The Lion’s senior night at the Junker Center ended in their favor on Saturday when the Behrend men’s swim team defeated Pitt-Bradford, 151-119, in another Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) event. After the women’s team swam their heat, it was the men’s turn to do the 400m-medley relay. The relay team, made up of sophomore Javier Solivan, senior Clay Altemose, sophomore Daniel Simon and sophomore Justin Prichard, came in first with a time of 3:36.76. Solivan made a splash by coming first again in both the 200m freestyle (1:51.61) and the 200m breaststroke (2:21.79) with senior Eric Pierce coming in a close second with 2:23.84. Sophomore Ryan Mitcheltree came in first, nearly uncontested, in the 200m butterfly with a time of 2:05.68 as well as a first in the 500m freestyle (5:15.06). In the marathon-esque 1000m freestlye, Behrend led the boards with three swimmers in the first three spots. Freshman Ty Elder took first place comfortably with 11:08.79 with Simon and sophomore Will Belsterling taking second (11:19.63) and third (12:08.77) respectively. The board was again dominated by the Lions in the 50m freestyle with four swimmers in the top four. First was freshman Matt Myers with 23:56, second was freshman Zach Orosz with 26.75, then Belsterling with 26.81, and finally freshman Dan Zora took fourth with 27.72. Senior Everett Sargent just missed a first place finish by .23 seconds in the 100m breaststroke (1:04.48). Finally, in diving, sophomore Andrew Neder earned the scores of 162.85 and 232.50 on the three-meter board for first place. The Lions lost to Mt. Union on Sunday Jan. 27, ending a three meet winning streak, but the team will return for another chance at victory against St. Vincent away on Feb. 2 at 1:00 p.m.
A season’s success cannot always be judged solely on wins and losses. For instance, the Penn State Behrend women’s basketball team began this season with 11 straight losses, and they currently have a record of 4-14. However, the team has gone 4-3 in their last seven games and won three of their last four. Considering the struggles and setbacks the team has faced this season, they’ve made a significant turnaround and have a lot to be proud of.