Feb. 13 - Grove City, Pa. - Highlighted by the breaking of two Bison records, the Bethany women's and men's swimming & diving teams finished day one of the PAC Championships/James E. Longnecker Invitational ranked sixth and seventh, respectively.
The women finished day one in sixth place with a total of 64 points, while the men currently sit in seventh place with 71 total points.
On the women's side, freshman Christine Pray (Canton, Mich./Canton) highlighted the day, finishing ninth place in the preliminary and 11th place overall in the 500 meter freestyle. Pray broke the 500 meter record twice on the day, besting Mary E. Scollins' 1974 record with a time of 5:23.25 in the prelims, and bettering that time with a 5:22.74 performance in the finals.
Other point scorers for the Bison included Marina Baker (Winchester, Va./Sherando) in the 50 free (12th/25.31) as well as Haley Ekaitis (Pittsburgh, Pa./McKeesport) and Kayla Spinelli (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) in the one-meter dive. The 400 yard freestyle relay team of Pray, Baker, Alexi Pyles (Los Angeles, Calif./Granada Hills Charter) and Taylor Jacobs (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Marion) also notched points for Bethany, placing sixth in the finals with a total time of 4:20.97.
On the men's side, sophomore Brandon Martell (Sharon, Pa./Sharon) led the way for Bethany, placing third in the finals of the three-meter dive with 336.80 total points.
Also snatching a record on the mens side was the 200 freestyle relay team that brough home a ninth place finish. The team finished with a time of 1:31.29, which broke the previous mark of 1:31.96 that was set back in 1999. The team consisted of Cody Hussey (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck), Kelley Farralla (Broadview Heights, Ohio/Brecksville Broadview Heights), Craig Starks (Malwaukee, Wisc./Rufus King International) and Jeremy Starr (Warren, Ohio/Warren G. Harding.
The 400 yard medley relay team of Grant Ashcraft (Penns Grove, N.J./Woodstown), Jacob Collas (South Park, Pa./South Park), Starks and Starr also scored major points for Bethany, placing seventh with a time of 3:52.14.
The teams will be back in action at the PAC Championships on Friday with the meet concluding on Saturday.