Several Behrend Lions Swimmers Earn AMCC All-Conference Awards
Several of the Penn State Behrend Lions men's and women's swimming and diving teams earned AMCC All-Conference selections for their hard work and success throughout the season.
The top award winners for the men's team saw Newcomer of the Year go to Clay Altemose (Apollo/Apollo-Ridge), Swimmer of the Year to Josh Weaver (Franklin/Franklin) and Diver of the Year to Steve Graves (McMurry/Peters Twp.). For the women, Stefanko (Elizabeth/Elizabeth Forward) was named Newcomer of the Year while Anne Lawrence (State College/State College) was named Swimmer of the Year and Krystal Kovach (Scott Twp./Chartiers Valley) was once again named Diver of the Year. Head Coach Jen Wallace was named Coach of the Year for both the men and the women.
The First Team All-AMCC was loaded with Behrend men's swimmers. Frank Sullivan (Montoursville/Montoursville), Altemose, Everett Sargent (Gibsonia/Pine Richland) and Dane Dombrosky (Mt.Pleasant/Mt.Pleasant) all were named to the team in the 200 free relay event. Dombrosky would also take the 500 free while Sullivan would be named First Team in the 50 free. Joining these swimmers on the First Team were: Graves, Weaver, Ben Strunk (Cogan Station/Williamsport), Hunter Backenstose (Downingtown/Downingtown East), Andrew Opalewski (Slippery Rock/Slippery Rock), Brian Mong (Franklin/Franklin) and John Kelley (New Kensington/Burrell).
The Behrend Lions women's swimming and diving also loaded up the First Team with many top performers. Katie VanEpps (Pleasantville/Pleasantville), Hilary MacManus (Beaver Falls/Blackhawk), Julie Cook (Warren/Warren) and Danielle Wilson (Pittsburgh/Plum) made up the 200 free relay first team. MacManus would also take home the honors in the 50 free while VanEpps would be named as the leader of the 400 IM. Joining these swimmers on the First Team were: Lawrence, Kovach, Stefanko, and Brittany Tanilli (Gibsonia/Deer Lakes). MaryEllen Spooner (Springfield/West Springfield), Jenny LaFuria (North East/North East) and Heather Vickery (Bradford/Bradford) rounded out the swimmers named to the All-AMCC.
The Penn State Behrend swimming and diving teams captured the 2010 AMCC Championship in dominating fashion. They both recorded the highest point totals in school history and several meet and school records were set in the process.