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The Shippensburg University women’s swimming team picked up three individual scoring performances and got points from a pair of relays on Wednesday to get things started at the 2020 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Championships at the Graham Aquatic Center.

How it Happened

Two of SU’s three individual scoring efforts came in the 200-yard individual medley (IM). Senior Gracee Tothero (State College, Pa./State College Area) placed 15th, swimming a time of 2:12.70 in the finals after recording a prelim time of 2:12.59. It is her third consecutive year scoring in the 200-yard IM, and her second straight 15th-place finish.

Sophomore Bri Joll (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Hills) scored out of the ‘C’ final, finishing 19th in a collegiate best of 2:12.51. It is the second straight year Joll scored in the 200-yard IM after a 23rd-place finish a season ago.

Sophomore Tomomi Nakano (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) and freshman Manisha Kapoor (Clarksburg, Md./Clarksburg) did not finish among the scoring performances in the 200 IM, but each posted huge collegiate bests. Nakano finished with a lifetime PR of 2:16.04, while Kapoor improved her collegiate best to 2:16.32.

Sophomore Madison Breiner (Glen Mills, Pa./Bayard Rustin) narrowly missed her collegiate best in the 1,000-yard freestyle, recording a time of 11:02.28 that resulted in 22nd place. It is her second career PSAC scoring performance in the event. Freshman Marina Cote (Papillion, Neb./Daniel J. Gross) narrowly missed out on a scoring performance, posting a time of 11:07.88 that resulted in a 14-second lifetime best.

Junior Neena Gollub (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin) paced the Raiders in the 50-yard freestyle with a season best of 25.49 seconds that is just .09 seconds off her collegiate best. Sophomore Shannan Maher (Enola, Pa./Cumberland Valley) also broke the 26-second mark, touching the wall in 25.97 seconds.

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The evening session started well for the Raiders, as Kapoor, senior Gabriella Johnson (Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin), Nakano and Tothero posted a fifth-place, season-best time in the 200-yard medley relay of 1:49.09. The evening finished with Tothero, Johnson, Cote and Breiner teaming for a seventh-place 800-yard freestyle relay of 7:57.41. Johnson’s leg featured a 1:54.9 split.

What’s next

SU is in seventh place after the first day of the meet. Competition resumes Thursday with prelims at 10 a.m.

200 Medley Relay
5. Manisha Kapoor, Gabriella Johnson, Tomomi Nakano, Gracee Tothero 1:49.09

200 IM
15. Gracee Tothero 2:12.70 (2:12.59p)
19. Bri Joll 2:12.51 (2:12.81p)
Tomomi Nakano 2:16.04
Manisha Kapoor 2:16.32
Camryn Vila 2:19.60
Kayla Sudbrink 2:23.36

50 Free
Neena Gollub 25.49
Shannan Maher 25.97
Kayla Sudbrink 26.19
Eva Tice 26.98
Natalie Wiley 27.50

1000 Free
22. Madison Breiner 11:02.28
Marina Cote 11:07.88

800 Free Relay
7. Gracee Tothero, Gabriella Johnson, Marina Cote, Madison Breiner 7:57.41

Bill Morgal is Sports Information Director at Shippensburg University

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