Women’s Swimming Is Off to a Hot Start

Photo Credit / Ronald Hanaki Senior Kate Zimmerman reacts after completing the 200-yard breaststroke event. Photo Credit / Ronald Hanaki
Senior Kate Zimmerman reacts after completing the 200-yard breaststroke event.

By Ronald Hanaki
Sports Editor

The Women’s Swimming team defeated the Kutztown University Golden Bears 155-104 and the Misericordia University Cougars 188-72 at the tri-meet held last Saturday inside Koehler Fieldhouse’s natatorium.

“It’s a really good start,” said Head Coach Brie Globig. “This was the first time that we did the full program.”

The Millersville Relays on Oct. 7 was an exhibition event.

“We had new PSAC qualifying times, and some of our women lowered their PSAC qualifying times,” said Globig.

Last Saturday’s tri-meet opened with ESU’s dream team of seniors Colleen Dwyer, Kate Zimmerman, Allison Cardow and Annie Fagan winning the 200-yard medley relay in a blistering 1:52.40.

ESU’s distance swimmer Tarah Killane swam the 1,000-yard freestyle in 11:18.80, which was almost 24 seconds ahead of the rest of the competition.

The Warriors finished one-two in the 200-yard freestyle. Sophomore Olivia Lukshides won the event in 2:02.87, and freshman Brianna Bieber finished second in 2:04.99.

Seniors Briana Hall and Fagan are the two sprinters on the team, and they finished one-two in the 50-yard freestyle. Hall won with a time of 24.86, and Fagan was second in 24.97.

Fagan and Lukshides also finished one-two for ESU in the 100-yard freestyle event.

The 200-yard IM may have been the most exciting event of the afternoon. Zimmerman just out-touched Kutztown’s Claire Frank to win the event by 0.01 of a second.

Zimmerman also won the 100-yard breaststroke.

In addition to Zimmerman, Cardow was the other individual two-event winner for the Warriors as she swept the 100-yard and 200-yard butterfly events.

Freshman sensation Brianna Bieber is the new “It Girl” in ESU sports. Bieber finished third to Zimmerman in the 200-yard IM, but her first two split times were actually faster than Zimmerman’s.

Overall, Globig was pleased with the team’s performance.

“I am very happy with where we are right now,” stated Globig.

The Warriors are back in the pool for a home meet against LIU Post this Saturday afternoon.

Email Ronald at: