Grand Canyon Falls at Northern Arizona



The Grand Canyon University women's swim team today concluded their regular season with a Western Athletic Conference dual meet at Northern Arizona University. 

The Antelopes fell, 168-125, in the meet that was contested in a 25-meter pool at the Wall Aquatic Center, as opposed to the normal 25-yard pool. The results reflect the times of that distance.

GCU set five pool records on the day, three of which came from swims by Hannah Kastigar.

"Our women's team put up a great fight against NAU," said head coach Steve Schaffer. "Even with being outscored in diving events 32-0, and swimming at 7000-feet elevation, we raced extremely well and the women really showed how much they have grown this season."
  
GCU opened the meet with a win the 200-medley relay behind the swims of Iryna Glavnyk, Kathleen Robertson, Rebecca Coan, and Jovanna Koens. The team touched the wall in 1:56.46, over three seconds faster than the second-best time en route to setting a new pool record.

Glavynk picked up back to back individual wins in the 200-free with a time of 2:05.70, and the 100-back after clocking in at 1:03.50.

Kastigar touched the wall first in the 200-fly with a time of 2:17.83, a new pool record. She was followed by teammates Inha Kotsur (2:23.88) and Coan (2:25.10) who finished second and third, respectively to complete the sweep.

Koens and Catherine Polito went 1-2 in the 50-free with times of 26.26 seconds and 26.87 seconds, respectively. That time for Koens set a pool record.

Koens added another individual victory in the 100-free after coming in at 57.82 
seconds.

Kastigar posted a mark of 2:18.17 in the 200-back for her second win of the day and had another first-place finish in the 200-IM with a time of 2:20.44. Her marks in both events were also pool records.

"NAU is the top team in the WAC and we had them worried," added Schaffer. "I think the altitude took a toll on our girls in the second half of the meet as they were swimming their third and fourth events, but I am very proud of how tough they swam. This meet will give us a lot of confidence going into the WAC Championships."
 
Both GCU's men's and women's teams will next be in action when they compete in their first-ever WAC Championship on Feb. 26-March 1 in San Antonio, Texas.

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