Swimming and Diving: Cougars best PSU-Altoona and Franciscan University

The Chatham University Cougars’ swimming and diving team bested both PSU-Altoona and Franciscan University on Saturday, February 1. The Cougars defeated PSU-Altoona 186-62 and Franciscan 160-102.

The star of the Cougars’ diving team was Alexis Rectenwald who broke school records in both the one-meter and three-meter dive competitions.

Rectenwald racked up 253.90 points in the one-meter dive, with teammates Emily Hinson and Kianna Hedjazi taking the second and third place positions, respectively. Rectenwald again finished first in the three-meter dive, scoring 249.00 points. Hediazi and Hinson took the second and third place slots with 244.90 and 210.80 points.

Chatham won eight events in the pool, including the 200-yard medley relay and the 200 yard freestyle relay which both took first place.

First years Theresa Schrider and Elina Lankinen showed their skills, with Schrider winning the 100-yard breaststroke and Lankinen taking first in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Junior Hilary Lotz took first in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke competitions. Sophomore Melissa Puskar took first in the 50-yard freestyle.

Chatham University’s Senior’s Night was extra special for Paige Carrigan who got first in the 500-yard freestyle, breaking her personal best time with 6:01.37. She was honored alongside Tasha Jordan who also competed.

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