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


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