Pekular caps off strong season with Wheeling Jesuit swimming
College Football Videos
Danielle Pekular just wanted to help the Wheeling Jesuit college swim team find success during her freshman season.
The success couldn't be any greater as the team captured conference championships last week.
The Cardinals men and women's team finished in first place at the Appalachian Swimming Conference Championships. The Wheeling Jesuit women's squad took the gold at the championships with 562 points, besting Brenau (519) and Notre Dame College (501).
“Coming in as a freshman, I just wanted to help the team as much as I could,” the Bishop Canevin grad said. “Wheeling Jesuit is a much bigger team than what I came from. My teammates have been very supportive and I have gotten better time-wise than where I was in high school.”
Pekular helped set a Wheeling Jesuit record in the 400-yard freestyle relay as she and teammates Paige Carpenetti, Meghan Ebbert and Anna Davis finished in third place with a time of 3:37.90.
She also helped the 200 medley relay team finish in second place along with teammates Ebbert, Maria Palmquist and Taylor Suserstic with a time of 1:49.43.
Pekular also finished in fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:00.24), sixth in the 200 backstroke (2:12.98) and 10th in the 50 freestyle (25.11).
The ASC is a NCAA Division II conference and is home to teams from Ohio to Georgia, including Asbury College, Berea College, Berry College, Brenau University, King College, LaGrange College, Malone University, Mars Hill College, Milligan College, Notre Dame College, Union College, Urbana University, Ursuline College, Warren Wilson College and Wheeling Jesuit.
The strong performance was an exclamation point on Pekular's freshman season. Pekular helped the women's team begin the season with a strong showing at the West Virginia State Games.
Held on the campus of West Virginia University, the Cardinals finished in third behind only the Division I Mountaineers and Marshall. Pekular finished in fourth place in the 100 backstroke at the event, not to mention second with the 200 freestyle relay team and fourth with the 400 yard medly relay team.
The team then finished the regular season with a 5-2 record.
Pekular said the biggest thing she had to overcome was the more serious nature of college swimming. Coming from Bishop Canevin, the Crusaders do not have a home pool and the practice schedule can be eratic.
“In high school, everyone is doing the same practice,” Pekular said. “But in college it is more specific and difficult.
“Also, we lift weights in the morning which we didn't do much in high school. It is a much different environment.”
But Pekular said her greatest growth in her approach to her events. Instead of feeling nervous before a race, she is now looking forward to the competition.
“I know I have become more confident in my races,” Pekular said. “I used to be pretty anxious. But I get more excited now.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- District college notebook: IUP senior puts Stamp on program
- Thomas Jefferson grads competing with new Carlow men’s basketball team
- Thiel big man Mallinger thrives on rejection
- Hampton grad’s return from injury buoys La Roche College womens soccer
- Cal U falls to Findlay after earning No. 22 ranking
- Seton Hill women look to improve on 5-win PSAC season
- Even while injured, Jeanette’s Edmunds a contributor for St. Vincent football
- District college notes: Seton Hill volleyball standout garners PSAC honor
- District college football preview: Slippery Rock seeks first NCAA playoff win since 1998
- Duquesne gets better of Robert Morris again
- Cal U cagers split PSAC openers