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Golden Rams Game Summaries

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Nov. 19 Dec. 16 Jan. 15 Jan. 18
Jan. 29 Feb. 5 Feb. 6 Feb. 19
Feb. 22 Feb. 25 Mar. 2 Mar. 24
Apr. 16 Athletes of the Week

Athletes of the week

March 15:  Female - Alexis Palmer, senior, swimming (Lancaster/Manheim TWP)...produced one her best National meets ever...was an All-American in the 200 fly (5th - 2:09.14) and in the 100 fly (6th - 59.16)...earned Honorable Mention All-American Honors in the 200 IM (10th - 2:10.56).

March 15:  Male - Grant Clark, sophomore, swimming (Malvern Prep/Home Schooled in the Great Valley School District)...led WCU to a 13th place finish at the NCAA II Nationals...earned All-American honors by finishing fifth in the 200 breast (2:06.24) and eighth in the 400 IM (4:08.56)...was part of Honorable Mention All-American 400 medley relay team that tied for 13th (3:10.94)...was part of 14th-place 200 medley relay team which earned HMAA (1:36.53).

February 22:  Female - Kristen Krail, So., swimming (Hatfield/North Penn)...the PSAC Champion in the 100 and 200 breast stroke events...led WCU to a fourth-place finish at the PSAC Championships...also part of two fourth-place relay teams.

February 22:  Male - Matt Matys, Fr., swimmer, (Boothwyn/Chichester)...led Golden Rams to the PSAC Championship for the first time since 1970...six-time PSAC Champion as a rookie...won three solo events - 200 back, 100 back, 200 IM...part of three first-place relay teams - 200 free, 800 free, 200 medley...named PSAC Male Swimmer of the Week for the third time this year.

February 8:  Male - Dan Markle, Sr., men’s swimming, (West Chester/Henderson)...led WCU to a victory at Bloomsburg on Feb. 6...won the 200 IM (2:06.98) and 50 Free (22.91)...part of the winning 400 free relay (3:19.11) team.

January 25:  Male - Matt Matys, Fr., men’s swimming, (Boothwyn/Chichester)...won the 200 free (1:43.78), 100 back (:53.02), 200 IM (1:59.25) and 200 back (1:58.00) at 1999 Golden Rams Classic on January 22 & 23...led WCU to first dual-meet win ever over Clarion...has won every individual race he has entered this season - except once at Rowan...part of first-place 400 medley relay team.

January 18:  Female - Alexis Palmer, Sr., women’s swimming, (Lancaster/Manheim TWP)...led Golden Rams to win over Rowan on Jan. 16...was a double winner for the Golden Rams....snagged the 200 IM (2:15.21) and 200 breast (2:32.89) competitions, then finished second in the 200 fly (2:15.16).

December 7: Female - Kristen Krail, So., women’s swimming, (North Penn/Hatfield)...captured both the 100-yard (1:07.52) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:25.19) events at the Division I Philly Open on Dec. 4 & 5...qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in both competitions.

December 7:  Male - Matt Matys, Fr., men’s swimming, (Boothwyn/Chichester)...won 200 IM by setting WCU record at the Dec. 4 & 5 Philly Open...also qualified for the NCAA Division II Nationals with his record-setting time (1:55.07)...won the 100 backstroke in 52.93 seconds...finished second in the 200 back (1:53.52)...was named the PSAC Male Swimmer of the Week on Dec. 8...he is now 11-1 this year in individual events.

November 16:  Female - Avital Bressler, Fr., swimming, (Israel/Rishon-Le-Zion)...in 146-96 loss at Delaware, Bressler recorded wins in the 1000 free (10:40.71) and the 500 free (5:15.89)...part of first-place 400 free relay squad (3:45.64).

November 16:  Male - Matt Matys, Fr., swimming, (Churchville/Council Rock)...in WCU’s 148-95 loss at Delaware on November 14, Matys captured the 200 free (1:46.21), 200 fly (2:00.41) and the 200 back (2:00.03) events...he wins it for the second straight week...he is 9-0 in events this season.

November 9:  Male - Matt Matys, Fr., swimming, (Boothwyn/Chichester)...placed first in both the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.27) and 200 backstroke (1:56.46) at the College of New Jersey on Nov. 5...finished first in the 200 individual medley (1:57.47) and 200 back (1:56.44) against Lafayette on Nov. 3.

September 14

Smart Swimmers and Divers

     The results are in, and the College Swimming Coaches' Association of America has given the WCU Women's Swimming and Diving team the Academic All America Team Award for the fourth straight year--this time qualifying for the highest "Superior" level of 3.25 or higher. WCU's 3.29 for the Spring semester of '98 was fourth in the nation, first in the PSAC, and the highest ever for our women.

Also, freshman Grant Clark was named Academic All American individually for his having qualified for Nationals while maintaining a 3.5 GPA.

October 16

Golden Rams primed for making another run at NCAA Top 10

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY of PA - With a solid group of returning veterans, the WCU men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are looking to re-enter the field of Top 10 contenders at the NCAA Division II National Championships this season.

Although both the men’s and women’s teams finished in the Top 20 last year, 1997-98 proved to be a rebuilding season. The Golden Rams have been bolstered by one of their best recruiting classes ever.

Head coach Jamie Rudisill will look to senior multi-event swimmer Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim Twp.) to guide the rookie swimmers through a successful year.

Palmer, an All-American in the 200 fly, and sophomore Kristen Krail (North Penn/Hatfield), an All-American in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, will be joined in the pool by junior Bevin Sullivan (West Chester/Henderson) and sophomore Jessica Grabowy (Vineland, NJ/Vineland).

The Golden Rams will also have an influx of freshman talent, adding much-needed depth to the squad. Rookie swimmers expecting to improve the Golden Rams include Avital Bressler (Israel/Rishon-Le-Zion) and Meredeth Eyler (Abingdon, MD/Bel-Air).

Head diving coach Dr. Ronn Jenkins will look to increase his All-American streak to 15 years in 1998-99 when sophomores Marissa Grabowy (Vineland, NJ/Vineland) and Heather Rafal (Wilmington, DE/Brandywine) lead the women. Senior Brian Ginocchetti (Wyoming/Bishop Hoban) joins the Golden Rams from Clarion.

The men’s team will be led by senior Dan Markle (West Chester/Henderson) and sophomore multi-event swimmer Grant Clark (Malvern/Home Schooled).

After earning valuable experience and honorable mention honors as a freshman, Clark is expected to be the Golden Rams top swimmer this season.

Clark and Markle will be aided by an extremely strong class of incoming freshmen. Matt Matys (Boothwyn/Chichester), Todd Albert (Pottstown/Owen J. Roberts) and Steve Mazurek (Langhorne/Neshaminy) will lead the rookie class. The trio will also be joined by former Golden Ram junior Brett LaValley (York/Dallastown), who returns to the club after taking a hiatus.

The mid-season addition of former Golden Ram junior Andy Smyth (Norristown/Norristown) should put the men’s team in a strong position to make some waves at the PSAC and NCAA Championship meets this year.

October 23

Golden Rams begin swimming season with a splash

TRENTON, NJ - The West Chester University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams kicked off the 1998-99 season with a sensational start thanks to a women’s championship and a second-place men’s finish at the College of New Jersey Relays on Oct. 18.

