BEREA, OHIO – A trio featuring sophomore men's diver Anjel Clemente (Rensselaer, Ind.), freshman men's swimmer Triston Mahoney (Titusville, Fla.) and junior women's swimmer Emily Clark (Peru, Ind.) placed their names among the Manchester University annals Saturday, Nov. 5.
Clark, helping lead the Black and Gold women's team to a 58-point total in a dual against fellow Ohio Athletic Conference member Baldwin-Wallace, established a new standard in the 200-yard backstroke. Her time of 2:32.27 overtook the old mark of 2:35.32 by better than three seconds. Her third-place finish was one of three on the afternoon for her at B-W's natatorium. The Spartans did gather one event championship, as the quartet of sophomores Annie Barce (Fowler, Ind.), Megan Erwin (Attica, Ind.) and Mikki Goetz (Highland, Ind.) and freshman Tiffany Reith (Goshen, Ind.) turned in a 1:59.68 mark in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Clemente and Mahoney helped highlight a strong 73-point outing for the men against the Yellow Jackets. Clemente, in the first-ever diving attempt by a Spartans' male athlete, won the six-dive, one-meter competition (224.45 points) and was a narrow second to the hosts' Jon Irvin in the five-dive event (148.4-140.6). Mahoney reset the program's 200-yard freestyle record, clocking a 1:55.01, as he compiled an event title (100-yard freestyle – 50.67 seconds) and was runner-up in the 200-yard freestyle individually and with the relay crew. Sophomore Guerby Ruuska (Rensselaer, Ind.) added a three event victory for Coach Mike Kroll's squad, claiming the 50-yard backstroke (28.21 seconds).
The Black and Gold open their 2016-17 home schedule Saturday, Nov. 12. Urbana University of Ohio and Eureka University of Illinois come to North Manchester and the Strauss-Peabody Aquatic and Fitness Center for a 1 p.m. triangular.