SHIPPENSBURG (Oct 3, 2019) — The Shippensburg University women’s swimming team won eight of the 14 contested events Wednesday night in its 2019-20 home opener.
Those wins included the meet-concluding 200-yard freestyle relay, to come from behind and defeat visiting IUP, 133-129, in a dual meet from Donald N. Miller Pool.
Senior Gracee Tothero and sophomore Madison Breiner combined for five individual event victories on the night that proved pivotal for the Raiders. Additionally, SU won both backstroke events – junior Mari Reott in the 50 and sophomore Tomomi Nakano in the 100 – to help claim victory over the Crimson Hawks.
Tothero had a remarkable night. She claimed gold in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:01.24 then came back later to win the 100-yard freestyle in 56.63 seconds. Most importantly, she touched the wall first in the 100-yard IM with a time of 1:03.99 that put the Raiders in position to wrestle away the victory with a win in the final relay. Tothero also swam a breaststroke leg on a 200-yard medley relay that started out the meet.
Breiner came through with the victory in the 50-yard freestyle by swimming 26.10 seconds. She has switched to more sprint freestyle events after primarily focusing on distance events last season. Later, she enhanced her distance interval back up to 500 yards but still emerged victorious, posting a time of 5:32.94 for the win.
The win was secured after senior Gabriella Johnson, Breiner, junior Kayla Sudbrink and Nakano beat IUP by more than a second in the 200-yard freestyle relay, posting a victorious time of 1:43.24.
Women’s Swimming Senior Night
Johnson was lauded Wednesday with a Senior Night ceremony. The meet marked her lone opportunity to compete at home this season due to conflicts with her participation also in volleyball. She also got to swim against her sister, IUP’s Rachel Johnson. Rachel edged Gabriella in the 50- and 100-yard breaststroke events.
Tothero’s swim in the 200 freestyle, Nakano’s swim in the 100-yard backstroke and Johnson’s swim in the 100-yard breaststroke all satisfied the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) qualifying standard in their respective event.
Shippensburg is back in action in nine days when it heads to New Haven, Connecticut for a tri-meet with Southern Connecticut and West Chester.
200 Medley Relay
200 Free Relay
1. Gabriella Johnson, Madison Breiner, Kayla Sudbrink, Tomomi Nakano 1:43.24
Neena Gollub, Shannan Maher, Marina Cote, Mari Reott 1:46.22
Paige Richards, Riley Weller, Caitlyn Sellers, Nicole Smith 1:54.51