Saturday, February 24, 2018

Six For Six! Feiser Wins Again As Does Grzech; Men's Swimming Stays In Second At PSACs

Men's Swimming
FRIDAY PRELIMINARIES
FRIDAY FINALS

YORK, Pa. - Senior Sam Feiser (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts)won his sixth event in six swims at the 2018 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships and senior Josh Grzech (Mountain Top, Pa./Crestwood) won for the third time this week as the Bloomsburg University men's swimming team remained in second place with one day of competition remaining at the Graham Aquatic Center.

The Huskies lost a few more points to West Chester in the overall team standings as Bloomsburg (473.5) now trails the Golden Rams (595) by 121.5 points for the conference championship. But, the story of the week has been Feiser as he is a perfect six-for-six in winning PSAC titles and continues to state his case for the Most Outstanding Swimmer honor. Including last season's results, Feiser has now won 11 PSAC titles in the last two years.

Feiser took care of business in the 200-yard butterfly for his sixth victory of the week. He entered the meet seeded 11th in the conference but lowered his time in the event by more than six seconds on Friday to win the title with a time of 1:51.14. Sean Finias (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) had a strong showing in the event and aided Feiser in the team scoring by placing fourth overall with a time of 1:53.87. Colin Bauer (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) also qualified for the A final after morning prelims and finished seventh with a mark of 1:55.72.

Matthew Schulz (Norristown, Pa./Methacton) finished fourth in the B final of the 200-yard butterfly and placed 12th overall after coming in with a time of 1:57.02. Jordan Wyant (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) was 14th overall, sixth in the B final, with a time of 1:57.38.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Grzech defended his conference title in the event as he captured the win with a time of 49.22 - two-hundredths of a second behind his school-record time of 49.20 he posted at last year's conference meet. Grzech entered the week seeded 16th in the PSAC but lowered his time by nearly five seconds in the event. His championship-winning time was an NCAA "B" cut and marked his third win of the week - first as an individual.

Also competing on Friday evening in the event were Matthew Rocchi (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) and Nathan Mihalko(Windber, Pa./Richland) who both swam in the B final. Rocchi took second in the B final (10th overall) with a time of 52.76 while Mihalko was seventh in the B final (15th overall) after touching the wall in 54.03.

The evening started with Doug Boehme (Blue Bell, Pa./Buxmont Christian Academy) placing fifth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:40.37. Alex McCullough (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts), who has had a fine weekend in his final conference championship event, won the B final in the 500 free with a time of 4:40.65.

Paul Rocchi (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) placed eighth overall in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 57.09. Matthew Rocchi (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan) finished second in the B final (10th overall) with a time of 58.03 while Noah Cancro(Limerick, Pa./Spring-Ford) was on his heels in 11th overall with a mark of 58.39.

The final event of the night saw the foursome of Collin Hummel(Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg), Boehme, McCullough, and Wyant team up for a fifth-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The quartet posted a time of 7:00.57.

The conference championships will conclude on Saturday as morning preliminaries are slated to begin at 10:00 a.m. with evening finals scheduled for 5:00 p.m.

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