West Chester Sweeps PSAC Crowns for 13th-Straight Year

by SwimSwam 0

February 24th, 2019 College, NCAA Division II, News

Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference (PSAC) – Men and Women

YORK, Pa. — West Chester earned its 21st 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 858 points after taking home 16 of the 19 events. Bloomsburg won the 200-yard and 400-yard free relays and both the 100-yard fly and breast races to score 699 points for the runner-up position. Gannon rounded out the top three with a score of 434 points.

Most Outstanding Swimmer went to WCU’s Dylan North, who claimed four individual victories this week. The junior repeated as champion in all of his individual events, including the 400 IM, 500 free, 1000 free, and 1650 free. North was the anchor in the winning 800-yard relay team as well.

The veteran swimmer swam the 400 IM in 3:56.11, the 500 free in 4:32.69, 1000 free in 9:20.62, and 1650 free in 15:49.26.

Women:

West Chester claimed the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming Championship for the 13th consecutive year after action concluded Saturday evening at the Graham Aquatic Center.

WCU sat atop the field with 1,913 points. IUP was second with 1,175 points while Bloomsburg finished third with 1078. The Golden Rams captured 16 of the 19 total races while Shippensburg’s Gabriella Johnson took home both the 100 and 200-yard breast events and Edinboro’s Katelyn Kopacko won the 50 free.

WCU’s Georgia Wright garnered the women’s Most Outstanding Swimmer laurel for the third consecutive year. The junior remains the reigning champion in all four of her individual events, including the 200 back, 500 free, 1000 free, and 1650 free. Wright swam the first leg in the winning 800 relay team.

The England native earned her third conference title in the 1650 free, falling less than a second short of an NCAA automatic time at 16:38.32. Wright completed the 1000 free in 10:00.72, the 500 free in 4:54.15, and the 200 back in 2:01.84.

The NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving National Championships will take place March 13 – 16 in Indianapolis, In.

West Chester women – courtesy PSAC

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