The women captured first place overall with 206 team points, outgaining second-place Rowan by 40. Eight teams in all competed in the event.

The WCU women’s relay teams captured the 200-yard medley (1:56.76), 300 butterfly (3:08.31), 300 breaststroke (3:31.32), 1500 freestyle (16:16.94), 4x100 individual medley (4:21.80) and the 400 free (3:48.18). The Golden Rams were dominating.

The 200 medley team was comprised of sophomores Kylene Henry (Egg Harbor TWP, NJ/Egg Harbor TWP), Kristen Krail (North Penn/Hatfield) and Meghan Farrow (Downingtown/Downingtown), and freshman Meredith Eyler (Abingdon, MD/Bel Air).

Senior Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim), freshman Tara Downing (Chester Springs/Downingtown) and junior Bevin Sullivan (West Chester/Henderson) teamed up to capture the 300 fly, then Krail, Palmer and Sullivan won the 300 breast. The 1500 free went to the threesome of Eyler, Sullivan and senior Devon Hylander (Burke, VA/Dunwoody, GA).

The 4x100 individual medley relay saw the quartet of Eyler, Palmer, Sullivan and Downing take first prize, while the foursome of Farrow, Hylander, Eyler and Palmer captured the 400 free.

The men’s team placed second at the College of New Jersey Relays with a 140 team score. Rowan won the meet, but the Golden Rams totaled enough points to beat out third-place New Jersey (130). Eight teams competed in the event.

The WCU trio of freshman Steve Mazurek (Langhorne/Neshaminy), junior Jeff Schell (Phoenixville/Spring-Ford) and Seb Maeder (Lebanon/Cedar Crest) finished second in the 1500 freestyle with a time of 15:23.19.

The Golden Rams also placed second in the 4x100 IM (3:50.86). Sophomores Grant Clark (Malvern/Home Schooled) and Scott Hayes (Lock Haven/Jersey Shore), and freshmen Matt Matys (Boothwyn/Chichester) and Steve Janeski (Scranton/Scranton) comprised the quartet.

The Golden Ram swimmers are off until they host Lafayette on November 3. The diving team is in action on Oct. 31 at the University of Delaware.

November 13

Women jump out to 2-0 start with wins over Lafayette and the College of New Jersey

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY of PA - The West Chester University women’s swimming and diving team has jumped out to a 2-0 record after beating Division III power the College of New Jersey 142-101 on November 5 and Division I Lafayette 150-86 on November 3.

At home against Lafayette, the Golden Rams were led by freshman Avital Bressler (Israel/Rishon-Le-Zion), who won the 1000-yard freestyle (10:42.66) and the 500 free (5:15.89).

Freshman Meredith Eyler (Chester Springs/Downingtown) also won a pair of events, capturing the 200 (1:57.88) and 100 free (55.39), while sophomore Kristen Krail (North Penn/Hatfield) placed second in the 50 free (26.03).

The Golden Rams dynamic duo of senior Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim TWP) and junior Bevin Sullivan (West Chester/Henderson) was instrumental in the team victory as well. Palmer took first in the 200 IM (2:12.56) as Sullivan claimed second (2:16.71). Sullivan then grabbed first in the 200 fly (2:12.34) while Palmer finished second (2:13.50).

Sophomore Kylene Henry (Egg Harbor TWP, NJ/Egg Harbor TWP) added to the point total with a triumph in the 200 back (2:19.91).

In the diving competition, freshman Melissa Shriver (Brookville/Brookville) finished first in the one-meter (175.55) and sophomore Marissa Grabowy (Vineland, NJ/Vineland) placed second (174.45). Grabowy then won the three-meter event (182.35). Sophomore Erin Hourigan (Glen Lyon/Bishop Hoban) finished second in the 3M (166.10).

Against the College of New Jersey, the Golden Rams jumped out to a quick start thanks to the second-place finish of the 400 medley relay team. Palmer, freshmen Colleen Heath (Springfield/Springfield - DELCO) and Tara Down

ing (Chester Springs/Downingtown), and senior Devon Hylander (Burke, VA/Dunwoody, GA) recorded a time of 4:18.61.

Hylander then teamed up with Henry, and sophomores Heather Harrison (West Chester/Henderson) and Meghan Farrow (Downingtown/Downingtown) to capture the 400 free relay event (3:50.31).

Individually, the Golden Rams were led by Sullivan who won the 1000 free (10:59.23) and 200 breast (2:33.40). She placed second in the 500 free (5:21.59).

Downing and Palmer also recorded second place times for the Golden Rams. Downing was second in the 200 fly (2:23.32), while Palmer splashed to second in the 200 back (2:19.00).

Bressler captured a pair of events for WCU, taking the 200 free (2:00.43) and 200 butterfly (2:15.86).

Sophomore Allyson Jann (Ivyland/Council Rock) was dominating in the 50 free, winning in a time of 25.88, while Eyler and Krail clutched victories in the 200 IM (2:17.98) and 500 free (51:8.12), respectively. Krail finished second in the 200 IM with a 2:19.13.

In the diving competition, Grabowy was second in both the 1M (194.25) and 3M (198.15).

Losses disguise encouraging start for men

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY of PA - Although the West Chester University men’s swimming and diving team lost its first two meets of the year, head coach Jamie Rudisill has been encouraged by the solid performances of his young, talented group.

The Golden Rams began their dual-meet schedule with a 128-112 home loss to Lafayette on November 3, then fell to Division III power the College of New Jersey 122-109 on the road.

Against Division I Lafayette, freshman Steve Mazurek (Langhorne/Neshaminy) was victorious in the 1000 free (10:11.44), then he took second in the 500 free (5:01.07). Sophomore teammate Brian Birnbrauer (Lansdale/Lansdale Catholic) complemented Mazurek’s results with a pair of second-place finishes of his own. He placed second in both the 200 (1:49.73) and 100 free (49.37) events.

Freshman Matt Matys (Boothwyn/Chichester) kicked off his career in style by snagging the 200 IM (1:57.47) and 200 backstroke (1:56.44) against the Leopards.

Senior diver Brian Ginocchetti (Wyoming/Bishop Hoban), a first-year Golden Ram, won both the one-meter (249.9) and three-meter (265.65) competitions.

At the College of New Jersey, the WCU 400 medley relay team began the day by stealing the event in a time of 3:39.69. Matys, freshman Scott Janeski (Scranton/Scranton), sophomore Grant Clark (Malvern/Home Schooled but resident of Great Valley School District) and Birnbrauer combined for the win.

Individually, Matys captured the 200 free (1:45.27) and 200 back (1:56.46) events, while Clark placed second in the 200 IM (2:02.96) and won the 200 breast (2:13.39).

Janeski continued his relay success by teaming up with junior Chris Fender (Swarthmore/Cardinal O’Hara), senior Dan Markle (West Chester/Henderson) and junior Jeff Schell (Phoenixville/Spring-Ford) to finish second in the 400 free relay (3:20.54).

In the 1000 free race, Mazurek scored a second-place time of 10:17.08 for WCU.

