Schaffer lone winner as Clarion swimming and diving travels to Pitt Invitational

The Clarion University swimming and diving teams jumped into the pools at the University of Pittsburgh this past weekend.

The men’s team lost both meets, losing to Pittsburgh 240-40, and to Carnegie Mellon 223-58.

Clarion’s closest individual to a first place spot was sophomore Collin Vest who finished third in the men’s one-meter diving event.

The Clarion men’s team falls to 1-6 with the loss.

Clarion will host its own invitational Feb. 7, in Tippin Natatorium, and a dive (only) meet on Feb. 8 in Youngstown.

“The main goal of that meet was for people who hadn’t made their conference cuts for PSAC’s to get their cuts finally,” said sophomore swimmer Jon Haycock.

Sophomore swimmer Matt Bair made his cut by 0.8 seconds in the 53-meter.

The next step for is to “rest,” according to Haycock. He continued, “Right now we spent all our season training so now were going to be slowing down our training doing a little less letting our muscles recover. Then we’ll be shaving down.”

The women’s swimming and diving team went 1-3 at the Pittsburgh Invitational.swimming-online

The team defeated California University (Pennsylvania) 165-98.

Clarion dropped to host Pittsburgh 233- 60, Carnegie Mellon 185-105, and Duquesne 199-87.

Gabby Schaffer won the 200-yard backstroke for the Clarion swimmers.

She finished with a time of 2:06:01.

The best diver for the Clarion women was Kristin Day who finished second in the 3-meter diving event.

The PSAC Championships for the swimming team starts on the Feb. 19 in York, Pennsylvania, and the NCAA Championships are going to be in Indianapolis starting March 12.

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