Gysegem, Nelson and Schaffer highlight Golden Eagle swimming and diving’s PSAC Championships

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]This past week the Clarion Golden Eagles men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams participated in the PSAC Championships in York, Pa.
On the first day of competition the men’s 200 medley relay of freshmen Ben Spencer and Luke Simpson along with seniors Derek Nelson and Royce Tipper finished fourth with a time of 1.34.79.
For the women, junior Emilee Gysegem finished fourth in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2.05.73.
The women’s relay team of Gysegem, sophomores Gabriella Schaffer and Emily Ondrizek and  junior Kelsey Slayton also had a strong showing coming in third place recording a 1.45.30.
On the second day the men’s 400 medley team of Spencer, Nelson, Tipper and junior James Robichaud finished fourth  with a 3.26.76.
In the women’s 400 individual medley, Gysegem finished second and put up a 4.27.69.
Schaffer placed sixth in the 100 butterfly recording a time of 57.25.
The women’s 400 medley team of Schaffer, Gysegem, Slayton and junior Anna McNurlen also finished fourth with a time of 3.50.74.
On the third day for the men, Nelson set a new Clarion University record while finishing second in the 100 breaststroke with the time of 55.44, beating the previous record which he owned by over a second.
Head Coach Mark VanDyke was pleased with Nelson’s swim.“Great performance unfortunately started feeling sick afterwards.”
Robichaud placed third in the 200 butterfly with a 1.52.17.
For the women, Schaffer won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.90.
VanDyke was equally pleased with Schaffer’s performance.“She had a great meet, just missed the school record in the 100 breaststroke.”
On the final day, Nelson finished fourth  in the 200 breaststroke by the time of 2.04.10.
The men’s free relay team of Robichaud, Simpson, Tipper and senior Scott Harvey placed sixth  with the time of 3.10.63.
The women ended the competition with Schaffer placing second in the 200 breaststroke recording a time of 2.02.50.
The men placed sixth out of seven and the women finished eighth  of 13 teams in the PSAC Championships.
VanDyke said “We had good swims all season just didn’t have the bodies we have had in past years.”
Gysegem finished out the event for Clarion in being awarded the PSAC Scholar Award.
Clarion has swept this award in its three years of existence.
Gysegem joins former teammate Kayla Shull as the only two swimmers to be given the award.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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