Ginochetti again mastered the diving competition, winning on both the 1M (237.82) and 3M (324.15) boards. Freshman Paul Ventresca (Eagleville/Methacton) was second on the 1M with his 202.57 and second on the 3M with a 194.85.

Junior Brett LaValley (York/Dallastown) captured the 100 free with his time of 49.21.

Ginochetti claims a first and second

NEWARK, DE - On Oct. 31, the Golden Rams diving team traveled to Newark, DE, for the annual Delaware Diving Invitational.

Ginochetti led the Golden Rams with a victory in the three-meter event. He tallied a 273.30 score. He also finished second in the one-meter with a 265.20.

November 19

Bressler wins three more for Golden Rams

NEWARK, DE - Although the West Chester University women’s swimming and diving team (2-1) fell to Division I Delaware on November 14, the Golden Rams are being buoyed by a freshman who has been virtually unbeatable.

In the 146-96 road loss to the Blue Hens, freshman Avital Bressler (Israel/Rishon-Le-Zion) led the WCU women with victories in the 1000-yard free (10:40.71) and the 500 free (5:15.89). She is a perfect 3-0 in each event this season.

Bressler also picked up a third win as past of the 400 free relay squad. She joined freshman Meredith Eyler (Chester Springs/Downingtown), sophomore Meghan Farrow (Downingtown/Downingtown) and senior Devon Hylander (Burke, VA/Dunwoody, GA) to post a season-best time of 3:45.64.

Sophomore Kristen Krail (North Penn/Hatfield) placed second in the 200 breast (2:30.75) and freshmen Colleen Heath (Springfield/Springfield - DELCO) was second in the 50 free (26.36).

Senior Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim TWP) won the 200 IM (2:14.33), while junior Bevin Sullivan (West Chester/Henderson) was second in the 200 fly (2:12.93).

Matt Matys dousing the competition

NEWARK, DE - Nine times this season freshman swimmer Matt Matys (Boothwyn/Chichester) has flung himself into a pool during a West Chester University men’s swimming and diving meet. Nine times he has come out a winner.

The Golden Rams may be 0-3 as a team, but Matys is a perfect 9-0 this season, claiming three victories in the 200-yard back stroke, two in the 200 free, and one each in the 200 IM and 200 fly. He has also been part of two Golden Ram relay triumphs this season.

In WCU’s 148-95 loss at Delaware on November 14, Matys captured the 200 free (1:46.21), 200 fly (2:00.41) and the 200 back (2:00.03).

The Golden Rams also picked up team points from junior Brett LaValley (York/Dallastown) who finished second in the 50 free (22.54) and the 100 free (49.35). Sophomore Grant Clark (Malvern/Home Schooled but resident of Great Valley School District) grabbed a pair of second places as well, coming in runner-up in both the 200 breast (2:14.20) and 200 IM (2:01.60.)

The quartet of freshmen Steve Mazurek (Langhorne/Neshaminy) and Scott Janeski (Scranton/Scranton), sophomore Brian Birnbrauer (Lansdale/Lansdale Catholic) and junior Jeff Schell (Phoenixville/Spring-Ford) won the 400 free relay in a time of 3:20.43.

Senior diver Brian Ginocchetti (Wyoming/Bishop Hoban), a first-year Golden Ram, won the three-meter (240.23) and finished second on the one-meter (276.30).

December 16

Matt Matys, Kristen Krail qualify for NCAA Nationals

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Freshman swimmer Matt Matys (Boothwyn/Chichester) has taken a wrecking ball to the opposition so far this season.

The rookie swimmer was named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Male Swimmer of the Week for his near-perfect start on December 8.

Entering the Philadelphia Open on December 4 & 5, Matys had posted a 9-0 record by picking up a trio of victories in the 200-yard backstroke, two wins in the 200 free, and one victory each in the 200 individual medley and the 200 fly.

At the Philly Open hosted by LaSalle University, Matys guided the Golden Rams to a fourth-place finish in a field of seven teams - six from the Division I level.

LaSalle won the event with an 836.50, while Drexel (569.50), Penn (541.50) and West Chester (452.50) rounded out the top four. Fordham posted a 390 to finish fifth, while St. John’s (363.50) and Bucknell (217.50) claimed sixth and seventh, respectively.

The opening day of the event saw Matys win the 200 IM by setting a West Chester University record. He also qualified for the NCAA Division II Nationals with his time (1:55.07). Matys broke the mark originally set by current WCU assistant coach Scott Elliott in 1995 (1:55.17).

In addition, Matys won the 100 back in 52.93 seconds, and finished second in the 200 back (1:53.52). His 200 back result marked the first time all season that he failed to win an individual event, but his time was still good enough to qualify for the NCAA II Nationals.

Matys is now 11-1 this year in individual events.

Sophomore swimmer Grant Clark (Malvern/Home Schooled, but resident of the Great Valley School District), also had a strong meet for the Golden Rams. He won the 100 breaststroke (58.89), finished second in the 200 breast (2:09.17), claimed third in the 400 IM (4:10.31) and placed fourth in the 200 IM (1:57.66).

Women splashers finish 3rd at D-I meet

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The West Chester University swimming team placed third at the Division I Philadelphia Open hosted on December 4 & 5 by LaSalle.

The Golden Rams totaled 482 team points, finishing behind first-place LaSalle (809.50) and runner-up Drexel (485). Penn wound up fourth (468.50), followed by Bucknell (437), Fordham (357), St. John’s (334) and Wagner (119).

Sophomore Kristen Krail (North Penn/Hatfield) captured both the 100-yard (1:07.52) and 200-yard breaststroke (2:25.19) events. She qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in both competitions with her times.

Also qualifying for the Division II Nationals were senior Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim TWP) and freshman Avital Bressler (Israel/Rishon-Le-Zion).

Palmer came in second in the women’s 200 IM with a national qualifying time of 2:10.96, while Bressler won the 1650 free with her 17:33.71.

Junior Bevin Sullivan (West Chester/Henderson) checked in with a strong meet for the Golden Rams as well. She placed second in the 400 IM (4:42.72) and was third in the 200 fly (2:11.22).

January 15

 Swim teams shine in Florida

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - The West Chester University men’s and women’s swim teams combined for a trio of victories on their training trip to Florida over break.

The men’s team picked up its first victory of the season - a 136-69 dunking of PSAC rival Kutztown. Senior Dan Markle (West Chester/Henderson) won the 150-yard freestyle (1:19.85) and the 75 free (36.24) as the Golden Rams improved to 1-3.

The women swept both Kutztown and Hillsdale (MI) in their tri-meet. The Golden Rams scored a 155-51 drowning of Hillsdale and a 106.5-81.5 triumph over the Golden Bears. Senior Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim) took the 100 IM (1:04.24).

The WCU women are now 4-1 on the season. The teams travel to Rowan on Jan. 16.

January 18

 Women swimmers dunk Rowan

GLASSBORO, NJ - Freshman distance swimmer Avital Bressler (Israel/Rishon-Le-Zion) captured the 1000-yard free (10:46.39) and the 500 free (5:19.17) to lead the West Chester University women’s swimming and diving (3-1) team to a 146.5-93.5 win over Division III power Rowan.

