Sat. Jul 2nd, 2022

The West Chester swimming and diving teams participated in the Cavalier invitational this past weekend, in Charlottesville, Virginia.Thursday was the opening day of the tournament, which hosted power houses such as the University of Virginia, ranked No. 13 in the nation, and Ivy leaguer Yale University.

West Chester’s men’s team came out of the first day of competition in third place, thirty behind Yale for second. Virginia displayed pure dominance in the pool, ending the day with 480 points, almost three hundred ahead of their closest competitor.

West Chester had two shining stars on the day in Max Bernardes and Matt Golebiewski, each of whom qualified for nationals with their quick times in the 500 free. The 200-relay team missed qualifying by one second.

The second day brought the same sequence of events, with Virginia sweeping numerous events with their swimmers and Yale and West Chester tagging along. At the end of the second day, West Chester remained in third place, behind Yale and Virginia.

The 800 free relay qualified for nationals on Friday.

The final day of competition ended the way it had begun, with the top three teams remaining unchanged. The men’s swimming and diving team finished third place behind two of the top Division I teams in the country. They did however end the tournament on a very high note, winning the final competition of the weekend, the 400 free relay, and qualifying that team for nationals.

The women’s team had pretty much the same story of a weekend, ending it in third behind Yale and commanding University of Virginia. They did, however, end the first day in second place, five points ahead of Yale.

On this day, Dana DePaul won one diving event and placed third in another, and the 200 free relay and 400 free relay each qualified for nationals with their times.

The team continued their successes on Friday as they qualified two more teams for nationals, this time in the 200-medley relay and 800 free relay.

As the men’s team did, the Lady Rams swimming squad ended the weekend strong, taking the final event, 400 free relay, and qualifying for nationals, their fifth event of the tournament. They ended third behind Yale and Virginia.

West Chester swimming and diving is off until Jan. 16, where they will take on Johns Hopkins University and TCNJ in a two-day event.

Ryan Frisco is a second-year student majoring in communication studies with a minor in journalism. He can be reached at RF648257@wcupa.edu.

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