bauer, Haywood, Mihalko, and Wyant touched the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:28.87.

UP NEXT
With the regular season coming to a close, the Huskies have a couple of weeks to get ready for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships. PSACs get underway on Wednesday, February 21, at 9:00 a.m. from the Graham Aquatic Center in York, Pennsylvania, and will run through Saturday, February 24.

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