December 6, 2008

Wolverines edge W&J for Longnecker title

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's swimming and diving team slipped past longtime rival Washington & Jefferson Saturday night to earn the team title at Grove City's 12th annual James Longnecker Invitational. Grove City finished the two-day event with 1,102.5 points while W&J finished with 1,095 points.

Grove City clinched the meet title by winning the 400 free relay. The quartet of freshman Kate Wilt (Bellefonte, Pa./Bellefonte), freshman Emily Kramer (Ankeny, Iowa/Homeschooled), freshman Jenna Richert (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) and sophomore Sarah Page (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek) recorded a victorious time of 3 minutes, 38.62 seconds.

Page, Richert, Wilt and junior Amanda Thompson (Erie, Pa./McDowell) also teamed to win the 800 free relay in 8:00.01.

Page also picked up a pair of individual wins in the 100 free and 100 butterfly. She won the 100 free in 53.33 and touched first in the 100 fly with a time of 59.99. Wilt won the 200 free (1:59.52) and 200 breaststroke (2:30.64) while Richert captured the 1650 in 18:13.74.

Thompson added runner-up efforts in the the 100 back (1:02.02), 200 back (2:11.34) and 400 individual medley (4:45.93). Senior Rebecca Smiddy (Miami, Fla./Homeschooled) took second in the 1650 with a time of 19:06.54 while Kramer, Richert, sophomore Sarah Bargery (Springfield, Va./Homeschooled) and freshman Chelsea Johnson (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) opened Saturday's action by finishing second in the 200 medley relay (1:54.80).

Freshman diver Bethany Johnson (Huntington Valley, Pa./Calvary Christian) took second on the 3-meter board with 185.60 points.

Kramer also finished third in the 100 free (56.08) while Bargery took third in the 200 breaststroke (2:34.29). Sophomore Tiffani Douglas (Sayre, Pa./Homeschooled) finished third in the 200 free (2:03.45).

Grove City returns to action Wednesday night at Presidents' Athletic Conference rival Bethany.

Team Scores
1. Grove City College               1102.5   2. Washington & Jefferson             1095
3. Misericordia University           654.5   4. Hiram College                       515
5. Slippery Rock University            228   6. Frostburg State University          141
7. Lock Haven University                63   8. University of Findlay                30

Results

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