Swimming and Diving Celebrates Senior Day with Wins over Franciscan, Pitt.-Bradford

Seniors Courtney Severns, Sarah Gattis, Nicole Gladdish, Tyler Thompson, Lena Kortis and Jordyn Miller
Seniors Courtney Severns, Sarah Gattis, Nicole Gladdish, Tyler Thompson, Lena Kortis and Jordyn Miller

BEREA, Ohio – The Baldwin Wallace University men's and women's swimming and diving teams wrapped up the home portion of its 2017-18 schedule with non-conference wins over Franciscan University of Steubenville and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford on Seniors' and Parents' Day inside the BW Natatorium.

The BW men defeated Pitt.-Bradford by a score of 147-110 while the Yellow Jacket women notched defeated Franciscan 154-56 and Pitt.-Bradford 154-31. 

Seniors Lena Kortis (Canton/Massillon Perry), Courtney Severns (Bucyrus) and Nicole Gladish (Fairview Park/Fairview) each picked up wins in the final home meet of their careers. Kortis brought home wins in the 50-yard freestyle in a season-best time of 25.94 seconds and the 100-yard butterfly in 1:03.97, also a season-best time. Severns won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:01.52 and Gladish took the 200-yard backstroke in 2:36.84.

The BW women also brought home wins in six other individual events. Sophomore freestyler Olivia Jacob (Canton/McKinley) won the 1,000-yard freestyle in season-best and career-best time of 11:18.86 while sophomore All-OAC freestyler Allie Thorson (Amherst/Marion Steele) took the 200-yard freestyle event in 2:05.52.  Sophomore stroker Erika Nockengost (Cuyahoga Falls) finishes first in the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 2:17.11

Freshman stroker Lauren Martello (Huron/Sandusky) brought home the 100-yard backstroke in 1:08.98 and sophomore diver/stroker Ellie Clymer (Independence) won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:13.74. In diving, freshman diver Lauren Franz won the 1-meter event with 143.15 points.

In relay action, the 200-yard medley relay team of Martello, Clymer, freshman stroker Marissa Kural (LaGrange, Ill./Lyons Township) and junior stroker Claire Onchuck (Darrien, Ill./Hinsdale South) won the event in a time of 2:00.29.

On the men's side, senior All-American stroker Tyler Thompson (Broadview Heights/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) brought home wins in the 100-yard breaststroke in 58.84 seconds, the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:20.26 and the 100-yard individual medley in 57.25 seconds.

Sophomore All-OAC stroker Greg Shaw (Colorado Springs, Colo./Manitou Springs) earned the win in the 200-yard butterfly in a season-best time of 2:05.08 and also took the 100-yard butterfly in 53.40 seconds. Junior freestyler John Beyer (Columbus/Centennial) took the 50-yard freestyle in 23.03 seconds.

Freshman freestyler Conner Hartup (Westlake) swam a season-best and career-best time of 11:56.36 to finish as the runner up in 1,000-yard freestyle. Freshman freestyler Matthew Butt (Westfield Center/Cloverleaf) took second in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle in times of 1:52.26 and 5:23.61, respectively. Freshman stroker Michael Morsch (Phoenix, Ariz./Notre Dame Preparatory) was the runner-up in two separate events, swimming 58.85 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke and a season- and career-best 2:10.45 in the 200-yard backstroke. Sophomore freestyler Austin Lockhart (Olmsted Falls) was a runner-up in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.64 seconds.

Competing solo, sophomore diver Evan Rinaldi (Cleveland/Cleveland Heights) earned 131.85 and 143.20 points in the men's 1-meter diving events.

In men's relay action, the 200-yard medley relay team of Morsch, Thompson, Shaw and Lockhart won in 1:38.75.

BW will take the pool next on Saturday, February 3, when the Yellow Jackets compete in a non-conference meet with Ursuline College and Case Western Reserve University at 1 p.m. inside the Veale Natatorium on the campus of Case Western.

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