Swim team strives to improve

By: Spencer Paterick ’21, staff writer

The Lebanon Valley College men and women’s swim teams look to improve in its upcoming meets. 

 After five meets so far this year, the men’s swim team currently sits with one win, while the women’s team has a record of 1-5.  

The last meet was on Saturday, Dec. 1 against Stevenson University. The won 86-76, and the women lost with a score of 85-113. The women’s lone win came against Wilkes University with a score of 131.50-67.50 

Erika Schell, a sophomore swimmer, was named the MAC women’s swimmer of the week after a stellar performance against Elizabethtown. Schell won two individual races against the blue jays. She won the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 29.30, and also the 50-meter butterfly with a time of 32.48. She was then part of the 200-meter freestyle relay team that won with a time of 2:01.03. 

 So far this season, the Dutchmen have had multiple swimmers who qualified for the MAC championship, which will take place in February 2019.

 Both sophomore Courtney Betsock and sophomore Erika Schell qualified for MACs during a meet at Wilkes university on Nov. 3. Betsock had a time of 2:26.40 in the 200-meter individual medley and Schell had a time of 1:05.34 in the 100-meter butterfly. 

 Junior Sarah Wolfe qualified for a spot in MAC’s in the 1650-meter freestyle event. Sophomore, Kaitlyn Welch, and freshman, Sofia Pascuzzo both qualified for MAC’s in the 50-meter freestyle. Sophomore Nicole Flohr earned herself a spot at MACs with a time of 1:07.99 in the 100-meter freestyle.  

 D’Anna Sydow, junior, also qualified for MACs with a time of 1:15.71 in the 100-meter backstroke. Sophomore, Alexis Morace, and freshman, Cayla Sydow, both qualified for MACs in the 100-meter butterfly and Jillian Frenick, freshman, qualified in the 100-meter backstroke. 

Both the men and women’s teams will be back in action against FDU Florham in Annville on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m.