Three Colonels break school records during the same week

Last week was a significant week in Wilkes sports history as three Colonels broke school records.

Feb. 9:

Junior and outside hitter for the men’s volleyball team, Jackson Shafer, set the new record for kills in a single match with 22. Shafer’s record-breaking game helped the Colonels secure their first conference win of the season. Shafer currently leads Wilkes with 143 kills and 167.5 points. 

“It felt very good to break the kills record and even better to get that win,” said Shafer. “The goal is to continue to break that record in future games.”

Feb. 11:

Senior and goaltender for the men’s ice hockey team, Garrett Nieto, set the new record for most saves in a single-game with 42. Nieto has 408 saves thus far with a .923 save percentage. 

“It’s nice breaking the record at Wilkes but I was more concerned with the end result and I’m more focused on the playoffs coming up,” said Nieto. “At the same time, it is nice to have an impact during my only season here. It is also a young program so I have a feeling this is a record that won’t last long.”

Feb. 12:

To finish out the week of record breaking, senior swimmer Maddy Kinard broke her own school record at the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Swim Championships. In the 200 Backstroke, Kinard swam a 2:17.95 to break her own school record of 2:19.49. She finished her Wilkes swim team career in style, breaking records. 

“I’m so happy and grateful to have broken my 200 back record again in the very last race of my swimming career,” said Kinard. “I kind of went into it knowing I was going to do it someway, somehow—it was the last chance for me to put the past six months of practice to work and I also really wanted to make my team, myself, my parents, and most importantly coach, proud.”

What a week in Colonel Nation– we are looking forward to who will be following these three individuals in the record books.

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Jackson Shafer preparing to add another kill to the tally after his record-breaking game on Feb. 9. (Baylee Guedes)
Garrett Nieto in goal for the Colonels during his record-breaking game on Feb. 11. (Julia Mazur)
Maddy Kinard embracing her head coach Christopher Paynter after she
completed the record-breaking swim on Feb. 12. (WilkesU_Swim)