Golden Eagle swimming and diving have strong showing at Spire Open

The Clarion Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving team competed in the Spire Open this past weekend in Geneva, Ohio.

There were three teams there for both men’s and women’s.

The men’s team finished third of three, and the women’s team ended up second of three.

Clarion senior Emilee Gysegem and junior Gabby Schaffer were multiple winners for the Golden Eagle Women’s Swimming team, Gysegem won two events, and finished second in two events in individual competition.

She won the 200 Individual Medley (2:09.91) and the 400 Individual Medley (4:39.40).

She was also second in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:09.51) and second in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:29.33).

Schaffer  won both  her events, taking first in the 100-meter backstroke (59.23) and the 200-meter back (2:09.35.)

She also placed fourth in the 100-meter butterfly (1:01.93).

On the men’s side, sophomore Ben Spencer was the team leader placing third in the 200-meter backstroke with a time of 2:03.93, and also was fifth in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:04.32. swimming online

Also, scoring for the Golden Eagles was sophomore Jon Haycock and senior James Robichaud.

Haycock was fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:02.66) and fifth in the 200- meter breaststroke (2:22.31), while Robichaud was fourth in the 400 IM (4:28.50) and sixth in the 200 IM (2:02.80).

Head coach Mark Vandyke spoke well of his team’s performance at the meet.

“Both teams did well. We are a work in progress. Hopefully we will get better each week,” said Vandyke.

As to players we should look out for as the season progresses Vandyke had this to say, “Kristin Day, returning as the NCAA Female diver of the year, Collin Vest, returning NCAA 1-meter champion, Gabby Schaffer, returning All-American in the backstroke as well as captains Emilee Gysegem and Kelsey Slayton on the women’s side and James Robichaud and Nick Larmon on the men’s side.”

Clarion swimmers will be back in action on Nov. 1 at Carnegie Mellon, and the diving team will have a meet on Oct. 24 against West Florida at 5 p.m. at Tippin Natatorium.

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