March 5, 2010
Six qualify for NCAA Championships
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Six members of the Grove City College women's swimming and diving team will compete in the NCAA Division III Championships March 17-20 in Minneapolis.
Junior Lauren Baur (North Wales, Pa./North Penn), junior Sarah Page (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek), freshman Angela Palumbo (Washington, Pa./Trinity), sophomore Jenna Richert (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley), freshman Kaitlin Riesmeyer (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) and freshman Jenny Ryan (State College, Pa./State College) will represent Grove City at the 2010 Championships.
Grove City's 200 and 800 free relay squads both received invitations to the NCAA Championships. Because those two units received invitations, the participating members can also compete in events in which they provisionally qualified.
Baur, Page, Palumbo and Ryan posted a time of 1 minute, 36.20 seconds at the Grove City Invitational February 19 to qualify for the NCAA Championships. That time earned Grove City the 10th seed at the NCAA meet.
Palumbo, Richert, Riesmeyer and Ryan combined for an aggregate time of 7:41.15 in the 800 free relay during the Grove City Invitational. That time earned the 12th seed and the final invitation to the NCAA Championships in that event.
Grove City also provisionally qualified for the NCAA meet in the both the 200 and 400 medley relay along with the 400 free relay. The 200 medley relay time recorded a season-best time of 1:48.99 while the 400 medley relay's best time this year is 3:57.94. The 400 free relay posted a best time of 3:32.00.
The Wolverines will use various combinations of the six athletes in the medley relays and the 400 free relay.
Individually, Palumbo will also compete in the 50 free (24.38) and 100 free (53.00) at the NCAA Championships. Richert (1:54.74) qualified in the 200 free. Riesmeyer qualified in both the 100 (57.73) and 200 (2:08.66) butterfly. She will also swim in the 500 free (5:07.57).
Like Riesmeyer, Ryan also qualified in three events. Ryan posted a season-best time of 52.85 in the 100 free and a best mark of 1:54.39 in the 200 free. She also recorded a top time of 2:09.76 in the 200 individual medley.
Participants can compete in up to seven events at the Championships with no more than three being individual events. A swimmer can swim two events on an individual basis and compete in all five relays if he/she elects to do so.
The Championships will be held at the University of Minnesota. Beloit College and the College of Wooster are the co-host institutions for this year's meet.
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