The Shippensburg University men’s swimming team advanced 14 of its 17 individual non-exhibition swims to evening finals on the second day of competition at the Kunkel Aquatic Center. The Raiders sit in fifth place in the team standings.
Among the many impressive swims included four Top 5 finishes. Graduate Andrew Hale (Springfield, Va./West Springfield) came within a tenth of a second of his PR in the 100-yard breaststroke – a time of 56.90 seconds that ranks fourth in school history – by swimming 57.02 seconds in the championship final for a fourth-place finish.
Junior Michael Salvatori (Springfield, Va./St. John Paul the Great) and graduate Vin Salvatore (Howell, N.J./Howell) went 3-4 in the 400-yard IM, each improving by at least three seconds from their morning swim. Salvatori finished in 4:11.53, while Salvatore touched the wall in 4:11.74.
Sophomore David Johnson (Chesterfield, Va./L.C. Bird) paced three Raider scorers in the 200-yard freestyle with a fifth-place finish and a time of 1:44.88 that crushes his lifetime best by more than a second. Senior JC Greenwood (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg Area (Penn State)) also reached the championship final by virtue of a 1:46.36 morning prelim time and took eighth in the evening. Sophomore Nathan VanNatter (Pottstown, Pa./Owen J. Roberts) narrowly missed the championship final and finished 12th in the consolation final with a time of 1:46.43.
All three Raiders to compete in the 100-yard butterfly contributed to the team score with points in their respective finals. Senior Alec Burger (Elizabethtown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) achieved a new lifetime best in the 100-yard butterfly, swimming 52.01 in the consolation final for a 10th-place finish. Sophomore Zaidian Van Orden (Pottsville, Pa./Pottsville Area) set a new PR with his morning prelim of 52.36 seconds and finished 16th overall, while junior Matthew Beard (Williamsport, Pa./Williamsport Area) cracked the 54-second mark in his morning prelim and scored in the pre-consolation final.
Senior David Bussard (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) paced the Raiders in the 100-yard backstroke with a 12th-place time of 53.74 seconds after swimming 53.45 seconds in prelims. Freshman Kevin Noldy (Hop Bottom, Pa./Elk Lake) improved his lifetime best to 53.83 seconds with a 14th-place finish, while senior Michael Hannig (Broomall, Pa./Marple Newtown) swam 15th in 54.56 seconds. Burger scored in the pre-consolation final with a time of 55.18 seconds.
Freshman Nate Wauls (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) made the consolation finals of the 100-yard breaststroke, swimming 1:00.11. In total, 15 of SU’s 18 individual swims satisfied the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifying standard.
Bussard, Hale, Salvatore and Zinn completed the 200-yard medley relay in 1:35.11.
Sunday’s prelims begin at 10 a.m., with finals set for a 6 p.m. start.
200 Medley Relay
David Bussard, Andrew Hale, Vin Salvatore, Elijah Zinn 1:35.11
Alec Burger, Nate Wauls, Zaidian Van Orden, Nathan VanNatter 1:38.78
3. Michael Salvatori 4:11.53 (4:14.00p) (PSAC)
4. Vin Salvatore 4:11.74 (4:16.08p) (PSAC)
10. Alec Burger 52.01 (52.69p) (PSAC)
16. Zaidian Van Orden 52.91 (52.36p) (PSAC)
24. Matthew Beard 54.09 (53.90p) (PSAC)
5. David Johnson 1:44.88 (1:45.79p) (PSAC)
8. JC Greenwood 1:48.06 (1:46.24p) (PSAC)
12. Nathan VanNatter 1:46.43 (1:46.36) (PSAC)
Tylor Yakaitis 1:51.14
Elijah Zinn 1:51.73
4. Andrew Hale 57.02 (57.34p) (PSAC)
16. Nate Wauls 1:00.11 (1:00.04p) (PSAC)
Jason Chatell 1:03.07
12. David Bussard 53.74 (53.45p) (PSAC)
14. Kevin Noldy 53.83 (54.15p) (PSAC)
15. Michael Hannig 54.56 (54.28p) (PSAC)
23. Alec Burger 55.18 (56.23p) (PSAC)
Michael Salvatori 54.86x (PSAC)