Freshman Meredith Eyler (Abington, MD/Bel Air) also won a pair of meets, taking the 200 free (2:00.65) just ahead of WCU sophomore Meghan Farrow (Downingtown/Downingtown) who placed second (2:00.73). Eyler stole the 100 free (56.17), while Farrow garnered another second-place time in the 500 free (5:28.14).

The Golden Rams were also buoyed by senior Devon Hylander (Burke, VA/Dunwoody, GA), who placed second in both the 1000 (11:22.03) and 100 free (56.24) events.

Senior Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim TWP) was a double winner for the Golden Rams as well. She snagged the 200 IM (2:15.21) and 200 breast (2:32.89) competitions, then finished second in the 200 fly (2:15.16). Junior Bevin Sullivan (West Chester/Henderson) won the 200 fly (2:14.04) and wound up second behind Palmer in the 200 breast (2:34.19).

Freshman Colleen Heath (Springfield/Springfield - DELCO) earned a second-place finish in the 50 free (26.20).

Men swimmers fall to Rowan

GLASSBORO, NJ - Sophomore Grant Clark (Malvern/Home Schooled in Great Valley School District) won the 1000 free (10:17.50) and finished second in the 200 breast (2:10.42), but the West Chester University men’s swimming and diving team (0-4) lost to Rowan University 148-95.

Freshman Matt Matys (Boothwyn/Chichester) captured the 200 IM (1:57.13), but finished second in the 200 backstroke (1:57.59) for the first time all season.

Senior diver Brian Ginochetti (Wyoming/Bishop Hoban) was a double-winner for the Golden Rams. He grabbed both the three-meter (286.65) and one-meter (251.55) diving events.

The 400 free relay team finished second in a time of 3:70.08. The foursome was comprised of sophomore Brian Birnbrauer (Lansdale/Lansdale Catholic), senior Sebastien Verstraet (France), and juniors Chris Fender (Swarthmore/Cardinal O’Hara) and Jeff Schell (Phoenixville/Springford). Birnbrauer was second in the 100 free (49.16), while Schell placed second in the 500 free (5:01.21).

January 29

 Golden Rams Swimmers Knock Off Clarion for 1st Time

Women swimmers go 2-1 at Classic

WEST CHESTER, PA - For the first time in the history of the West Chester University men’s swimming and diving program, the Golden Rams defeated perennial Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion Clarion University in a dual-meet event.

WCU hosted the 1999 Golden Ram Classic in Graham Natatorium on January 22 & 23 and came away with three victories over Clarion (203-165), Shippensburg (228-129) and Binghamton (261-109) in the double-dual scoring system.

The triple victory elevated the Golden Rams record to 3-4 on the season, but even more impressive is the tone that was set for the 1999 PSAC Championships slated for February 18-20 at West Chester University.

The Golden Rams received a bounty of team points from their relay squads. Senior Sebastien Verstraet (France), juniors Jeff Schell (Phoenixville/Spring-Ford) and Brett LaValley (York/Dallastown), and freshman Todd Albert (Pottstown/O.J. Roberts) kicked off the meet with a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay (1:39.16). Verstraet, Albert and LaValley were then joined later in the competition by senior Dan Markle (West Chester/Henderson) to earn a second-place finish in the 200 free relay (1:28.04).

Albert’s marathon swimming continued in the 400-yard events. He joined the power-packed squad of sophomores Brian Birnbrauer (Lansdale/Lansdale Catholic) and Grant Clark (Malvern/Home Schooled in the Great Valley School District), and rookie sensation Matt Matys (Boothwyn/Chichester) for a victory in the 400 medley relay (3:35.28).

Albert, Birnbrauer, Markle and Verstraet then went out and claimed the 400 free relay (3:12.62) event. Albert would then finish first in two individual sprint races - the 100 fly (52.98) and 50 free (22.14).

Markle also won an individual race, finishing first in the 100 free (48.52). Birnbrauer placed second in both the 100 free (48.67) and 200 free (1:46.96) events.

The 1998-99 season, however, has been dominated by the nearly undefeated Matys and the equally challenging Clark. Matys’ solo races earned him gold medals in the 200 free (1:43.78), 100 back (:53.02), 200 IM (1:59.25) and 200 back (1:58.00). He has won every individual race he has entered this season - except once at Rowan.

Freshman Steve Mazurek (Langhorne/Neshaminy) was right behind Matys in the 200 back, taking second with his solid time of 2:01.00.

Clark was also impressive in individual events. He won the 400 IM (4:16.16), the 100 breast (1:00.46) and the 200 breast (2:11.71). He was second in the 200 fly (2:01.81).

Sophomore Scott Hayes (Lock Haven/Jersey Shore) finished third in the 400 IM (4:26.62) behind Matys, while LaValley grabbed third in both the 100 breast (1:01.60) and 200 breast (2:15.37) competitions.

Senior diver Brian Ginochetti (Wyoming/Bishop Hoban) finished second in the one-meter dive (705.85), but he captured the three-meter (741.95).

Women beat Ship, Binghamton in Classic

WEST CHESTER, PA - The West Chester University women’s swimming and diving team picked up a pair of victories at the 1999 Golden Ram Classic.

WCU hosted the four-team event - a prelude to the 1999 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Swimming Championships - on January 22 & 23 in Graham Natatorium.

The Golden Rams began with a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay as sophomore Jessica Grabowy (Vineland, NJ/Vineland), freshman Colleen Heath (Springfield/Springfield - DELCO), sophomore Kristen Krail (North Penn/Hatfield) and senior Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim TWP) combined for a time of 1:53.62.

Grabowy and Heath then teamed up with sophomores Meghan Farrow (Downingtown/ Downingtown) and Allyson Jann (Ivyland/Council Rock) to win the 200 free relay (1:41.86). Farrow was also part of the first-place 800 free relay squad (7:57.42) that featured freshmen Avital Bressler (Israel/Rishon-Le-Zion) and Meredith Eyler (Abingdon, MD/Bel Air), and junior Bevin Sullivan (West Chester/Henderson).

Farrow and Sullivan joined Krail and sophomore Kylene Henry (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Egg Harbor Twp.) to place second in the 400 medley relay (4:10.04).

Individually, Eyler finished second in the 200 free (1:57.46), while Farrow took third (1:59.32) and Bressler grabbed fourth (1:59.44). Bressler also placed second in the 500 free (5:13.00) as Eyler claimed third (5:13.90). Bressler then took second in the 1650 free (17:43.08).

Farrow chipped in a second-place time in the 100 free (55.23) for the Golden Rams, while sophomore Heather Harrison (West Chester/Henderson) was third in the 200 back (2:18.10).

The veteran contingent of Palmer, Sullivan and Krail provided the Golden Rams with much-needed team points.

Palmer was around the top finishers throughout the meet. She placed second in the 400 IM (4:40.31), won the 100 breast (1:08.40), took second in the 200 IM (2:11.10), and finished third in both the 200 fly (2:13.52) and 200 breast (2:31.98).

Sullivan almost matched Palmer’s performance. She grabbed third in the 400 IM (4:44.89) and 100 fly (1:01.28) events before winning the 200 fly (2:11.54). Krail was third in the 100 breast (1:09.66) and second in the 200 breast (2:30.98).

