Men’s and women’s swimming come out on top at Pidgeon Invitational

Michael Kiwak
Staff Writer

It was a successful weekend for Indiana University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming, as multiple athletes won events and made Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference qualifying times en route to both teams claiming overall victories at the annual John A. Pidgeon Memorial Invitational.

Four Crimson Hawks won individual events, and 13 of them made qualifying marks (17 marks in total).

For the women, Taylor Snyder (junior, family and consumer science), Aniella Janosky (freshman, accounting) and Allyson Mitidieri (senior, nutrition/ dietetics) each notched wins.

Snyder’s win came in the 100-yard freestyle, attaining a qualifying time of 53.34. Janosky won the 200-yard butter­fly with a time of 2:09.28 and Mitidieri won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:26.97.

Both Janosky and Mitidieri’s times were also qualifying times.

“I was able to get a few lifetime best times that I haven’t been near in a while, and I know several other people did as well,” Janosky said, who also had a qualifying time of 54.24 in the 100 free.

“My personal performance was pretty good for this meet. I was especially happy with my 200 IM (individual med­ley), where I posted a very good time in finals, as well as my medley relay performances in the breaststroke legs,” Mitidieri said.

Three other women’s swimmers made PSAC-worthy marks, includ­ing Emily Clark (senior, biology), Allie Humphries (junior, disability servic­es) and Christina Janosky (senior, exer­cise science).

Clark completed the 200-yard breast with a time of 2:30.35 while Humphries touched the wall in the 200-yard but­terfly in 2:16.47 and Janosky had a time of 18:02.62 in the 1650-yard freestyle.

The Crimson Hawks finished with 1,518.5 points during the three-day invitational, ahead of second-place St. Vincent College with 891 points. Lock Haven University was third with 743.5 points and Notre Dame College (Ohio) was fourth with 695.

Wheeling Jesuit University and Mansfield University rounded out the list of teams with 612 and 347 points, respectively.

“I felt that the team had a great over­all performance. We went into the meet pretty beaten down from the previous couple weeks of training, but a lot of team members still pulled out season best times and PSAC-qualifying swims,” Mitidieri said. “This meet was a chal­lenge for the team to really dig deep to pull out some good swims while being fatigued.”

“I think the team doing so well was what helped motivate me person­ally,” Janosky said, “especially toward the end of the meet when we were all so exhausted.”

For the men, it was Brandon Hopkins (junior, exercise science) leading the way with a victory in the 1650 free and a qualifying time in the 200 breast.

Hopkins finished the 1650 free in 16:32.80, almost 15 seconds ahead of his nearest opponent. His time in the 200 breast was 2:13.10.

Steve Long (senior, engineering) also had two races with qualifying times, including the 100-yard freestyle in 47.87 and the 200-yard butterfly in 2:03.73.

Matt Nakagama (junior, communi­cations media) also hit a pair of qual­ifying times, getting his in the 200 fly, with a time of 2:01.1, and the 1650 free, with a time of 16:55.09. Alex Plimpton (sophomore, account­ing) and Alex Cummings (junior, his­tory) finished with qualifying times in the 1650 free as well, touching the wall in 17:03.90 and 17:35.40, respectively. Zach Fountain (junior, geography and regional planning) and Ben Adams (red­shirt sophomore, criminology) also had qualifying times on Saturday.

Fountain finished the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:15.24, while Adams had a time of 1:59.55 in the 200 fly.

Overall, IUP finished first with 1,462.5 points after three days, ahead of Wheeling Jesuit’s 1,196.5. St. Vincent was third with 1,031 points while Notre Dame had 445 points.

“The team did well, and all of our training proved that,” Hopkins said. “After having a nice, refreshing Thanksgiving break we are preparing for our next meet – our mid-season taper meet. It is a fast pool, and we are hop­ing to get NCAA cuts as well as more PSAC cuts.”

Both teams will travel to Akron, Ohio, this weekend to take part in the three-day Zippy Invitational at the University of Akron.

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