It was a successful weekend for Indiana University of Pennsylvania women’s and men’s swimming, as both squads claimed victory in team competition and had multiple swimmers make Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-qualifying times.
In the last home meet of the season, the women swam circles around their opposition, beating Bloomsburg University 281-102 and Gannon University 275-137. Concurrently, the men trampled Gannon 248-110 but fell to Bloomsburg 206-169.
Individually, the women notched 20 PSAC marks, and the men had 25. Both teams also had one swimmer notch a NCAA B mark.
The first session kicked off Friday evening with Christina Janosky (senior, exercise science), Allyson Mitidieri (senior, nutrition/dietetics), Taylor Snyder (junior, family and consumer science), the 400 medley relay team and the 200 freestyle team taking home first-place finishes.
Janosky won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:14.58; Mitidieri’s win came in the 200 IM with a time of 2:10.87; Snyder picked up an NCAA B-qualifying time of 24.21 in the 50 freestyle; and the 200 freestyle team, consisting of Snyder, Emily Shumaker (junior, marketing), Christina Janosky and Aniella Janosky (freshman, accounting), won the event with a time of 1:38.84.
For the men, Chris Strauss (freshman, exercise science) and the 400 relay team claimed victories on the day. Strauss’ came in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:47.68 while the relay team of Paul Singerman (sophomore, physics/computer science), Zach Fountain (junior, regional planning), Stephen Long (senior, engineering), Andrew Richey (freshman, undeclared) won the event with a time of 3:33.05.
The action resumed Saturday with both teams claiming first place in the 200 medley relay in front of a full crowd.
The women’s team of Shumaker, Mitidieri, Aniella Janosky and Snyder won with a time of 1:50.38, and the men’s team of Singerman, Fountain, Long and Richey won with a time of 1:36.80. The other events that saw both teams earn victories were the 400 IM the 100 butterfly, where Aniella Janosky and Long won with times of 58.76 and 49.68; Long’s time was a NCAA B mark.
Two more victories were recorded in the second session. Dana Steinert (junior, music education) won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:59.29, and the women’s 800 freestyle team of Gabriella Guttman (junior, exercise science), Aniella Janosky, Nicole Stevenson (freshman, early childhood education) and Mitidieri won with a time of 8:03.31.
Prior to the last session, 14 seniors on the team were honored with a ceremony that included recitations of their favorite stories and memories from their time at IUP.
“It’s hard; it’s a big class,” head coach Chris Villa said about the seniors. “I’ve been here a while, but this is a class I’ve gotten really close with, and it’s going to be tough and very hard to lose them.”
“It’s bittersweet. I’ve grown to love this team, and we’ve become a really close family,” Christina Janosky said. The women had a very successful final session, as Allie Humphries (junior, disability services) won the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:12.89.
The team of Snyder, Shumaker and the Janosky sisters won the 400 freestyle with a time of 3:40.70. Aniella Janosky won the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:08.19 and Paige Spradling (freshman, biology) won the 200 breast stroke.
The men won one event in the final session, with Ben Adams (sophomore, criminology) finishing first in the 200 yard butterfly with a mark of 1:57.49.
“Everyone did really well today,” Mitidieri said. “Actually, we had a few really good swims today, and some people were right on their best times so I’d say we had a pretty nice meet today.”
“We’re ready physically and mentally. We have trained so hard this year, and I think this is going to be a really good year for IUP,” Christina Janosky said.
The championships will take place Feb. 20-23 in York.