The women’s competition ended with the WCU 400 free relay quartet of Bressler, Eyler, Farrow and senior Devon Hylander (Burke, VA/Dunwoody, GA) teaming up for a victory (3:41.86).

Febuary 5

West Chester Swimming Teams Split at Bloomsburg

Men Win, While Women Suffer Tough Defeat

BLOOMSBURG, PA - Freshman Todd Albert (Pottstown/O.J. Roberts) won the 200-yard fly (2:11.99) and the 200 free (1:48.74), and senior Dan Markle (West Chester/Henderson) captured the 50 free (22.91) and the 200 IM (2:06.98) as the West Chester University men’s swimming team beat Bloomsburg 133-61 today.

Junior Brett LaValley (York/Dallastown) won the 100 free (49.80) and freshman Steve Mazurek (Langhorne/Neshaminy) captured the 200 back (2:05.27).

The West Chester University women saw senior Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim TWP) take botht he 200 IM (2:13.59) and the 200 fly (2:13.96), but Bloomsburg came away with a 113-90 victory.

Freshman Avital Bressler (Israel) won both the 1000 (10:57.54) and 500 free (5:16.74) events.

The men are now 6-4 on the season, while the women fall to 7-3. The Golden Rams are off until they host the 1999 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Swimming Championships in Graham natatorium on Feb. 18-20.

Febuary 6

Golden Rams Swimmers Take Four in Connecticut

Matt Matys, Alexis Palmer named PSAC Swimmers of the Week 

NEW HAVEN, CT - The West Chester University women's swimming & diving team swept Southern Connecticut State and Kutztown University at a tri-meet event in New Haven, CT, on Saturday evening. The Golden Rams improved their record to 7-2 in 1998-99.

WCU defeated the Owls of SCSU 283-65 and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference rival Kutztown 217-141.

Sophomore diver Marissa Grabowy (Vineland, NJ/Vineland) won the one-meter event (193.45) and sophomore Erin Hourigan (Glen Lyon/Bishop Hoban) took second with a 156.45 to give the Golden Rams a boost.

Individually, junior Bevin Sullivan (West Chester/Henderson) won the 1650 free (18:22.12), while senior Devon Hylander (Burke, VA/Dunwoody, GA) was second (18:53.31). Sophomore Kristen Krail (North Penn/Hatfield) captured the 200 breast (2:32.29), while Sullivan took third (2:39.26). Krail was third in the 400 IM (4:54.45).

The Golden Rams were strong in the relay competition as WCU's 400 free relay teams threw a one-two punch. The foursome of sophomore Meghan Farrow (Downingtown/Downingtown), senior Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim TWP), sophomore Heather Harrison (West Chester/Henderson) and sophomore Jessica Grabowy (Vineland, NJ/Vineland) won the event with a time of 3:47.26. Farrow also was second in the 500 free solo event (5:28.71).

The quartet of Hylander, and freshmen Meredith Eyler (Abingdon, MD/Bel Air), Avital Bressler (Israel/Rishon-Le-Zion) and Colleen Heath (Springfield/Springfield-DELCO) took second (3:50.36) in the 400 free relay.

The 400 medley relay team of sophomore Kylene Henry (Egg Harbor Twp., NJ/Egg Harbor Twp.), Krail, Palmer and Farrow teamed up to win the event with a 4:13.62. Individually, Palmer won the 200 back (2:16.55) and the 100 fly (59.65).

In the 200 free relay, the Golden Rams foursome of Heath, Sullivan, Eyler and Jessica Grabowy placed second (1:46.03), while Henry, Krail, Palmer and Farrrow took third (143:26). Palmer, Hylander, Bressler and Downing won the 800 free (8:14.55).

The 200 medley relay team of Henry, Krail, Palmer and Farrow (1:54.81) placed second, while the third-place team of Heath, Sullivan, Grabowy and Farrow posted a third-place mark of (1:56.82).

Eyler won the 200 IM (2:16.94) and the 400 IM (4:49.38), and was second in the 100 free (56.03) and 100 breast (1:12.30), while Harrison was third (2:20.72) in the 200 IM, 200 back (1:05.99) and the 200 free (2:03.70). Hylander placed third in the 50 free (26.03) and second in the 200 free (2:03.17).

The Golden Rams dominated the 200 fly event by finishing 1-2-3. Bressler won the competition (2:17.16), while freshman Tara Downing (Chester Springs/Downingtown) placed second (2:18.65) and sophomore Shaila de los Santos (Leesport/Schuylkill Valley) grabbed third (2:28.63). Downing was third in the 100 fly (1:02.99), while de los Santos took third in the 500 free (5:28.92).

WCU men surface above .500 with twin wins over
SCSU, Kutztown

NEW HAVEN, CT - Fresh off a triple victory last weekend in the Golden Ram Classic, the West Chester University men's swimming team defeated Kutztown University and Southern Connecticut state to improve its record to 5-4.

The two-day tri-meet was hosted by Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT, on Saturday and Sunday, January 30 & 31. The Golden Rams beat Kutztown 193.5-135.5, and also posted a 215-124 win over host SCSU.

The WCU 200 medley relay squad of junior Jeff Schell (Phoenixville/Spring- Ford), freshman Patrick Johnson (Ardmore/Harriton), junior Chris Fender (Swarthmore/O'Hara) and freshman Steve Mazurek (Langhorne/Neshaminy) finished first with a 1:54.81.

Mazurek won the 500 free (4:45.90) and was third in both the 400 IM (4:27.66) and 200 IM (2:01.42). Sophomore Sebastien Maeder (Lebanon/Cedar Crest) placed second in the 500 free (5:02.78), while Schell finished second in the 200 back (2:03.24).

Freshmen Matt Matys (Boothwyn/Chichester) and Todd Albert (Pottstown/O.J. Roberts) went one-two in the 100-yard butterfly event. Matys posted a time of 52.21, while Albert finished second with a 52.40. Matys also helped the Golden Rams complete the 500 free sweep by taking third with a time of 5:02.98. He placed third in the 50 free (22.70).

Albert then teamed up with Fender, junior Brett LaValley (York/Dallastown) and senior Dan Markle (West Chester/Henderson) to capture the 200 free (1:27.82) event. Albert, Schell, LaValley and Fender combined for a first-place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:41.33), while Maeder, Johnson, Schell and Fender added to the WCU relay domination by winning the 400 freestyle (3:15.61).

Markle went solo in the 50 free, winning the event with a time of 21.80, while LaValley's individual event resulted in a victory in the 100 free (47.05).

Sophomore Grant Clark (Malvern/Home Schooled in Great Valley School District) took third in the 100 backstroke (57.85), while sophomore Scott Hayes (Lock Haven/Jersey Shore) won the 100 breast (1:01.45). Clark also placed second in the 200 fly (2:05.00), just behind Albert who won the event (2:00.36). Clark also grabbed a victory in the 200 breast (2:13.69).

Palmer, Matys honored again by PSAC.

LOCK HAVEN, PA - For the second time this season, senior Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim TWP) and freshman Matt Matys (Boothwyn/Chichester) have been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Female and Male Swimmers of the Week, respectively.

The honor was announced on February 4 by the PSAC Office in Lock Haven, PA.

