The stands at Lewellen Aquatic Center were as full as they had been all season, as the Cardinals took to the pool to face in-state rival Indiana State on Senior Day.
Originally supposed to be a three-team meet, Youngstown State was unable to make the trip due to concerns about the weather. The women’s team faced Indiana State, and the men, having no opponent, instead raced each other in an intersquad event. The women were able to take the win, 159-141.
The men were in their second meet of the weekend after losing to Evansville the night before. On their side, senior Ben Andrew won both events he competed in on the night: the 100 butterfly and 50 freestyle.
“We wanted to give it every chance we could to have one more fast swim in here,” Andrew said. “It’s kind of a bummer that the other team wasn’t able to make it, but we were able to have a lot of fun with our underclassmen, compete a little bit. It was some good team bonding.”
The women were led by big nights from freshmen Apsara Sakbun and Shelby Crist, who each won a pair of events. Junior Caitlin Locante, fresh off of setting her personal best in the three-meter dive Thursday, raised it again with a score of 293.40, winning the event in the process.
“I love our seniors,” head coach Jeremy Agnew said. “I love the way they’ve embraced me, the way they’ve embraced this program, the way they stood up and led. We would not be where we are right now without our seniors, and what’s going to happen in the next couple of years is going to be a credit to what they did when they were here.”
The men compete next at the Butler Invitational Jan. 26. As for the women, they are at Ohio Jan 25.