February 15, 2008

Grove City maintains 2nd

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's swimming and diving team remains in second place after the second night of competition in the 18th annual Grove City Invitational/Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships. The Wolverines accumulated 433 team points through the end of Friday night's action. Washington & Jefferson leads with 498 points while Westminster is in third with 402 points.

Grove City concluded Friday night's finals by winning the 800 free relay. Senior Ellen Keefer (Montoursville, Pa./Montoursville), sophomore Amanda Thompson (Erie, Pa./McDowell), freshman Lauren Baur (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) and freshman Sarah Page (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek) combined for a victorious time of 7 minutes, 58.02 seconds.

Page and Thompson also earned individual wins Friday night for Grove City. Page won the 200 free in 1:57.98 while Thompson took the 400 individual medley in 4:41.03. Thompson also provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100 backstroke with a third-place time of 59.98 seconds.

Baur took second in the 100 butterfly (59.55) while freshman Sarah Bargery (Springfield, Va./Homeschooled) earned runner-up in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.21). Thompson, Bargery, Keefer and sophomore Kiersen Bower (Bloomsburg, Pa./Central Columbia) opened Friday's finals by earning second in the 200 medley relay in 1:52.20.

Keefer also earned third in the 200 free (1:57.98) while junior Rebecca Smiddy (Miami, Fla./Homeschooled) touched fourth in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:50.13.

Saturday's preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. The finals are scheduled for 5:30 p.m.


Women's Team Scores
  1. Washington & Jefferson              498   2. Grove City College                  433
  3. Westminster College                 402   4. Chatham University                  279
  5. Penn State Behrend                  160   6. Saint Vincent College               131
  7. Bethany College                     130   8. Penn State Altoona                  127
  9. Frostburg State                      97  10. Univ. of Pitt-Bradford               23

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