Clarion U. Sports Roundup: Spender Sets Three Records for Men’s Swimming

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AKRON, Ohio – Clarion junior Ben Spencer picked up right where he left off Friday evening, helping to break a trio of school records for the Clarion Golden Eagles men’s swimming team on day two of the Zippy Invitational.

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The Blue and Gold Currently sit at fifth overall in the standings with 482 points.

“Tonight was another great night of fast swimming, but we have one more very important day left,” head coach Brehan Kelly Said. “Clarion tradition has always been to finish strongest on the final day of a three-day meet, and I want to see that happen again tomorrow.”

After Spencer broke an individual record in the 200 IM and helped set a new record in the 400 individual medley relay Friday night, the Tunkhannock, Pa. native got right back into the record books Saturday evening. Spencer’s time of 4:00.01 in the 400 individual medley was enough to topple the first record of the night. He followed up that performance with another dynamic swim shortly thereafter, touching out in 2:02.28 in the 200 breaststroke to secure his third individual record of the weekend.

Finally, the team of Spencer, Ian Lindsey, Josh Thurston, and Robert Hacku broke the 200-meter individual medley relay record with a final time of 1:32.19.

The Golden Eagles will return to action Sunday afternoon at Ocasek Natatorium to close out the third and final day of the meet.

WOMEN’S SWIMMING SEVENTH AT ZIPPY INVITE

AKRON, Ohio – After day two of competition of the Zippy Invitational, the Clarion University women’s swim team remains in 7th place in the overall standings. The invitational will wrap up with the third and final day of competition Sunday afternoon at Ocasek Natatorium.

The Golden Eagles saw an impressive performance in the time trials from one of their youngest swimmers. Freshman Haley Vaughn finished first in her time trial, swimming a 26.56 in the 50 yard freestyle. Through 253 events, the Blue and Gold have amassed a total of 295 points, and are still well within striking distance of climbing in the rankings.

The Blue and Gold sat in seventh place with 135 points after the first night of competition.

TRACK AND FIELD COMPETES AS YOUNGSTOWN STATE

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Clarion University women’s track and field team saw their first action of the indoor season Friday evening, taking part in the YSU Icebreaker in Youngstown, Ohio. They will return to action January 14th when they head to Edinboro for the Al Hall Freedom Games.

Tatiana Cloud enjoyed a strong showing in the women’s 400 meter, finishing with a final time of 58.77, good enough for fourth overall. She also took home a 13th place finish in the 200 meter with a final time of 26.52. Courtney Young and Courtney Corban finished closely behind, crossing within .03 of each other for 25th and 26th, respectively.

Corban also made noise in the 400, finishing 8th overall with a final time of 59.73, while senior Danielle Tarr took home a fifth-place finish in the 800 meter with a time of 2:25.01. Danielle Vensel managed a 6th-place mark in the 5000 meter with a final time of 19:11.38.

Senior Jessica Shomo finished 6th overall in the long jump, jumping a distance of 5.27 meters, while Kari Steuer and Katie Brest took 5th and 7th in the shot put.


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