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Swimming places 3rd, 6th at Panther Invitational

February 2, 2018

The Fighting Scots finished strong at Principia College for the last meet before the Midwest Conference competition. At the Panther Invitational, the men placed third and the women placed sixth.

Starting off the meet was a third-place finish for the 200 medley relay from Preston Bocchi, Logan Hoepfner, Riley Hess, and Tom Cangelosi. The quartet finished the event with a time of 1:41.17. Relays remained strong for the men as Bocchi, Jake Hall, Rik Doornenbal, and Hoepfner took second in the 400 freestyle relay, clocking in at 3:25.86.

The men continued their strong start with several top five finishers in various events. Cangelosi finished at 1:04.29 in the 100 breaststroke and Hoepfner took fifth in the same event, coming in at 1:06.75. Hall was able to take third in the 200 backstroke, and for the 100 freestyle, Hess took fourth at 52.57. In a distance event, freshman Dylan Chiaro touched second in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 18:57.63, with Doorenbal coming in a second later at 18:58.20.

Along with the victories of the men’s team, freshman Bocchi was also able to achieve several personal bests. Bocchi came in first in the 200 backstroke, finishing at 2:01.09, which was 12 seconds before the second place finisher. Along with this, he also was able to place second and break a personal record in the 100 backstroke, coming in at 54.69. While Bocchi was proud of this time, he expressed, “I have higher hopes for conference, and definitely have a certain time I hope to beat.”

For the women, sophomore Morgan Abraham contributed to the Scots’ success with a third-place finish in the 1650 freestyle, finishing with a 21:43.54 time. Abraham also placed sixth in the 500 freestyle. For the women’s 100 freestyle, freshman Miranda Pasky finished fourth, coming in with a time of 1:16.18.

Four Fighting Scots closed out the meet with a sixth-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay. Emily Mathews, Kaila Heitter, Brittany Lira, and Pasky worked to clock a time of 4:09.60.

Coming up next for the Scots will be the Midwest Conference Championships on Feb. 16-18 in Grinnell, Iowa.

Kaelin Sommer
News Editor

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