The IUP swimming teams are off to a solid start after the pandemic break.

Put your talons up, Hawk Nation. The IUP swimming teams came home from a hot victory at a dual meet Sunday at Clarion.

What is better than one victory?

That would be two victories, and the IUP men’s and women’s team both swept the competition this past weekend. The men took a commanding 127-72; win while the women dominated their competition winning 147-52

They beat the competition, winning 20 out of 22 events. Even more impressive, IUP had an additional 11 second-place finishers. This win has an additional element of satisfaction for IUP since last year this was a meet that they dropped by a margin of 50 points for the women and 55 points for the men’s team.

Along with the team’s success, there were a litany of Crimson Hawks that put up impressive individual victories.

There were plenty of standouts on the men’s team that included Luke Emmerling (junior, biology) in the 1000–meter freestyle (10:50.32); Adam Morrison (freshman, mathematics) in the 100–meter freestyle (49.09) and 200–meter freestyle (1:46.66); Taylor Auger (junior, information systems and decion science) in the 200–meter IM (2:07.48); Ryan Hartmann (junior, mathematical and computer sciences) in the 100–meter butterfly (52.73); Blake Hendricks (freshman, college of natural science and math) in the 100–meter backstroke (54.35); Luke Mikesell (freshman, criminology) in the 500–meter freestyle (4:38.43); and Kyle Mowid (sophomore, Spanish and biology) in the 100–meter breaststroke (1:01.06).

The women’s squad had plenty of standouts as well. There were multiple women who won their individual events.

Olivia Santee (sophomore, criminology) in the 1000–meter free (11:12.45); Michelle Lopes (junior, business) in the 50–meter free (25.56); Rachel Johnson (junior, hospitality) in the 200–meter IM (2:11.22); Iliana Oikonomou (senior, sociology) in the 100–meter free (53.45); Amber Baldani (sophomore, international business) in the 100–meter back (59.99); Colleen Como (junior, nursing) in the 500–meter free (5:32.56); and Claire Mikesell (redshirt senior, health and physical education) in the 100–meter breast (1:05.07).

Paige Mikesell (junior, health and physical education) also stood out because she posted IUP's first NCAA Division II B cut time of the year with a mark of 1:52.72 in winning the 200–meter free.

This was an impressive showing for IUP where they had numerous athletes take individual events.

This was a solid start to an unusual season for the Crimson Hawks. They will be looking to ride their momentum going into their first home meet against Wheeling at 1:00 p.m on Saturday. With their Feb. 21 dual meet at Alfred State being cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, IUP will take whatever competition they can get.

We can hope that, they can take the things they did well in their first meet and translate it to their next. Get ready, Indiana, your Crimson Hawks are coming in hot.

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