In the Southern Connecticut tri-meet, the WCU women’s team improved to 7-2 with a pair of victories over Kutztown and host SCSU, while the men surfaced above the .500 plateau at 5-4 with a pair of wins. The event took place in New Haven, CT, on January 30 & 31.

Palmer posted the fastest dual-meet mark in Golden Ram women’s history in the 100-yard butterfly (59.65), then she recorded a time of 1:58.24 in the 200 free. Her time in the 200 free event was the second fastest on the club this season.

Palmer also registered a 2:16.55 in the 200 backstroke - the fastest time on the team during the 1998-99 campaign.

A strong candidate for PSAC Men’s Rookie of the Year, Matys posted the fastest dual-meet time (4:45.90) in school history in the 500 free. He also earned a 21.84 in the 50 free (fastest time on team this year) and a 47.50 in the 100 free (fastest dual meet time in school history). Matys won all three events.

In the 100 fly competition, Matys won the event with a 52.40 in the 100 fly. His time was the second fastest this season only to freshman Todd Albert (who won the event in 52.21 (which is the fastest dual meet time in school history). Matt won all of the first three events above and continues to show his versatility and heart. He should be the rookie of the year and possibly even the swimmer of the year in the PSAC by the time all is said and done.

Febuary 19

Golden Ram Swimmers Primed For Run at PSAC's

Matt Matys, Alexis Palmer, Dan Markle named PSAC Swimmers of the Week

WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY of PA - The West Chester University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams finished the 1998-99 regular season with a combined 13 victories out of a possible 20 events.

The strength of schedule combined with an excellent .650 winning percentage has landed each Golden Ram squad in the Top 10 in Division II entering the 1999 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Swimming Championships.

That event, currently being hosted by West Chester University (Feb. 18-20) in Graham Natatorium, is featuring 20 men’s and women’s teams from 12 of the PSAC’s 14 member institutions.

The WCU men’s team (6-4) is now ranked 11th in Division II, while the women (7-3) climbed to eighth in the nation. The men are the top-rated PSAC team.

Golden Rams pick up four wins in Conn.

NEW HAVEN, CT - The West Chester University swimming & diving teams swept Southern Connecticut State and Kutztown University at a tri-meet event hosted by Southern Connecticut in New Haven, CT, on January 30 & 31.

The WCU women defeated the Owls of SCSU 283-65 and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference rival Kutztown 217-141, while the men swept Kutztown (193.5-135.5) and Southern Connecticut (215-124) as well.

The Golden Rams were led by senior Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim TWP) and freshman Matt Matys (Boothwyn/Chichester), who were named PSAC Female and Male Swimmer of the Week, respectively. The honor was announced on February 4 by the PSAC Office in Lock Haven, PA.

Palmer posted the fastest dual-meet mark in Golden Ram women’s history in the 100-yard butterfly (59.65), then she recorded a time of 1:58.24 in the 200 free. Her time in the 200 free event was the second fastest on the club this season.

She also registered a 2:16.55 in the 200 backstroke - the fastest time on the team during this 1998-99 campaign.

A strong candidate for PSAC Men’s Rookie of the Year, Matys posted the fastest dual-meet time (4:45.90) in school history in the 500 free. He also earned a 21.84 in the 50 free (fastest time on team this year) and a 47.50 in the 100 free (fastest dual meet time in school history). Matys won all three events.

In the 100 fly competition, Matys won the race with a 52.40 in the 100 fly. His time was the second fastest this season only to freshman Todd Albert (Pottstown/O.J. Roberts), who won the event in 52.21. Albert’s time was the fastest dual meet mark in WCU history.

Golden Rams split with Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG, PA - The West Chester University men’s and women’s swimming teams split their season finale with Bloomsburg University on February 6. The men defeated Bloomsburg 133-61, while the women lost 113-90.

The men were led by the one-two punch of the 400-yard medley relay teams which posted a gold and silver medal in the opening race.

The quartet of junior Jeff Schell (Phoenixville/Spring-Ford), sophomore Grant Clark (Malvern/Home Schooled in the Great Valley School District), freshman Patrick Johnson (Ardmore/Harriton) and junior Chris Fender (Swarthmore/Cardinal O’Hara) won the event (3:50.33), while the foursome (3:51.91) of freshman Steve Mazurek (Langhorne/Neshaminy), sophomore Scott Hayes (Lock Haven/Jersey Shore), freshman Matt Matys (Boothwyn/Chichester) and sophomore Sebastien Maeder (Lebanon/Cedar Crest) placed second.

Matys finished second in the 1000 free (10:22.32), while freshman Todd Albert (Pottstown/O.J. Roberts) won the 200 free (1:48.74) and 200 fly (2:11.99). Senior Sebastien Verstraet (France) was second in both the 200 free (1:50.21) and 500 free (5:02.77) events.

The 200 IM (2:06.98) saw senior Dan Markle (West Chester/Henderson) finish first. He then returned to capture the 50 Free (22.91). Johnson was second in the 50 free (23.93), while Clark’s time of 2:12.99 in the 200 fly was also good enough for second place

Junior Brett LaValley (York/Dallastown) won the 100 free (49.80) to pick up some key team points for the Golden Rams, while the 200 backstroke (2:05.17) was claimed by Mazurek.

LaValley was also second in the 200 breast (2:18.13) and Hayes placed second in the 200 back (2:11.05).

The Golden Rams closed out the event with a victory in the 400 free relay (3:19.11). Verstraet, Markle, Albert and Clark combined for the triumph.

Markle’s three victories - two individual and one relay - earned him PSAC Male Swimmer of the Week honors for February 9.

For the women’s team, freshman Avital Bressler (Israel/Rishon-Le-Zion) grabbed the 1000 free (10:57.54) and 500 free (5:16.74) to continue her domination in those two events.

Senior Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim) won the 200 IM (2:13.59) and 200 fly (2:13.96) events, while junior Bevin Sullivan (West Chester/Henderson) finished second in each. Sullivan posted a 200 IM time of 2:16.39 and a 200 fly mark of 2:14.47.

Sophomore Kristen Krail (North Penn/Hatfield) claimed second place in the 200 breast stroke (2:32.30).

In the women’s 400 free relay (3:47.53), it was freshman Meredith Eyler (Abingdon, MD/Bel Air), sophomores Meghan Farrow (Downingtown/Downingtown) and Heather Harrison (West Chester/Henderson), and senior Devon Hylander (Burke, VA/Dunwoody, GA) teaming up for a victory.

Febuary 22

 West Chester wins 1st PSAC title since 1970

WEST CHESTER, PA - The Clarion University women’s swimming team’s reign is over.

West Chester picked up a pair of victories in the 1650 free and 200 breast stroke events. Avital Bressler (Israel/Rishon-Le-Zion) won the 1650 free (17:26.41), while Kristen Krail (Hatfield/North Penn) captured the 200 breast stroke (2:24.97).

The West Chester University men’s swimming team used three first-place finishes on the final day of competition to claim its first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship since 1970.

WCU has won 12 Championships overall, but the first 11 occurred from 1959-70.

The event was hosted by West Chester University in its Graham Natatorium and concluded on Saturday, Feb. 20.

