Dec. 7 – BETHANY, W. Va. – Both halves of the Bethany College Swimming & Diving team picked up victories over Hiram College on Saturday, as the men (5-3) defeated the Terriers 120-99 and the women (8-1) walked away with a 120-104 victory.
The men’s team picked up their fifth victory of the season with a 120-99 win over Hiram, and has now posted back-to-back wins for the second time this season.
Individually, Jacob Collas (South Park, Pa./South Park) posted three wins on the day, including victories in the 200 yard individual medley (2:11.26) and the 100 yard breaststroke (1:03.68). He was also a member of the 200 yard medley relay team that took top honors (1:45.94). The foursome also included Grant Ashcraft (Penns Grove, N.J./Woodstown), Craig Starks (Milwaukee, Wisc./Rufus King International) and Jeremy Starr (Warren, Ohio/Warren G. Harding).
Brandon Martell (Sharon, Pa./Sharon) was also a multiple-winner on the day, taking both the one meter (153.05) and three meter (146.20) diving events.
Starks posted an individual victory by taking the 100 yard butterfly (56.06) and the team of Starr, Starks, Tyler Alberti (Woodbury, N.J./Woodbury) and Kelly Faralla (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) touched first in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:36.72.
On the women’s side, the Bison posted their fourth consecutive victory behind multiple individual wins from Marina Baker (Winchester, Va./Sherando), Christine Pray (Canton, Mich./Canton) and Alexi Pyles (Los Angeles, Calif./Granada Hills).
Baker took home top honors in all three individual events that she participated in and has now run her streak to 21 consecutive races without a loss. Baker captured the 100 (55.35) and 200 (2:02.55) yard freestyles, as well as the 100 yard breaststroke (1:12.76).
Pyles also took first in all three of her events, touching first in the 100 yard butterfly (1:03.53), the 100 yard backstroke (1:06.39) and the 200 yard individual medley (2:27.02).
Pray finished first in two of her three events, taking home top honors in the two longest events of the meet. She touched first in the 1,000 yard freestyle (11:33.83) and also finished first in the 500 yard freestyle (5:41.49).
On the women’s side, the Bison are now just one win away from matching last season’s win total with five meets remaining in the season.
When asked about his team’s performance today, head coach David Dow said, “The team has been working so hard all semester for opportunities like this, and they made sure they took advantage of it.
“Both the men and women stepped up in every event, as we had a ton of season and lifetime bests today. It was a great way to cap off the fall semester of competitions.”
The Bison have now completed the 2013 portion of their schedule and will be back in action in 2014. Their first meet of the new calendar year will be a Presidents’ Athletic Conference bout with Washington & Jefferson on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The contest is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.