The Gannon women’s swim team made school history Sunday evening with a third-place finish out of 12 teams at the 2013 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships hosted by Indiana (Pa.) at Cumberland Valley High School. It represented the best conference finish in the history of the Gannon women’s swimming program.
West Chester easily won the team championship with 800 points. The Golden Rams out-swam second-place Clarion (442.5) by 357.5 points. Gannon (367), Indiana (Pa.) (350) and Edinboro (318) completed the top five.
Seven more NCAA “B” cut times were recorded by the Gannon women’s team during the final day of action. Kelsey Williams (Danville, Pa./Danville Area) was the first to post an NCAA “B” cut time during the 200-yard backstroke. The sophomore met the national standards during both the prelims (2:04.52) and the finals (2:03.77) while capturing a bronze medal.
Morgan Lydic (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio/Cuyahoga Falls) and Katie Joseph (McDonald, Ohio/McDonald) recorded NCAA “B” cut times during both the prelims and finals of the 100-yard freestyle. Lydic finished fifth with 52.49 and 52.23 times. Joseph placed seventh with 52.50 and 52.52 showings.
Gannon brought the four-day championships to a close with a bang as the 400-yard freestyle relay team met NCAA “B” cut standards with a bronze medal during the final event of the weekend. The foursome of Michelle Fischl (Greensburg, Pa./Greensburg Salem), Shanen Lazenby (Erie, Pa./McDowell), Joseph and Lydic finished third with a time of three minutes and 28.67 seconds.
In all, both Gannon swim teams broke nine school records and recorded 29 NCAA “B” cut times during the four-day PSAC championships. Swimmers with NCAA “B” cut times will now await word on possible invitations to the NCAA Division II National Championships scheduled for March 6-10 in Birmingham, Alabama.