IUP tops Gannon, Bloomsburg in Tri-Meet Invite

(Cal Cary/ The Penn)

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The men’s and women’s teams of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Crimson Hawks faced off in the Crimson Hawk Tri-Meet Invite against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference rivals Bloomsburg University and Gannon University Friday and Saturday.

Both IUP’s men’s and women’s programs swept their matches against the opposing squad. Gannon was discarded rather easily by both the Crimson Hawks and Huskies; however, the Bloomsburg matches proved to be rather close.

IUP’s women defeated Bloomsburg by a final score of 187-145 and walloped Gannon by a final score of 226-102. Bloomsburg made quick work of Gannon, too, coasting ahead to a 216-113 finish.

Leading the charge throughout this affair was Paige Spradling (sophomore, biology) with three individual wins. Bloomsburg’s Caroline Hodgins, IUP’s Taylor Snyder (senior, human development and environmental studies) also put out solid performances with two event wins apiece.

Aniella Janosky (sophomore, accounting), a 2015 PSAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week honoree, was one of four women’s swimmers to help IUP place first in the 200 yard medley relay, too.

The men’s program was also running on all cylinders, defeating Bloomsburg by a narrow eight points, 170-162, and thrashing Gannon 255-68.

The men’s portion of the meet had five different swimmers combine for two wins apiece.

Brandon Hopkins (senior, kinesiology health & sport science), Yuri Fernandes (junior, computer science) and Ben Adams (redshirt junior, Criminology) represented the Crimson Hawks.

Jake Harner and Alex Otero competed for Bloomsburg.

Neither Gannon’s men’s nor women’s programs won a single event in the individual bracket.

In the relay realm, however, Gannon and Bloomsburg’s women’s programs managed two wins apiece to IUP’s one.

Yet, Gannon was shut out in the men’s races, and Bloomsburg outscored IUP three wins to two.

The IUP women’s team ended the regular season with a 3-0 record, not counting the three invitationals they participated in, giving the team confidence with the home stretch of the season approaching.

IUP’s men’s program also ended their regular season with a perfect 3-0 mark, so things are on the up-and-up for the future of this program as well.

Gannon, however, has both of their teams sitting at 2-6, competing in fewer invitationals.

There is plenty of work that needs to be done in order for Gannon to compete in the PSAC in years to come.

Bloomsburg’s men’s and women’s swimming program participated in only one invitational, thus more of their meets counted toward their overall record.

The Huskies women’s team finished with a strong 8-1 record, and the men’s team’s final record of 6-2.

The PSAC Championships, a four-day event at the Graham Aquatic Center, located in York, is slated to begin Feb. 19.