Saint-Gilles Wins 200 Breaststroke in Season-Opening Meet at Marshall

Tiphanie Saint-Gilles
Tiphaine Saint-Gilles

Senior Tiphaine Saint-Gilles won the 200-yard breaststroke to highlight the Youngstown State women's swimming and diving's season-opening meet on Saturday at Marshall.

Saint-Gilles touched the wall in 2:28.28 to provide YSU's event win for the day. The Thundering Herd took the top spot in the other 15 events and won the event 216.5-81.5. It was the Penguins' first meet under head coach Brad Smith.

Youngstown State's reinstated men's team participated in the dual in time trials because Marshall does not have a men's team.

Saint-Gilles also finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:07.83), and four of her teammates also had runner-up finishes. Aida Jurinovics earned a pair of second-place finishes in the 200 fly (2:09.20) and the 100 fly (1:00.52), and Tess Weiskopf (3-meter diving - 222.45), Averi McCarthy (200 back - 2:13.30) and Mallory Pitstick (200 breast - 2:33.34) each had one.

Earning third-place finishes were Josie Preski in the 1,000 free (10:49.09) and the 500 free (5:16.96), Aubrey Whitaker in the 200 free (1:56.71) and the 100 free (53.92), Hannah Olger in the 100 back (1:01.95), Taylor Bishop in the 50 free (25.37), Weiskopf on the 1-meter board (222.30) and Jurinovics in the 200 IM (2:13.76).

The 400 free relay team of Olger, Bishop, Preski and Whitaker earned a second-place finish (3:41.06).

The Penguins will return to action next Saturday in a meet against Pitt and Duquesne at Pitt's Trees Pool. Diving will begin at 10 a.m., and swimming events will start at 1 p.m.