West Chester Men & Women Continue Reign By Winning PSAC Titles

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February 23rd, 2020 College, NCAA Division II

PENNSYLVANIA STATE ATHLETICS CONFERENCE (PSAC) – MEN AND WOMEN

  • Dates: Wednesday-Saturday, February 19-22nd
  • Location: Graham Aquatic Center, York, Pennsylvania
  • Defending Champions: West Chester men (21x); West Chester women (13x)
  • CHAMPIONSHIP HUB
  • FINAL RESULTS

Courtesy: Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference

MEN

YORK, Pa. — West Chester earned its 22nd consecutive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Men’s Swimming Championship while action concluded Saturday evening at the Graham Aquatic Center.

The Golden Rams landed in first with 830 points. Bloomsburg earned a score of 691 points for the runner-up position. Gannon rounded out the top three with a score of 514 points.

Most Outstanding Swimmer went to Gannon’s Brett Benedict, who claimed four individual victories this week. Benedict was relentless in his hunt for record breaking swim times. His win in the 100 back with a time of 48.01 marks a new PSAC Record, PSAC Championship Record and  program record.

Benedict broke his own PSAC and program record in the 100 fly to earn the PSAC title. He earned gold in the 50 free with a time of 20.07 and anchoring the 800 free relay to a program record.

On the final day of competition, Benedict added another gold medal to his arsenal with a win in the 100 free with a time of 44.72.

The NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving National Championships will take place March 11-14 in Geneva, Ohio.

WOMEN

YORK, Pa. — West Chester claimed the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming Championship for the 14th consecutive year after action concluded Saturday evening at the Graham Aquatic Center.

WCU sat atop the field with 1,714.50 points. IUP was second with 1,139.50 points while Bloomsburg finished third with 1027. The Golden Rams captured 14 of the 19 total races while IUP claimed the 200 Fly, 100 Fly, 800 medley relay, and the 200 individual medley.

WCU’s Georgia Wright earned PSAC titles in the 1000 free with a time of 9:50.54, a new conference meet record, the 400 IM in 4:22.45, the 500 free in 4:51.18 and the 1650 free with a final time of 16:23.71.

Edinboro’s Kately Kopacko snagged the 50 freestyle in 23.12.

IUP’s Paige Mikesell garnered the women’s Most Outstanding Swimmer. Mikesell earned PSAC titles in the 800 free relay,  200 yard IM with a time of 2:02.08, 100 yard butterfly in 54.09 and a record breaking 200 fly time of 1:59.22.

The NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving National Championships will take place March 11-14 in Geneva, Ohio.

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