Penn State-Behrend freshman swimmer, Plum grad, claims four conference titles
By Michael Love
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, 7:24 p.m.
Plum 2013 graduate Mia Pietropola, a freshman on the Penn State-Behrend women's swim team, made the most of her first opportunity at the three-day Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championships last weekend at Grove City.
The Lions women finished fifth out of five in the team standings, but Pietropola closed out swims Saturday with a new AMCC meet, AMCC open and school record with her time of 2:27.54 in the preliminaries of the 200 breaststroke.
She went on to win her third individual title with a new time of 2:28.38 in the finals.
That time was good for fourth overall, as the AMCC shared the pool with the Presidents Athletic Conference, who also held its championship meet at the Grove City pool.
Pietropola swam on the 400 free relay Saturday, and the quartet finished third in the AMCC and ninth overall with a time of 3:56.99.
On day one, Pietropola picked up her first gold medal with a first-place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 2:14.32.
In the preliminaries, she touched the wall in 2:14.26 to set a new AMCC meet and open record along with a new program record.
She also took part in the 400 medley relay on day one, and the team was crowned AMCC champs and took seventh overall with a time of 4:25.14.
Pietropola didn't stop on day two, as she claimed her second individual gold medal.
She placed third overall and first in the AMCC in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:08.34.
Pietropola placed in the top three in all six of her events — three individual and three relay. She added a third-place AMCC finish on day two in the 200 free relay.
The time of 2:00.57 also was good for ninth overall.
Pietropola, who earned the AMCC Highest Point Award for her six-event performance, was one of Behrend's top swimmers all season, and she earned multiple conference swimmer-of-the-week honors.
The Behrend men's swim team captured its eighth straight AMCC title Saturday.
The Lions wrapped up the title on day three, and Plum grad Scott Romanko helped the cause with a third-place finish (2:19.04) in the 200 breaststroke.
During day-two action on Friday, Romanko was a part of the 200 medley relay that took second in the conference and fifth overall with a time of 1:38.31,
He added a sixth place in the AMCC in the 100 butterfly (55.95).
MIchael Love is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5825, at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @Mlove_Trib.
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