The men and women of West Chester University’s swim team competed this past weekend at Cumberland Valley. Both the men and the women came home with PSAC titles. The West Chester Golden Rams captured their ninth consecutive PSAC mens title. Not to be diluted by their teammates, the women Golden Rams also coasted to a PSAC title.
According to the statistics, the men earned their 20th team title in West Chester University history. The men grabbed hold of 907.5 points, beating out their closest opponent by 222.5 points. Bart Ostrowski, originally from Poland, managed to aid his team by gathering three first places (100 freestyle, 200 IM and 200 freestyle) and his third individual conference crown. He was awarded the best male swimmer of the meet. Ostrowski finished his outstanding weekend with a time of 45.65 seconds in the 100 freestyle, which qualifies him for the NCAA. However, according to final standings for the West Chester men, Ostrowski was not the only outstanding performer. Cody Clauser, Mark Iwans and Max Bernardes were among the top finishers in the 1650. Wrapping up the weekend with another first place and a NCAA qualifying time of 3:02.90, was the men’s 400 free relay.
As for the women, statistics show equally exciting performances. The Lady Rams scored an overall 810 points, kicking defending champion Clarion under with a mere 562 points. WCU freshman Jackie Borkowski of Methacton took home the award for best female swimmer of the meet, along with three individual first places (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke). However, Borkowski did not stop there. She went on to set a PSAC record in the 100 backstroke, with an amazing time of 51.6, an NCAA qualifying time. Right along side of Borkowski came Kathrin Dumitru and Katie Brosseau who also came home with three wins each. To conclude the Lady Ram’s weekend they secured an NCAA bid in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:31.83.
The multiple and various individual wins by West Chester’s men and women sets the table for what could be a very successfull NCAA showing.