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Wheeling, W. Va. – Two weeks ago, the Wheeling University Men’s and Women’s Swimming team got the chance to host their first home event since the 2016-2017 season when they took on Bethany College. Two weeks later, they hit the pool again, this time on the road as they travel to take on Salem University on Saturday at 11 AM. Both the men and women are looking to build off of strong performances last time out in this week’s meet.  

Leading the way is the Cardinals’ first Mountain East Conference (MEC) Swimmer of the Week Award winner since that 2016-2017 season, freshman Nathan Yost. Yost picked up three wins in the meet against Bethany, with his fastest time being in the 100-yard Butterfly, where he posted a meet-best time of 58.99 seconds. He also competed and won in the 100-yard Backstroke and 200-yard Breaststroke on his way to winning the award.  

Teammate Ethan Banks also won all three of his races, posting his fastest mark in the 100-yard freestyle, where he finished first with a time of 53.78 seconds. While it may not have resulted in a win on the scoreboard for the men, because Wheeling had two swimmers, they showed that they can compete with some tough competition. As the program continues to grow, those two swimmers will be pillars that will help the program continue to move forward.  

However, on the Women’s side of things, it was a win for the team as they secured the 70-21 victory. Overall, Wheeling secured four individual first-place finishes at the event and two relays first-place finishes. Meredith Mandal and Jade Miller led the way with two individual wins apiece, with Mandal winning the 100-yard freestyle (1:01.62) and the 100-yard Breaststroke (1:19.00) while Miller got wins in the 100-yard Backstroke (1:04.31) and the 200-yard Intermediate (2:19.75).  

Joining Mandal and Miller on the relay teams were Macie Williams and Logan Fields, and the foursome combined for two first-place finishes. They were able to win the 200-yard Medley Relay with a time of 2:03.58 and followed up that performance with a win in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:52.95. It was a great team effort for the women and one they can build off of the rest of the way.  

The Match-up  

Saturday marks the first time ever that Wheeling will be heading to Salem University as they try to make the most of the visit. It will be the team’s second dual meet of the year after their match-up with Bethany last time out. The women hope to pick up another win and get above .500 as a team this season, while the men look to continue to build off of their improved times week in and week out, scoring as many points as possible.  

The Details  

Saturday’s meet is scheduled to begin at 4 PM at Salem University. You can watch the meet live by clicking HERE

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