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Men’s And Women’s Swimming And Diving Both Win At Defiance

Nov, 9- DEFIANCE, Ohio- The Bethany College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both recorded wins at Defiance on Saturday afternoon.

The Bison men won 102-84 for their second road victory of the season while the Bison women won 99-67, which was their fourth road win.

The men were led by freshman Jeremy Starr (Warren, Ohio/Warren G. Harding ) who took first place in three events on the afternoon.

Starr took first place in the 50 free (24.15) and anchored the 1st place 200 medley relay (1:49.88) while also swimming the third leg of the 200 free relay (1:38.03).

The 200 medley relay was also comprised of freshmen Grant Ashcraft (Penns Grove, N.J./Woodstown), Jake Collas (South Park, Pa./South Park ) and Craig Starks (Milwaukee, Wisc./Rufus King International)  and the 200 free relay was comprised of freshmen Tyler Alberti (Woodbury, N.J./Woodbury), Kelly Faralla (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville Broadview Heights ) and Starks.

Starks finished second in the 50 free (24.45) to complete the one-two finish for the Bison while Ashcraft showed great form in the 100 back (1:05.37) on his way to a second place finish.

Faix won the longest event of the meet, the 1,000 free (11:55.85) and Collas put forth a great effort in the 100 back, finishing in first with a 1:03.6.

Sophomore Brandon Martell (Sharon, Pa./Sharon) remained undefeated in diving events this year with a first place finish in the one meter (164.80) and three meter (135.60) events.

The Bethany women’s swimming and diving team continued their hot start to the season, capturing eight events on route to the overall victory.

The Bison women were led by sophomores Taylor Jacobs (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion) and Alexi Pyles (Los Angeles, Calif./GHCHS) who both claimed first place in two events.

Jacobs swept both distance events, the 500 (6:02.10) and the 1,000 (12:20.67) free and swam the second leg of the 200 free relay (1:54.88).

The 200 free relay was also comprised of Pyles, sophomore Haley Ekaitis (Pittsburgh, Pa./McKeesport) and freshman Leah Widmeyer (Summit Point, W.Va./Washington )

Pyles took home first place in the 100 back (1:06.02) and the 200 IM (2:23.91) and freshman Christine Pray (Canton, Mich./Canton) won the 200 free (2:08.46) and the 100 fly (1:09.03).

Junior Marina Baker (Winchester, Va./Sherando) put forth two great performances en route to first place in the 50 free (26,14) and finished with the best time in the 100 breast (1:14.09).

Senior Kayla Spinelli (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) put forth an impressive array of dives as she took first place in the one meter diving event (105.50).

Bethany returns to the pool next Saturday when it travels to Gallaudet with action scheduled to get underway at 2:00 p.m.