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Men’s And Women’s Swimming And Diving Defeat Alfred In Home Opener

Oct. 26-BETHANY, W.Va.- The Bethany College men’s and women’s swim team defeated Alfred in its home-opener on Saturday at the John J. Knight Natatorium.

The Bethany women defeated Alfred, 73-53, to remained undefeated at 4-0 on the season, while the men won their second straight meet of the season, a 78-63 victory over Alfred.

The women’s swimming and diving team won a lot of events in the meet, and the men won every event they had a swimmer entered, which was every event except the 200 backstroke.

Freshmen Danny Faix (Pittsburgh, Pa./Brentwood ) had a very impressive meet for the Bison, as he won three individual events in the meet; the 1650 free (20:02.80), 200 fly (2:38.57) and the 500 free (5:34.69).

Freshmen Tyler Alberti (Woodbury, N.J./Woodbury), Jake Collas (South Park, Pa./South Park ), Jeremy Starr (Warren, Ohio/Warren G. Harding ) and Craig Starks (Milwaukee, Wisc./Rufus King International) all had solid swims for Bethany, as they each won one individual event and were part of the 400 medley relay (4:07.56) and the 400 free relay (3:36.67) that finished in first place.

Alberti won the 200 free (1:56.74),Collas took the 400 IM (5:00.14), Starr, the 100 free (53.63) and Starks finished first in the 50 free (24.57).

On the women’s side, junior Marina Baker (Winchester, Va./Sherando) and freshman Christine Pray (Canton, Mich./Canton) each recorded wins in two individual events. Pray won the longest event of the meet, the 1650 free (19:22.55) and showed she was a well rounded swimmer by winning the 400 IM (5:28.54). Baker won the 200 free (1:56.74) and the 200 breast (2:43.60).

"The team really stepped it up this weekend. It is not any easy task to do an evening meet followed by and early morning meet the next day,” commented head coach David Dow.

“We showed up to race both days, and really put up some good times for this point in the season. We're excited to carry this momentum forward with us throughout the rest of the fall semester."

Bethany’s next meet will be on Friday, November 2, when it faces Westminster at 1:00 p.m.