Men, women finish in top 3 at PSAC swimming championships

It was a memorable weekend for Indiana University of Pennsylvania men’s and women’s swimming at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships, as both teams finished amongst the top and saw multiple swimmers achieve varying degrees of success.

The women’s team finished second out of 13 teams with 493 points, their best finish since 1999.

The men finished with 475 points, which placed them third out of seven teams, which ledtheir best finish since 2005.

Individually, the teams combined for 28 NCAA B standards, one NCAA automatic qualifying time, 17 school records and five PSAC champions.

For the men, Brandon Hopkins (junior, exercise science) broke his own school record in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:30.77; the time was also good for an NCAA B cut.

Also qualifying for an NCAA B cut was Alex Plimpton (sophomore, accounting), who finished with a time of 9:34.81. Additionally, The 200 medley relay team of Paul Singerman (sophomore, physics/computer science), Zach Fountain (junior, regional planning), Stephen Long (senior, engineering), and Andrew Richey (freshman, undeclared) notched a 1:32.96, breaking their own school record that they set earlier this season at the Zippy Invitational.

For the women, Taylor Snyder (junior, family and consumer science) finished first place in the 50 freestyle with a mark of 23.60, which was good for an NCAA B mark and just .27 seconds off her own school record. Another school record broken was the 200 medley relay, which saw the team of Emily Shumaker (junior, marketing), Allyson Mitidieri (senior, nutrition/ dietetics), Aniella Janosky (freshman, accounting) and Snyder finish second overall with a time of 1:44.27.

Other swimmers that earned NCAA B cut times Thursday were Christina Janosky (senior, exercise science) and Paige Spradling (freshman, biology).

Christina Janosky finished fifth in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 10:16.65, less than a half-second off the school record time. Spradling finished the 200 IM with a time of 2:08.00.

The success continued into the second day, as Long won his third straight 100 butterfly title at the event with a time of 48.70, just 00.09 short of his own PSAC and school record. The time was also NCAA B-cut worthy.

On the women’s side, Mitidieri continued her assault on the school record books by breaking Hynson’s record in the 400 IM with a time of 4:21.83. The mark was 00:01.33 quicker than Hynson’s time and earned Mitidieri another NCAA B cut.

The other NCAA B qualifier on the day was Aniella Janosky, who posted a time of 56.82 in the 100 fly.

The third day of the championships saw Long secure a second three-peat and another NCAA B cut, as he won the 200 fly with a 1:50.59. Plimpton also secured another NCAA B cut by finishing with a 4:35.24 in the 500 freestyle.

Mitidieri kept her hot streak going by breaking her own record in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:03.09, which also earned her second place in the event. Shumaker broke her previous school record in the 100 backstroke by swimming a 56.95, while Aniella Janosky swam her way to a first-place finish in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:03.31.

The final day of the championships saw three Crimson Hawks bookend their performances with record-setting performances, as Hopkins, Mitidieri, Christina Janosky all broke their own school records.

On the women’s side, Christina Janosky topped her own record in the 1650 freestyle when she swam a 17:23.52. It placed her in seventh and was an NCAA B cut.

“This year’s PSACs were truly a memorable one,” Allie Humphries (junior, disability services) said. “Our coaches really prepared us mentally and physically for the meet and everyone swam so well.”

Those who made NCAA B cuts will swim at the 2014 NCAA Division II Swimming Championships, which will be hosted by the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, March 12-15.