Cornell Posts 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 Finish in Men’s 400 IM On Day 2 Of Zippy Invite

by Spencer Penland 3

December 08th, 2019 College, News, Previews & Recaps




  1. Akron, University of 1485
  2. Oakland University 1244
  3.  Cornell University 1044.5
  4. University of Cincinnati 920
  5.  St. Bonaventure University 517
  6. Clarion 379
  7. Bloomsburg University 364.5
  8. Malone University 37


  1.  Cornell University 1783
  2. Oakland University 1223.5
  3. University of Cincinnati 963.5
  4. Bloomsburg University 601
  5.  St. Bonaventure University 543
  6. Clarion 349
  7. Malone University 5

The action continued in Akron yesterday, as host Akron and Cornell solidified their leads in the women’s and men’s team battles respectively. More meet records fell on the 2nd day of comptition as well. Akron got the ball rolling with a relay win again on day 2. Lauren Cooper (25.60), Andrea Fischer (27.33), Sarah Watson (23.76), and Morgan Waggoner (22.81) combined for a season best 1:39.50. Of note, Akron’s B relay of Weronika Gorecka (25.74), Paula Garcia (27.87), Paulina Nogaj (23.72), and Rachel Schiffli (22.70) swam a 1:40.03 for 2nd place.

Much like the first day of compeition, members of Akron’s relays went on to win individual events. Paulina Nogaj clocked  a 52.45 to win the women’s 100 fly, with Sarah Watson coming in 2nd in 53.53. Nogaj was just off her own meet record of 52.32. Nogaj also won the next women’s event, the 200 free, finishing in 1:47.79 to touch the wall first by nearly 2 seconds. Andrea Fischer went on to win the women’s 100 breast, clearing the field with a 1:01.21.

Akron didn’t pick up the win in the women’s 100 back, where Oakland’s Grace Shinske blew away the field with a 53.46. The time was a huge season best for Shinske, who now leads the Horizon League in the event. Cincinnati picked up the win in the women’s 800 free relay, finishing in 7:21.43. Rocky Laabs swam the 3rd leg of the relay, posting the fastest split in the field – 1:48.26.

Cornell’s Paige Dacosta continued to leave his mark on the meet, winning both the men’s 400 IM and 100 back. In the IM, Dacosta was dominant, leading a 1-2-3-4-5-6-7 charge by Cornell. Dacosta roared to a new meet record of 3:48.44, getting his hand on the wall first by 5 seconds. The next 6 in were all Cornell teammates, with Ricardo Martinez (3:53.59), Owen Downs (3:54.99), Ryan Pirrung (3:56.15), Jack Valiquette (3:57.63), Jacob Bass (3:59.90), and Jake Lawson (4:00.09) coming in next.  Dacosta then won the 100 back, clocking a 47.21 to set another meet record.

Oakland got in on the record-breaking when their men’s 800 free relay came in 5 seconds under their own meet record. Marko Khotynetskyi led off in 1:37.91, and was followed by Ben Davis (1:40.75), Mack Flowers (1:38.90), and Rudy Aguilar (1:37.07), finishing in 6:34.63. Oakland could have been even faster, as Danylo Hrebelnyi led off the B relay in 1:39.42. In addition to Oakland, Cornell (6:36.21) and Cincy (6:36.33) came in under the previous meet record.

Rudy Aguilar broke the meet record in the 200 free, winning the event with a 1:37.28. He led the field by over two seconds.

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Look at the world record line
4 years ago


4 years ago

Must be a fun training group!

4 years ago

Paige daCosta also rebroke the 200 free record leading off the 800 free relay with a 1:35.6