Behrend swimmers dominate at AMCC championships

A Penn State Behrend swimmer competes in a freestyle race.

Penn State Behrend's swimming and diving teams won the 2019 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championships. The men won their 13th-consecutive title; the women won their 11th overall.

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ERIE, Pa. — Penn State Behrend’s swimming and diving teams swept the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championships, which the college hosted. Mark Patterson, a senior from North Huntingdon, and Jessica Wyckoff, a senior from Elma, New York, were named AMCC Swimmers of the Year.

The college’s basketball, volleyball, track and field, bowling and wrestling teams also were in action last week. Here are the highlights:

Men’s basketball

Pitt-Bradford 74, Penn State Behrend 70

Penn State Behrend 85, Medaille 56

The Lions scored 20 3-pointers against Medaille. Four of the team’s five starters had double-digit points.

Women’s basketball

Pitt-Bradford 59, Penn State Behrend 51

Penn State Behrend 67, Medaille 43

Nicole Boyer, a senior from Blairsville, and Alanna Dibble, a freshman from Lakewood, New York, each scored 11 points against Medaille. The team will face Penn State Altoona in the first round of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference tournament.

Men’s swimming and diving

First (of five teams) at the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championships.

James Connolly, a freshman from Allentown, set AMCC meet, open and team records in the 1,650 freestyle, finishing in 16:06.60. He earned an NCAA “B” cut time with that race.

Women’s swimming and diving

First (of six teams) at the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championships.

Marcella Puglia, a freshman from Beaver Falls, set AMCC meet and open records in the 1,650 freestyle, finishing in 18:26.62.

Men’s track and field

Braeden Smith, a sophomore from Erie, won the high jump at the Edinboro Invite and the Kenyon College Classic. Jack Georgetson, a sophomore from Aliquippa, won the pole vault at both events.

Women’s track and field

Jenna Shelton, a senior from Cabot, placed second in the 800-meter run at the Edinboro Invite. She finished in 2:22.45. Haley Yenchik, a senior from Cecil, won the pole vault at the Kenyon College Classic.

Men’s volleyball

Penn State Behrend 3, D’Youville 0

Dillon Hildebrand, a junior from Red Lion, led the team with 14 kills on 25 attempts. Anthony Sprentz, a senior from Cranberry Township, had 25 assists, four digs and three kills.


Jake Paulson, a sophomore from Erie, was 3-0 at the PSUAC Invitational, winning the 184-pound weight class. Levko Higgins, a sophomore from Palmyra, placed second in the 174-pound class.

Women’s bowling

Daemen 828, Penn State Behrend 688

Daemen 850, Penn State Behrend 710

Daemen 812, Penn State Behrend 777

Medaille 894, Penn State Behrend 671

Medaille 833, Penn State Behrend 675

Medaille 841, Penn State Behrend 805

Brianna Lundy, a junior from North Huntingdon, led the Lions against Daemen. She posted scores of 215 and 182 in the two traditional matches.

Scores, results and updates for Penn State Behrend athletics are posted at