December 4, 2009
Wolverines lead Longnecker Invitational
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's swimming and diving team is in first place after the first night of action in the 13th annual Grove City College James E. Longnecker Invitational at the James E. Longnecker Competition Pool. The Wolverines earned 336 points Friday night. California (Pa.) is second with 237, followed by Lock Haven at 210.
Grove City opened the swimming portion of the meet Friday evening by winning the 200 free relay in a meet-record time of 1 minute, 38.69 seconds. Freshman Jenny Ryan (State College, Pa./State College), freshman Angela Palumbo (Washington, Pa./Trinity), junior Lauren Baur (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) and junior Sarah Page (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek) combined for the win.
Freshman Kaitlin Riesmeyer (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) won the 500 in 5:14.98 to account for Grove City's lone individual win of the session.
Ryan earned second in the 200 individual medley (2:14.53) while sophomore diver Bethany Johnson (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Calvary Christian) took second on the 3-meter board with 234.80 points.
Ryan, Riesmeyer, Palumbo and sophomore Kate Wilt (Bellefonte, Pa./Bellefonte) closed Friday's session by earning second in the 400 medley relay (4:04.94).
Sophomore Jenna Richert (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) placed third in the 500 (5:20.19).
Saturday's action will begin at 10 a.m.
Women - Team Rankings 1. Grove City College 336 2. California University of PA 237 3. Lock Haven University 210 4. Washington & Jefferson 185 5. East Stroudsburg University 95 6. Misericordia University 81 7. Hiram College 40 8. University of Findlay 28
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