Jan. 11 – BETHANY, W. Va. – The Bethany College men’s and women’s swimming & diving programs each notched victories on Saturday afternoon. The men defeated WVU Tech 131-129, while the women’s program earned wins over Franciscan (150-119) and WVU Tech (191-34).
The women’s team took two victories on the day, capturing impressive wins over the Lady Barons and Golden Bears. Over the course of the day, the Bison saw yet another school record fall. Freshman Christine Pray (Canton, Mich./Canton) broke her second record of the season, as she bested the school-mark in the 1650. Previously held by Brenda Maxwell in 2008 (19:07.43), Pray broke the record, placing first in the meet with a time of 19:01.89.
Along with the record, Pray also finished first in the 200 butterfly (2:36.58) and finished second in the 400 individual medley (5:11.64).
Joining Pray as big winners on the day were Alexi Pyles (Los Angeles, Calif./Granada Hills Charter) and Marina Baker (Winchester, Va./Sherando). Pyles took first place in the 100 butterfly (1:03.82), the 100 backstroke (1:05.77) and was a member of the 400 yard relay team that captured first (4:28.16).
Baker was also on the relay team and also notched three individual victories on the day. She touched first in the 100 yard (1:16.87) and 200 yard (2:39.74) breaststrokes, as well as the 400 individual medley, finishing with a time of 5:07.34.
Also swimming legs on the 400 yard relay team were Leah Widmeyer (Summit Point, W. Va./Washington) and Taylor Jacobs (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion). Jacobs also took home an individual win, touching first in the 500 freestyle (5:52.80).
On the men’s side, the Bison won their sixth meet of the season, taking down the Golden Bears with a 131-129 decision. Brandon Martell (Sharon, Pa./Sharon) led the way for Bethany, winning both the three-meter and the one-meter diving events. Martell took the one meter with a total score of 165.95, and finished first in the three meter with a 173.15.
Danny Faix (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brentwood) notched a first place finish in the 1650 freestyle (19:59.88), while Jake Collas finished second in both the 200 yard backstroke (2:19.56) and the 400 yard individual medley (4:58.13).
Other notable finishes included Grant Ashcraft’s (Penns Grove, N.J./Woodstown) second-place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:01.61), as well as Cody Hussey’s second-place finishes in both the 50 freestyle (23.20) and the 100 freestyle (54.22).
The Bison will be back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 15, when they host a dual meet with Frostburg State University. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the John J. Knight Natatorium.