Swimming: Host Moon looks to push Quaker Valley and West Allegheny

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Moon will have home pool advantage at its back this weekend as it attempts to unseat defending champion Quaker Valley at the MAC championships. The Tigers totaled 301 points last season to finish behind West Allegheny (333) and the Quakers (475). Moon will have to replace John Morton and Andrew Morgan, who graduated, but there is a lot of promise back with sophomore Colton Diges, junior Justin Torhan and senior Yaroslav Noskov. Torhan, Morton, Diges and Noskov won the 200 medley relay last year at MACs.

This year, Moon's strength appears to be in relays. Noskov, sophomores Zach Tomasic and Diges and freshman Nick Settembrine are the top seed in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:42.51. Diges, sophomore Steven Merow, Settembrine and Noskov are top seeds in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:33.31. In the 400 freestyle, the Tigers have the second-fastest seed time with Merow, junior Tiago Nascimento, Tomasic and junior Josh McElvy having a seed time of 3:28.22.

Settembrine is looking to make an impact in his MAC debut. He is the fourth seed in the 200 IM and the second seed in the 100 backstroke.

In the 50 freestyle, Noskov and Diges are seeded fourth and sixth, respectively. Diges and McElvy are seeded fourth and sixth in the 100 butterfly. Tomasic is the top seed in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:03.23.

The MAC diving championships will be held today at 4 p.m., and swimming will begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m.