California (Pa.) places second
Vulcans won two events while finishing only behind Nebraska
MESA, Ariz. – In its first action in more than a month, the California University of Pennsylvania swimming team finished second at Citrus Classic on Friday while competing against schools from all over the country.
The Vulcans won a pair of events at the event, finishing only behind NCAA Division I foe Nebraska in the team standings with 108 points. The Cornhuskers won the event with 173 points, followed by Cal U and Siena (N.Y.), another NCAA Division I program.
The 200 medley relay of sophomore Kasey Travitz, junior Melissa Gates, freshman Jess Machmer and freshman Clarissa Enslin won the event by seven-hundredths of a second with a time of 1:49.83.
Gates captured an individual victory in the 100 breaststroke after touching the wall in 1:06.73. Her time was more than a second faster than the rest of the field, which featured a handful of NCAA Division I swimmers. She also placed second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.28 seconds.
Enslin also posted impressive individual performances. In the 200 freestyle, she finished second overall behind only Nebraska’s Bailey Pons with a time of 1:56.66. The freshman also placed third in the 50 freestyle after posting a time of 24.60 seconds, behind only two Cornhusker swimmers.
Sophomore Georgia Emert and Machmer posted back-to-back finishes in the 200 IM. The Cal U duo finished eighth (2:16.76) and ninth (2:19.89), respectively, behind six Nebraska and one Siena swimmers. Emert also placed seventh overall behind five Cornhuskers in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:03.65.
Sophomore Caitlyn Sirkoch and freshman Kelsey Nuhfer finished sixth overall in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.52) and 100 freestyle (56.39), respectively, behind four Nebraska swimmers and Gates, a three-time NCAA Division II All-American.
In the 1000 freestyle, freshman Kate Mellon touched the wall in 11:10.15 to place seventh overall behind only six Cornhuskers. Classmate Stephanie Bolt was close behind at 11:21.26 to finish ninth in a field of 21 swimmers.