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Falcons Arrive Late, Can't Outswim Susquehanna
Posted: 1/13/2012
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Messiah's Zach McCardle (above) finished second in the Men's 200 yard Freestyle with a time of 1:54.83.

Selinsgrove, PA - On Friday Night the Falcons traveled to Susquehanna University for a 6:00 p.m. swim meet. Well, thats what they were planning for at least.

Unfortunately, the Bus company sent the bus too late and it did not show up on time. How late were the Falcons in getting to Susquehanna? Only about an hour and ten minutes later than expected.

The team was still prepared to take on Susquehanna despite the late start and preparation that they received.

In the first event of the evening the Falcons finished third in the Women's 400 yard medley relay. Kate Reiter, Amanda White, Nicole Barberides, and Hannah Teklits finished with a time of 4:33.77, only 11 seconds behind Susquehanna's first place team.

The Falcons first win of the evening came in the seventh event. Hannah Schaffer finished strong and just nudged out Alex Bornman by .43 seconds.

In the next event the Falcons kept up the pace with Nate Brown winning the Men's 50 yard Freestyle with a time of 22.66.

Immediately after that event Katelynn Sagaser broke the school record in the 400 yard IM with a time of 4:56.99.

"Katelynn has swam well for us all year. She continues to get better and better and hopefully will keep breaking records as the season goes on," commented head coach Nancy Luley for the Falcons.

Sagaser went on to later win the Women's 100 yard backstroke in convincing fashion, beating her closest competitor by 5 seconds.

Despite many strong showings the Falcons could not outswim Susquehanna and both the Men's and Women's lost.

"We swam strong even though we had the late start with the bus," stated Luley. She went on to add, "Susquehanna is a great team and I believe we came out with a solid performance. This was an excellent test for us to see where we are at during this point of the season. I'm excited for us to build off of this meet and finish out strong during the rest of the season."

The Falcons next meet is tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. against Kings and Arcadia. The team is celebrating its first class of Seniors who have been with the program all four years of their collegiate career's.