The Golden Rams’ swim teams are back for the spring season as they have the same mindset to win the PSAC title. There are only two meets left until the PSAC Championships: a diving meet versus La Salle and the final PSAC Championship meet. The women’s current record is four wins and five losses, and they are currently on a three meet losing streak. Their record at West Chester is currently four wins and three losses. On the road they share one lone loss and have one neutral loss as well.
Swimming over to the men’s swim team, their current record is eight wins and two losses after dropping a recent meet. The Golden Rams record at West Chester is currently six wins at home and one lone loss at home as well. The Golden Rams’ next two meets were up against the University of Pennsylvania and New York University.
Treading over to the meet versus University of Pennsylvania, the men’s swim team was unable to pull out the victory losing with a score of 164-125. Victor Polyakov was a double winner, but visiting West Chester did not have enough to get past host Penn in a non-league meet at Sheer Pool Friday night, dropping a 164-125 decision. Polyakov won the 500-yard freestyle in four minutes, 37.59 seconds and the 400 Individual Medley in 4:11.51. He placed second in the 200 free with a time of 1:39.53. Also, Golden Ram Michael Oliver was runner-up to Polyakov in the 400 IM while capturing first place in the 200 breaststroke in 2:03.13. Luke Maguire won the 100 butterfly in a time of 50.97 seconds for the Rams as well. Although WCU won six events, they still saw their six-meet win streak come to a close against the Division I Quakers.
Diving into the women’s meet versus University of Penn, the Lady Rams were also unable to capture the win, losing by a score of 185-101. During the meet, Emelie Johansson was a double winner while Tess Hayward helped one relay to a win and posted a pair of runner up performances individually in a non-league meet at Sheer Pool Friday night. Morgan Haney picked up a first-place ribbon in the 100-yard butterfly and led off the 200 free relay. Johansson won the 100 breaststroke in a time of one minute, 9.31 seconds and captured the 400 Individual Medley in 4:39.55. She was runner-up in the 200 breaststroke. Hayward placed second in both the 500 free (5:08.97) and the 200 free (1:55.84). Hayward and Haney were both members of the 200 free relay that posted a winning time of 1:40.26. Even though the Lady Rams won four events, Penn was too deep for the Golden Rams swimming and diving squad and ran off with a 185-101 victory.
As we get near the end of the swimming season, we wish the best to our Golden Rams to swim there way toward a PSAC Championship.
Marcelus Council-Jones is a fourth-year student. He can be reached at MC785844@wcupa.edu.