PAC Championship 2013: Day Three

It’s been a long weekend – rewarding for many; revealing for some. But 30-some hours of pool time later, the meet has come to its conclusion.
After some last-night traditions, the final leg of the competition kicked off with a recognition of all the seniors participating in the invitational.

As expected, the Grove City women ran away with the meet. They gained 67 points on Westminster Saturday, sealing a 151-point victory. For the men, it came down to the last day, but the kind of tight finish in the last race many were expecting (this writer included) did not happen. The men’s team faded away somewhere in the middle of Saturday’s finals, making the gap simply too much to overcome. They finished with 728 points, 13 behind Westminster. Despite the men’s team being outpaced, though, there were many great moments for both Grove City teams.

The women sent three swimmers into the 1650 finals, all of them underclassmen – sophomores Keegan Reed and Liv Beckner and freshman Megan Bilko.
The PAC keeps track of times for the 1000 yard point of the race. Current senior Jenny Ryan, who scratched from the event last night, set the record last year with a time of 10:32.71. Bilko broke it in 10:32.10. She proceeded to break Ryan’s invitational record for the 1650 and the pool record by swimming a 17:20.59 – just a second under last year’s qualifying time. Beckner took fourth and Reed placed fifth.

Junior David Bossert, the meet’s only male three-event winner, took the men’s mile in 16:28.48, 12 seconds faster than his winning time last year. Bossert would receive the Invitational’s Swimmer of the Year award later in the night. Junior E.J. Leuschner took eighth by – get this – one hundredth of a second. Consider for a moment how long the mile race is. A difference of that magnitude may not seem like much, but this time the minute distance proved the difference-maker. Additionally, the ninth-place scorer was not swimming in Leuschner’s heat – the mile, along with other lengthy events, is a “timed final,” meaning the places are determined on time alone in one swim-through, rather than performance in prelims and finals within an eight-swimmer heat.

Sophomore Lauren Cassano earned her fourth B-cut time (read: “provisional standard”) in the 200 backstroke, winning with a time of 2:06.44. Senior Natalie Keibler took fourth.

Anglea Palumbo swam a B-cut time in the preliminary of the 100 free, but failed to break her own pool record in the final. Palumbo did take first, though, and Jenny Ryan had a second-place finish. Eric Fairchild pushed himself to swim a B-cut 45.85 in the event.

Kaley Hess won the 200 breaststroke for the women. Louis Gabriele shaved almost two seconds off his preliminary time. His 2:05.99 was good enough to put him in second. In the 200 fly, Kait Riesmeyer added another B-cut with a 2:06.43 time.

Freshman Carolyn Eckendorf placed fourth in the women’s 1-meter diving, while sophomores Richie Klimek and Karter Gagliardo placed third and fourth. Klimek scored a 370.10 in the finals; Eckendorf scored 353.40.
The 400 free relay finished the meet on an exciting note, with the women taking first with a B-cut time and the men taking second, passing Westminster’s relay team in the process.
Jenny Ryan led the women’s 400 relay with a 52.07 split – good enough to get her a B-cut for the 100 freestyle.

It was a crazy meet, filled with high-powered races and new records. Five pool records were broken, three new PAC records were set, and 31 B-cut times were recorded. If 2013’s championship meet will be remembered for anything, it won’t be for mediocrity.

Women:
1. Grove City College – 926
2. Westminster College – 775
3. Saint Vincent College – 539
4. Washington & Jefferson College – 400
5. Penn State Behrend – 198
6. Chatham University – 179
7. Bethany College – 173
8. Cabrini College – 138
9. Franciscan – 109
10. Penn State Altoona – 107
11. Univ of Pittsburgh at Bradford – 68

Men:
1. Westminster College – 741
2. Grove City College – 728
3. Penn State Behrend – 619
4. Washington & Jefferson College – 422
5. Saint Vincent College – 362
6. Univ of Pittsburgh at Bradford – 181
7. Cabrini College – 168
7. Penn State Altoona – 139
9. Bethany College – 34

See here for all meet B-cut times.

Dan Johnson is a Collegian Staff Writer.

2013 PAC/AMCC Championship B-cut Times

This year’s PAC/AMCC Championship (or, more formally, the James E. Longnecker Invitational) saw a large number of B-cut times, which are essentially provisional standards. Needless to say, taking a B-cut time is nothing small. Multiple swimmers were involved in more than one B-cut time, which is quite an accomplishment. These times from the entire meet are listed below, mostly in chronological order.

Thursday
W 200 Free Relay Grove City 1:35.61
W 200 Individual Medley Jenny Ryan (Grove City) 2:07.17
W 50 Free Angela Palumbo (Grove City) 23.72 (in prelims)
W 400 Medley Relay Grove City 3:53.22 *broken in Friday’s time trial
Friday
W 200 Medley Relay Grove City 1:46.13 *Pool Record
M 200 Medley Relay PS Behrend 1:32.48
Westminster 1:33.08
W 400 Individual Medley Jenny Ryan (Grove City) 4:33.74
W 100 Butterfly Kait Riesmeyer (Grove City) 56.91
Alyssa Taylor (Saint Vincent) 57.71
W 200 Free Angela Palumbo (Grove City) 1:52.29 *PAC Record, Pool Record
M 100 Breaststroke Matthew Bourle (Westminster) 56.40 *PAC Record, Pool Record
Louis Gabriele (Grove City) 57.56
W 100 Backstroke Lauren Cassano (Grove City) 58.36
M 100 Backstroke Steven Brooks (Westminster) 50.47
Dan Simon (PS Behrend) 50.78 *AMCC Record
Clay Altemose (PS Behrend) 51.32
W 800 Free Relay Grove City 7:43.83
W 200 Free Relay St. Vincent 1:36.37 (in a time trial)
W 400 Medley Relay Grove City 3:51.43 (in a time trial)
Saturday
W 1650 Free Megan Bilko (Grove City) 17:20.59 *PAC Record, Pool Record
W 200 Backstroke Lauren Cassano (Grove City) 2:06.44
M 200 Backstroke Steven Brooks (Westminster) 1:52.43
W 100 Free Angela Palumbo (Grove City) 51.53 (in prelims)
Jenny Ryan (Grove City) 52.07 (leading 400 relay)
M 100 Free Eric Fairchild (Grove City) 45.85
M 200 Breast Matthew Baurle (Westminster) 2:02.75 (in prelims) *Pool Record
Louis Gabriele (Grove City) 2:05.99
W 200 Butterfly Kait Riesmeyer (Grove City) 2:06.43
Amanda Marlow (Westminster) 2:06.72 (in prelims)
Alyssa Taylor (Saint Vincent) 2:07.76
W 400 Free Relay Grove City 3:30.06

