Kost and Simmons’s Tie Highlights Close Races on first day of PAC Championships

Photo Courtesy: Presidents' Athletics Conference

By Emma Foster, Swimming World College Intern 

The President’s Athletic Conference kicked off its first day of swimming prelims today with some close swims that will make for an exciting finals session tonight.

One of the closest races resulted with a tie, in the men’s 200 IM. Nick Kost and Luke Simmons will go into finals tied for first, both touching the wall in 1:57.52. Xander Emili follows close behind in 1:58.26.

In the women’s 200 freestyle relay, Saint Vincent College’s team maintained their first place seed with the team of Maddie Bartrug (24.40) Cassaundra Trudel (25.07) Marissa Frollo (23.96) and Ciara Lewis (24.12) with a time of 1:37.55. Washington and Jefferson College moved up to second from their fifth place seed with a time of 1:39.64, while Grove City College was third in 1:41.72.

Saint Vincent College also took the 200 freestyle relay on the men’s side with the team of Alex Bolen (21.71) Xander Emili (21.68) Matt Tashima (21.77) and Jacob Davis (21.47) with a time of 1:26.63. Westminster College was a close second in 1:27.09, while Washington and Jefferson College was third in 1:27.23.

Megan Biko put herself into a good spot in the 500 free with a time of 5:04.50, over two seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Maddie Bartrug was second in 5:06.72 while Megan Smith was third in 5:12.04.

Mitch Stahara just out touched Cheyne Stresky kept his first place seed in the 500 free with a time of 4:40.06 over Stresky’s 4:40.55. Alex Bolen followed them in 4:45.30.

Kelly Kramer moved up to first seed in the women’s 200 IM with a solid swim of 2:12.34, dropping nearly 2 seconds. Gwen Lowry was a close second in 2:12.69, while Megan Crutcher was third in 2:13.96.

In the splash and dash event of the 50 freestyle, Marissa Frollo moved up to the first seed with a time of 23.96. Molly Gallant was just behind her with a swim of 24.08, while Megan Douds was third in 24.68.

On the men’s side, Jordan Delhi just out touched Michael Spencer with a 21.14 to Spencer’s 21.19. Nicholas Willison was third in 21.52.

For the final event of the morning, Saint Vincent College’s women reasserted their dominance with a top seed in the 400 medley relay. The team of Kramer (1:00.49), Grace Reynolds (1:08.26), Katherine Guevara (59.90) and Katelyn Miller (55.95) put together a swim of 4:04.60. Grove City College was second with a time of 4:08.59, while Westminster College was third in 4:11.81.

For the men, Westminster College ran away with the event with more than a ten second lead over the second placed team. The team of Austin Karper (52.10) Matthew Baurle (55.10) Brad Kolesar (50.91) and Mitch Stahara (46.25) posted a time of 3:24.36. Washington and Jefferson College were second in 3:35.98, while Grove City College were third in 3:36.69.

Finals will take off at 6 tonight. Meet results can be found at Meet Mobile.