The Golden Rams used the victory in the 400 free relay by Brian Birnbrauer (Lansdale/Lansdale Catholic), Dan Markel (West Chester/Henderson), Sebastien Verstraet (France) and Todd Albert (Pottstown,/O.J. Roberts) to clinch the title. The foursome posted a time of 3:07.22.

WCU’s Matt Matys (Boothwyn/Chichester) continued his domination at the PSAC’s, winning the 200 back (1:52.59), while Grant Clark (Malvern/Home Schooled) captured the 200 breast (2:06.46).

WCU posted 413.5 team points to finish ahead of Clarion (394.5) and Shippensburg (333).

"I am out of adreneline," WCU head coach Jamie Rudisill stated after the exhausting three-day meet. "I am spent. I am so happy for the guys. They seized the opportunuity."

West Chester had only 13 athletes entered in the competition. Teams were allowed to enter 18

"They began calling themselves the Dirty Baker’s Dozen," Rudisill said.

Women’s 200 free relay finished fourth (1:39.26). It consisted of Colleen Heath (Springfield/Springfield - DELCO), sophomore Kylene Henry (Egg Harbor TWP, NJ/Egg Harbo TWP), sophomore Kristen Krail (Hatfield/North penn0 and senior Devon Hylander (Burke, VA/Dunqwoody, GA)

Women’s 500 saw Avital Bressler finish second (5:09.13) and second in the 200 fly (2:11.58).

Meredith Eyler (Abingdon, MD/Bel Air) was third in the 500 free with a 5:09.76. She was fourth in the 200 IM (2:13.23).

Senior Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim TWP) finished fifth in the 200 IM 2:13.78 and second in the 100 fly (59.89). Junior Bevin Sullivan (West Chester/Henderson) was sixth in the 200 IM with a 2:14.81. Sullivan finsihed second in the 400 IM (4:42.28). she was third in the 200 fly (2:11.71)

200 medley relay finished fourth (1:51.34) Heath, Krail, Palmer and Meghan Farrow (Downingtown/ Downingtown).

800 free relay team finished fourth (7:54.48) Farrow, Bressler, Eyler and Palmer

Finished fourth in the 400 free relay (3:39.16) Farrow, Eyler, Henry, and Heath

Todd Albert won the 50 free (21.38) and was second in the 100 fly (51.12) and third in the 200 fly (1:57.48).

Febuary 25

 Golden Rams Claim First Men's Title Since 1970

Matys named PSAC Swimmer of the Week again
Women take 4th behind Krail, Bressler

WEST CHESTER, PA - Six times freshman swimmer Matt Matys (Boothwyn/Chichester) was called to the podium to accept a first-place award.

Each of those times the West Chester University men’s swimming team accrued valuable team points which ultimately culminated in the 1999 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championship.

The Golden Rams claimed their first PSAC title since 1970 by edging Clarion University 413.50-394.50 in the three-day event that concluded on February 20.

West Chester University hosted the PSAC Championships in Graham Natatorium for the fifth time this decade. WCU now owns 12 PSAC Championships overall, but the first 11 occurred from 1959-70.

"I am out of adrenaline," drained WCU head coach Jamie Rudisill stated after the exhausting three-day meet that saw his first PSAC Championship. "I am spent. I am so happy for the guys. They seized the opportunity."

The Golden Rams "seized" the opportunity by winning the crown without a full complement of entries. Teams were allowed to submit up to 18 athletes for the Championships, but the Golden Rams registered 13 for what will go down is WCU lore as the "Dirty Baker’s Dozen."

Matys claimed a PSAC Championship in six different events over the three days. He won the 200-yard backstroke (1:52.59), the 200 IM (1:54.34) and the 100 back (52.23), and he was part of three relay teams which finished first.

For his efforts, he was named the PSAC Male Swimmer of the Week on February 23 for the third time this year.

Matys then teamed up with seniors Dan Markle (West Chester/Henderson) and Sebastien Verstraet (France), and freshman Todd Albert (Pottstown/O.J. Roberts) to steal the 200 free relay in a time of 1:25.18.

Matys, Markle, Verstraet and sophomore Brian Birnbrauer (Lansdale/Lansdale Catholic) combined to win the 800 free relay (6:58.74), while the 200 medley relay (1:36.04) team of Matys, sophomore Grant Clark (Malvern/Home Schooled), Albert and Verstraet finished second. Verstraet also took sixth in the 200 free (1:53.44).

Like Matys, Clark was a three-time solo winner for the Golden Rams as well. He captured the 200 breast (2:06.46), 400 IM (4:07.38) and 100 breast (57.97) events. He then joined the 400 medley relay squad of Matys, Albert and Markle to finish first (3:27.05). Albert, meanwhile, earned a PSAC Championship in the 50 free by winning the event in 21:38.

The Golden Rams did claim a victory in the 400 free relay without Matys. Birnbrauer, Markel, Verstraet and Albert recorded a time of 3:07.22 to finish first.

In addition to his solo victory, Albert was also second in the 100 fly (51.12) and third in the 200 fly (1:57.48). Birnbrauer tied for fourth in the 50 free (21.82), placed second in the 200 free (1:45.55) and was third in the 100 free (47.44).

Markle also turned in key solo performances for the Golden Rams, winding up third in the men’s 200 free (1:46.13) and fourth in the 100 free (47.51).

Other Golden Rams recording solid finishes included sophomore Scott Hayes (Lock Haven/Jersey Shore), who was fifth in the 400 IM (4:19.18), and junior Brett LaValley (York/Dallastown), who took fourth in the 100 breast (59.70).

Krail, Bressler are PSAC Champions

WEST CHESTER, PA - The West Chester University women’s swimming team finished fourth at the 1999 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships by posting 275 team points.

The three-day conference championships were hosted by WCU in its Graham Natatorium February 18-20. The Golden Rams picked up a trio of individual titles in the 1650-yard free, 100 breast and 200 breast events.

Freshman Avital Bressler (Israel/Rishon-Le-Zion) won the 1650 free (17:26.41), while sophomore Kristen Krail (Hatfield/North Penn) captured the 200 breast (2:24.97) and 100 breast (1:06.99) races. Bressler was also second in the 500 free (5:09.13) and 200 fly (2:11.58).

Freshman Meredith Eyler (Abingdon, MD/Bel Air) turned in a strong PSAC debut by taking third in the 500 free (5:09.76) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:13.23), while senior Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim TWP) wound up her WCU career with a fifth place in the 200 IM (2:13.78) and a second spot in the 100 fly (59.89).

Junior Bevin Sullivan (West Chester/Henderson) picked up key team points for the Golden Rams in three events. She was sixth in the 200 IM (2:14.81), second in the 400 IM (4:42.28) and third in the 200 fly (2:11.71).

Four of WCU’s relay squads placed fourth in the PSAC Championships.

In addition to her individual races, Krail was also part of the fourth-place 200 free relay team which posted a time of 1:39.26. The foursome featured Krail, freshman Colleen Heath (Springfield/Springfield - DELCO), sophomore Kylene Henry (Egg Harbor TWP, NJ/Egg Harbor TWP) and senior Devon Hylander (Burke, VA/Dunwoody, GA).

