The Clarion Golden Eagles’ swimming and diving teams kicked off their season in winning fashion this past Saturday, as the Golden Eagles cruised by the Grove City Wolverines 177.5-113.5 in Men’s action and 163-145 in the Women’s competition.
The meet, which took place at Clarion’s Waldo S. Tippin Natatorium, proved to be more than excellent for the Golden Eagles, as several of their athletes posted stellar performances.
Freshman Taylor Wesselhoft kicked off the event for the men by winning the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 17:30.10, and the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:03.19.
The wins made Wesselhoft a double winner for Clarion, but he was not the only Golden Eagle to hold such a title.
Junior Ian Lindsey was also a bi-victor, taking his specialties in the men’s 100 and 200-yard breaststroke with times of 1:00.35 and 2:17.61 respectively.
In addition, Nathan Porter took the men’s 200-yard freestyle (1:48.36) and 100-yard backstoke (56.55), while Robert Hacku and Patrick Oliver winning the 100-yard freestyle (49.81) and the 400-yard IM (4:40.39) respectively.
The team of Travis Myers, Chris Fenoglietto, Jon Haycock, and Luke Simpson also found victory in the men’s 200-yard Relay Medley by posting a time of 1:41.57 to snag Clarion the 11 points.
Junior Collin Vest finished the day in diving by earning two decisive victories in both the 1 and 3-meter contests, scoring 310.43 on the 1 meter and 339.90 on the 3 meter.
Gabriella Shaffer had a huge day for the Golden Eagles by winning three of her competitions, including her specialties in the women’s 100-yard backstroke (58.66), 200-yard backstroke (2:08.60), and the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.45).
Shaffer’s teammate Alexis Lopez shared her success in the pool, as she posted victories in the women’s 50-yard freestyle (25.72) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:11.14).
Lopez also came in second place in the 200-yard IM (2:18.47) to help the Clarion cause.
Much like their male counterparts, the women’s relay team had a huge day as well, winning their event in impressive fashion.
The team of Shaffer, Katie Gore, Emily Ondrizek, and Kelsey Burke secured the women’s 200-yard Relay Medley with a time of 1:53.71, adding 11 points to the Clarion total and pushing them to victory over Grove City.
Finally, Sarah Zerfoss took to the diving board and earned wins in both the 1-meter and 3-meter dives.
The junior posted scores of 280.58 and 278.663 points respectively to close off the day.
Clarion’s next meet will be Oct. 31 at Carnegie Mellon, while their diving invitational will be held Oct. 24 and 25.