CLARION, Pa. – Nathan Porter provided a photo finish to open the day and notched two more individual victories as the Clarion men's swimming and diving team defeated Grove City by a score of 196-112 in the season opener. The Golden Eagles will next be in action against Edinboro on Saturday, Oct. 15.
Porter, a Shaler graduate, took either first or second in six different events on Saturday, including one relay win and five individual events. He brought a rush of excitement in his first event of the day when he teamed with Ben Spencer, Ian Lindsey and Joshua Thruston to win the 200 Medley Relay. The anchor leg, Porter held off a late charge by the Wolverines' Brett Gwynn and edged him by 0.34 seconds to put the Golden Eagles on top early.
After posting second-place finishes in the 200 Free, 100 Free and the 100 Back, Porter claimed his first individual win of the day in the 200 Back. Again it was a close finish, though this time it was against Spencer, with Porter edging his teammate with a time of 1:59.50 to win. Spencer was just behind him, coming in at 1:59.77. His last individual win of the day was in the 500 Free, an event he won handily with a time of 4:55.36.
(photo courtesy of Clarion University)