Chasing its seventh consecutive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title, the IUP men’s golf team couldn’t make up a five-stroke deficit after the opening day of the PSAC Championships and fell short in its title bid Sunday at the Hershey Links Course.
IUP shot a 299 on Sunday and posted a two-day score of 21-over-par 597, finishing four strokes behind Millersville (593) and two shots behind California (595), which made a strong charge in the second round of the championships. The Vulcans improved their second-day total by nine strokes to jump from fifth place to second.
IUP’s Zack Kempa tied for the best individual round of the second day with a 1-under-par 71 The defending PSAC individual champion, Kempa posted a two-day total of even-par 144 to take second place, one stroke behind Millersville’s Conor Gilbert.
Brett Geiser also posted a top-10 finish for IUP, shooting a 1-over 74 Sunday and finishing in a tie for eighth place with a 5-over 149. Kenneth Sames and Max Kirsch finished at 152 and tied for 12th, and Jack Owen finished in a tie for 32nd with a 158.
Millersville is the first team other than IUP to win the PSAC title since West Chester won it in 2006. IUP has the most PSAC golf titles in conference history with 26.
SWIMMING: Allyson Mitidieri won four events for the women, and Zack Fountain won two events on the men’s side as IUP opened the season with first-place finishes at the small-scale Spire Institute Invitational in Geneva, Ohio, on Saturday.
A senior and a returning All-America selection, Mitidieri won four individual events and swam on a first-place relay team as the IUP women took first in 11 of the 15 events. Mitidieri won the 200- and 400-yard individual medleys and the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.
IUP amassed 1,020 points to race away from the four-team field. Edinboro, Gannon and Millersville also competed.
Christina Janosky (500 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle) and Taylor Snyder (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) also won multiple events for the IUP women.
Aniella Janosky added a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly, and IUP won both relay events, the 200 freestyle and 200 medley.
For the IUP men, Fountain won the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Steve Long won the 100 butterfly, and the Crimson Hawks won both relays.
The IUP men finished with 962? points to take first place in the three-team field. Gannon and Edinboro also competed.