The 200 medley relay team (1:51.34) was also fourth behind Heath, Krail, Palmer and sophomore Meghan Farrow (Downingtown/Downingtown), while the 800 free relay squad posted a fourth-place time of 7:54.48. Farrow, Bressler, Eyler and Palmer teamed up for the solid run.

The Golden Rams claimed fourth in the 400 free relay (3:39.16) event as well behind Farrow, Eyler, Henry and Heath.

8 Golden Rams set for NCAA II Nationals

WEST CHESTER, PA - Eight West Chester University swimmers and divers have qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in Buffalo, NY, March 10-13. The following is a list of qualifiers:

Men: Matt Matys, Grant Clark, Todd Albert, Dan Markle and Brian Ginochetti.

Women: Alexis Palmer, Avital Bressler and Kristen Krail.

March 2

 Ginocchetti 4th at ECAC's

GLOUCESTER COUNTY, NJ - West Chester University senior diver Brian Ginocchetti (Wyoming/Bishop Hoban) finished fourth on the one-meter board at the 1999 Eastern College Athletic Conference Diving Championships.

The Championships, featuring predominantly Division I programs throughout the Northeastern United States, were held on February 23 and 24.

Ginocchetti also placed ninth on the three-meter board. He will now travel to Buffalo, NY, in early March to compete in the 1999 NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships.

March 24

 Golden Rams Dominate PSAC Swimming Awards

Rudisill gets Coach of the Year;
Matys is Rookie, and Clark earns top Male Athlete Honors

LOCK HAVEN, PA - The West Chester University Golden Rams completed a clean sweep of the 1999 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference men’s swimming awards it was announced today.

Sophomore swimmer Grant Clark (Malvern/Home schooled, but a resident of the Great Valley School District) was named the PSAC Male Swimmer of the Year, while freshman teammate Matt Matys (Boothwyn/Chichester) claimed the PSAC Rookie of the Year honors.

WCU completed the trifecta when head coach Jamie Rudisill was named the 1999 PSAC Men’s Coach of the Year.

Clark won four individual events at the PSAC Championships and was part of a winning relay team. He captured the 200-yard breaststroke, the 100 breaststroke, the 400 IM and the 50 free in helping lead the Golden Rams to their first team title since 1970. Clark also earned All-America status in two events this season - the 200 breaststroke and the 400 IM.

Matys placed first in three individual events and was a part of three winning relay teams at the PSAC Championships this season. He placed in the Top 16 in five events at the NCAA Division II National Championships in early March.

Rudisill guided the Golden Rams to their first PSAC Championship in almost three decades. He completed his 11th season as head coach of the WCU men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs in 1999.

During his tenure, Rudisill has consistently guided the Golden Rams to strong finishes at the NCAA Division II National Championships as both squads placed 13th nationally this year.

Grant, Palmer lead WCU at Nationals

BUFFALO, NY - Eight different West Chester University swimmers and divers earned All-American or Honorable Mention All-American accolades at the 1999 NCAA Division II National Swimming and Diving Championships.

Both the men’s and women’s teams finished 13th at the event hosted by Buffalo, NY, March 10-13.

For the women, senior Alexis Palmer (Lancaster/Manheim TWP) produced one of the best meets of her career by capturing a pair of All-American honors and one Honorable Mention All-American award.

She earned All-American Honors for finishing fifth in the 200-yard butterfly (2:09.14) and sixth in the 100 fly (59.16). She claimed 10th place in the 200 IM (2:10.56) to earn her Honorable Mention.

Freshman Avital Bressler (Israel/Rishon-Le-Zion) also earned an Honorable Mention All-American accolade for her 12th-place finish in the 200 fly (2:21.48), while sophomore Kristen Krail (Hatfield/North Penn) picked up a pair of Honorable Mention awards by finishing ninth in both the 100 breast (1:07.01) and 200 breast (2:26.18).

The men’s team also placed 13th at the Division II Nationals thanks to five Honorable Mention All-American prizes by freshman Matt Matys (Boothwyn/Chichester). Matys was 11th in the 100-yard backstroke (52.76), 12th in the 200 back (1:54.76), and 11th in the 200 IM (1:54.72).

NCAA rules dictate that finishers 1-8 are dubbed All-American, while 9-16 earn Honorable Mention.

Matys was also part of two relay teams earning HMAA accolades. WCU’s 400 medley relay squad tied for 13th (3:10.94) behind the speed of Matys (46.82), senior Dan Markle (West Chester/Henderson - 47.0), sophomore Grant Clark (Malvern/Home schooled in the Great Valley School District - 49.3), and freshman Todd Albert (Pottstown/O.J. Roberts - 47.7).

The foursome then teamed up in the 200 medley relay to claim the 14th spot in a time of 1:36.53.

Individually, Clark earned a pair of All-American honors by taking fifth in the 200 breast (2:06.24) and eighth in the 400 IM (4:08.56).

The diving competition saw senior Brian Ginocchetti (Wyoming/Bishop Hoban) place sixth on the one-meter board with 424.20 points, and third on the three-meter with a 457.45. He earned All-American honors in both events.

April 16

Grant Clark Selected by PSAC For His Excellent Season

Sophomore All-American Becomes Winter Top 10 Recipient
For Work in Pool & Classroom
 

Lock Haven, PA - The Sports Information Directors of the Pennsylvania State Athletics Conference have chosen West Chester University sophomore swimmer Grant Clark (Malvern/Home Schooled within the Great Valley School District) as a 1998-99 Winter Top Ten Award recipient.

This group of 10 PSAC stellar student-athletes includes five All-Americans, four Academic All-Americans, three PSAC Athletes of the Year, three former Top Ten Award winners and one national champion.

The Top Ten Awards recognize student-athletes who distinguish themselves in the classroom, as well as in the arena of competition. The conference designates Top Ten Award winners after each of the competitive sports seasons - fall, winter and spring.

To be a candidate for the Top Ten Awards, a student-athlete must achieve a minimum 3.25 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key reserve with legitimate athletic credentials. Only student-athletes from the winter sports season are eligible for the Winter Top Ten Awards. Those sports include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s swimming, and wrestling.

The members of the 1998-99 PSAC Winter Top Ten also include women’s basketball players Molly Carr of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Heather Corby of California University, Heather Kearney of Slippery Rock University and Ashley Totedo of Shippensburg; men’s swimmer Dan Pierce of Clarion; women’s swimmer Christina Tillotson of Clarion; and wrestlers Ken Haines of Lock Haven and Stan Spoor of Clarion.

The Top Ten Awards provide the PSAC an extra tier in the recognition of the top student-athletes in the circuit. Already awarded are the Scholar-Athlete awards which recognize student-athletes on all PSAC squads with 3.25 cumulative GPAs or better. Additionally, the PSAC names the top Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of Year.

Clark led the Golden Rams to their first PSAC Championship since 1970 by winning the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, and the 400-yard individual medley. He was also part of the winning 400 medley relay team at the event.

Clark is majoring in marketing and carries a 3.68 G.P.A. He earned All-America accolades this year by finishing fifth in the 200 breast and eighth in the 400 IM at the NCAA Division II National Championships. Clark was a 1998 Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America Academic All-American.


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