PAC Championship 2013: Day Two

As the second full day of swimming came to a close, the men of Grove City and Westminster continued to duke it out for the top spot, while the Grove City women built on a commanding lead (see scores below).
A note up front: there was quite a number B-cut (read: “provisional standard”) times tonight. In fact, there were so many (16), each one is recorded below.

The men’s competition stayed close. Grove City kept close behind Westminster (though dropping another 5 points), not by winning tons of events – in fact, the Grove City men only won one event tonight – but by having multiple swimmers place high in a number of events. The best example is the 200 freestyle, in which Grove City swimmers took third, fifth, sixth, and eighth (seniors Eric Fairchild and Ian Smyth, junior E.J. Leuschner and sophomore Caleb McKusick respectively).

The most interesting development concerning the tight race was a scratch of Westminster’s sole male diver, Josh Mackin, late Thursday night. If he had been able to participate and not fail two dives in the 3-meter diving, Westminster would be able to earn 13 points tomorrow. Whether by injury, illness, or happenstance, Westminster decided to not have Mackin compete. In a meet as close as this one, those 13 points could be end up being the difference between first and second place.

A relay event finishes each finals session during this invitational, and two of the three days, a relay is the first evening event. Friday’s book-ending relay events were the 200 medley and the 800 free relays.
The 200 medley team of sophomore Lauren Cassano, junior Kaley Hess and seniors Kait Riesmeyer and Angela Palumbo came in first with a B-cut time and pool record of 1:46.13.
The women’s 800 free relay won easily with a time of 7:43.83, but did not improve on their season-best 7:32.41. The real place the women made an improvement in their case for qualifying nationally was in the 400 medley relay time trial. The 3:51.43 time the women put up should qualify them for nationals.

The other events of the night were the 400 individual medley (IM), 100 butterfly, 200 free, 100 breaststroke and 100 back.
Seniors Jenny Ryan, Kait Riesmeyer, and Angela Palumbo had already put up B-cut times in their respective events earlier in the year, and did not fail to do so tonight. Ryan won the 400 IM with a time of 4:33.74. Sophomores Keegan Reed and Emma Rudolf placed third and fourth.

Riesmeyer took the 100 fly in a B-cut 56.91, and Palumbo swam the 200 free in 1:52.29 – a new pool and PAC meet record. Lauren Cassano swam a B-cut time of 58.36 in the 100 backstroke, and Kaley Hess gave Grove City another victory in the 100 breaststroke.

Additionally, the women’s 1-meter and men’s 3-meter diving preliminaries began today. Three Grove City divers – freshman Carolyn Eckendorf and sophomores Richie Klimek and Karter Gagliardo – will compete for spots in the finals tomorrow afternoon. Eckendorf sits in sixth place, while the men are in third (Klimek) and fourth (Gagliardo).

Women:
1. Grove City College – 588
2. Westminster College – 504
3. Saint Vincent College – 397
4. Washington & Jefferson College – 258
5. Penn State Behrend – 137
6. Chatham University – 125
7. Bethany College – 120
8. Cabrini College – 103
9. Franciscan – 84
10. Penn State Altoona – 83
11. Univ of Pittsburgh at Bradford – 46

Men:
1. Westminster College – 481
2. Grove City College – 471
3. Penn State Behrend – 415
4. Washington & Jefferson College – 294
5. Saint Vincent College – 253
6. Univ of Pittsburgh at Bradford – 133
7. Cabrini College – 127
7. Penn State Altoona – 114
9. Bethany College – 14

B-cut Times:
W 200 Medley Relay Grove City 1:46.13 *Pool Record
M 200 Medley Relay PS Behrend 1:32.48
Westminster 1:33.08
W 400 Individual Medley Jenny Ryan (Grove City) 4:33.74
W 100 Butterfly Kait Riesmeyer (Grove City) 56.91
Alyssa Taylor (Saint Vincent) 57.71
W 200 Free Angela Palumbo (Grove City) 1:52.29 *PAC Record, Pool Record
M 100 Breaststroke Matthew Bourle (Westminster) 56.40 *PAC Record, Pool Record
Louis Gabriele (Grove City) 57.56
W 100 Backstroke Lauren Cassano (Grove City) 58.36
M 100 Backstroke Steven Brooks (Westminster) 50.47
Dan Simon (PS Behrend) 50.78 *AMCC Record
Clay Altemose (PS Behrend) 51.32
W 800 Free Relay Grove City 7:43.83
W 200 Free Relay St. Vincent 1:36.37 (in a time trial)
W 400 Medley Relay Grove City 3:51.43 (in a time trial)

Dan Johnson is a Collegian Staff Writer.