Dec. 4 - ALTOONA, Pa. – The Bethany College women’s swimming and diving team defeated Ursuline (Ohio) College 77-25 Sunday for the program’s initial victory under first-year head coach David Dow.
The victory came in a double-dual meet at Penn State-Altoona and the Bison were edged by the Lions 66-61. On the men’s side, Altoona won the meet by a 175-26 score.
Pacing Bethany to the win was freshman Marina Baker (Winchester, Va./Sherando) with three first place finishes in individual events. She touched first in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:16.94, took first in the 50 Free in 27.33 and finished with a victory in the 200 Breast in 2:48.84.
Baker also led off the 200 Free Relay, teaming with junior Melissa Davis (Lancaster, Ohio), freshman Rebecca Martin (Somerset, Pa./Martin Christian Home School) and senior Sara Reass (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North) to take first place with a time of 1:56.86.
Every member of the 200 Free Relay earned at least one individual first in the meet. Davis was the winner in the 200 Fly in a close race with a time of 2:43.90 and won an even closer 100 Fly, as with a time of 1:11.30, she just edged out Amanda MacMurchy of Penn State-Altoona by .15 seconds.
Other event victories were scored by Reass in the 200 Back in a time of 2:38.38 and Martin, who won the 1000 Free (12:57.28).
Freshman Austin Williams (Euclid, Ohio) had the highest point total for the BC men. His top showing came in the 50 Free, as he was edged out by just .04 seconds in the 50 Free after finishing in 24.76 seconds. In addition, Williams placed third in the 200 Free (2:02.99) and 100 Free (58.72).
Also claiming a second place in the 100 Fly was freshman Vincent Miller (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts).
Bethany is now off from competition for the holiday season and the teams will be back in action Jan. 11 in a PAC meet at Washington & Jefferson.