SPRINGFIELD, Ohio—Wittenberg swimming and diving was back in action on Saturday against NCAC foe Oberlin in Springfield. Both Tiger programs dominated the day, as the women's program outscored Oberlin 116-107, while the men's program handled their business 125-90. In the head to head meet, Wittenberg produced multiple first place finishers under coach Will Bernhardt in his first year at the helm of the program. The Tigers have shown great strides in 2016 thus far under the programs new guidance, as the Tigers now take a brief hiatus from competition until December.
WOMEN'S TOP FINISHES
- In the 200-yard medley-relay, the Tiger team of Morgan Siefert, Samantha Petruzzi, Amy Schulz and Marita Banta-Long finished in first with a finals time of 1:57.33.
- Banta-Long was not done there, as the freshman finished first in the 50 yard-freestyle at 25.94, as well as in the 100 yard-freestyle at 56.55.
- In the 100 yard-backstroke, Amy Schulz shined bright for Wittenberg, finishing in first with a heat of 1:04.64.
- Schulz also earned a first place finish in the 100 yard-breaststroke at 1:09.77 for the Tigers.
- Rounding out things for Wittenberg on the women's side, the 200-yard freestyle-relay team of Emalie Taylor, Courtney Speakman, Elissa Manchester and Katie Winner finished in first, with a finals heat of 1:46.47.
MEN'S TOP FINISHES
- The 200-yard medley-relay team of Paul Salay, Kyle Smith, Luke George, and Bradley Barren finished in first for the Tigers at 1:41.70.
- Salay was just getting started for the red and white, as he was able to finish first in the 100 yard-IM at 57.92, as well as in the 100 yard-backstroke at 56.68.
- Barren also managed to score again for the Tigers, this time in the 50 yard-freestyle, finishing in first with a time of 22.50.
- Smith also scored first place points for the Tigers later on, this time in the 100 yard-butterfly at 56.74.
- Sophomore Sam Bott had a big day for the Tigers, taking home top honors in the 1,000-yard freestyle at 10:24.35 and in the 500 yard-freestyle at 5:01.05.
- Rounding out the day for the men's program was the 200-yard freestyle-relay team composed of Drew Suffoletta, Hunter Busken, Hawk Smith and Bott that finished with a finals time of 1:34.19.
FROM THE POOL DECK
It was a great team effort today for both the Men's and Women's teams. I'm proud of how they fought through some tough races and were able to stay focused throughout the day to come away with victories. This is an indication of where we are with our training and preparation right now. We are seeing some great things in our practices and they are presenting on meet day....Meets like the one we had today are nerve wracking but they are always the most fun to be involved in. The Women's meet came down to the last relay and all four of the ladies stepped up and accepted the challenge and came out on top. It was a great day to be a Tiger! Tiger Up!