2022 Zippy Invite: Akron Women and Penn Men Sweep Opening Relays (Day 1 Recap)

2022 ZIPPY INVITE

Teams:

  • Akron
  • Buffalo
  • Clarion
  • Cornell
  • Keiser
  • Oakland
  • Penn

Akron’s annual Zippy Invitational commenced tonight with a short relay session, featuring the 200 medley relay and 800 freestyle relay.

Akron swept the relays of the night on the women’s side, while Penn swept the relays on the men’s side of the meet. Akron’s quartet of Madelyn Gatrall (24.42), Andrea Fischer (27.67), Weronika Gorecka (23.59), and Abby Daniel (22.14) combined to win the 200 medley with a time of 1:37.82.

Buffalo’s team of Mia Naccarella (25.60), Katie Pollock (27.42), Nicole Aguilar (24.62), and Toni Naccarella (21.97) took second in 1:39.61. T. Naccarella’s 50 free split was the fastest of the event, and their swim marked the 5th fastest in program history.

Penn’s relay of Jack Hamilton (22.12), Matthew Fallon (23.59), Alex Fu (21.37), and Benjamin Feldman (19.30) took first in a final time of 1:26.38. Oakland’s team of Marko Khotynetskyi (21.79), Christian Bart (23.92), Sofus Balladone (21.16), and Samuel McKenzie (19.85) was close behind with a 1:26.72.

Clarion’s team of Connor Cary (22.74), Paul Flowers (26.27), David Bocci (21.80), and Austin Prokopec (20.55) combined for a new program record of 1:31.36. They took just under a second off the old mark set in 2016.

Other notable splits include Andrew Dai splitting the quickest 50 fly split of the field at 21.02, and Keiser’s Alberto Garcia taking the second-fastest 50 backstroke split with a 21.99.

Akron’s team of Gorecka (1:48.45), Gatrall (1:47.35), Daniel (1:50.12), and Astrid Halvorsen (1:49.75) beat out Penn’s team by just under a second, stopping the clock at 7:15.67.

Gorecka’s lead-off split was a personal best by over two seconds, and marked her first time breaking the 1:50.0 barrier. Anna Moehn also led off Penn’s team in a new personal best of 1:48.85, while Akron’s Gail Workman led off their B team with a personal best of 1:51.17.

In the men’s race, Penn’s team of Samuel Donchi (1:37.97), Fallon (1:35.56), Kevin Keil (1:38.08), and Daniel Gallagher (1:36.63) combined for a time of 6:28.24. Fallon’s split was the fastest of the field.

Donchi’s lead-off was a personal best by two seconds, while teammate Dai led off the B relay with a personal best of 1:39.07, marking his first time under the 1:40.0 mark.

TEAM STANDINGS THROUGH NIGHT ONE:

Men:

  1. Penn – 234
  2. Oakland – 206
  3. Cornell – 199
  4. Keiser – 189
  5. Clarion – 148

Women:

  1. Akron – 230
  2. Buffalo – 196
  3. Penn – 186
  4. Oakland – 178
  5. Cornell – 170
  6. Keiser – 140
  7. Clarion – 108

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Queens
2 months ago

Susan Lagrand had a massive 1:53.3 200 back time trial as well

Brian
2 months ago

Some really impressive swims-Akron has so much depth! I am looking forward to seeing what Matt Fallon is going throw down in the BR this weekend.