March 7, 2011

Five qualify for NCAA Championships

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Five members of the Grove City College women's swimming and diving team have qualified for the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held March 23-26 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Senior Sarah Page (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek), junior Jenna Richert (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) and sophomores Angela Palumbo (Washington, Pa./Trinity), Kaitlin Riesmeyer (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) and Jenny Ryan (State College, Pa./State College) will all make their second consecutive trip to the national championships.

Grove City swimmers have qualified for all five relay events at the NCAA Championships. The Wolverines posted a qualifying time of 1 minute, 35.79 seconds in the 200 free relay, 3:28.70 in the 400 free relay, 7:37.42 in the 800 free relay, 1:47.14 in the 200 medley relay and 3:54.54 in the 400 medley relay.

Four Grove City performers will also compete individually in the national meet. Richert qualified in both the 100 (52.69) and 200 (1:53.90) free events while Palumbo has been selected in the 50 (23.96), 100 (51.90) and 200 free (1:53.87). Riesmeyer will compete in both the 100 (56.59) and 200 (2:04.59) butterfly. She also has qualified in the 200 individual medley (2:15.37).

Ryan qualified for both the 200 (2:07.68) and 400 (4:32.37) individual medley, along with the 100 free (52.47).

All five performers earned NCAA Division III All-America honors in 2010. Page, Palumbo, Richert and Ryan helped the 400 free relay place fifth nationally last year. Palumbo, Richert, Riesmeyer and Ryan combined for a fifth-place finish in the 800 free relay while Page, Palumbo and Ryan contributed to a seventh-place effort in the 200 free relay.

Palumbo, Page, Riesmeyer and Ryan earned 16th in the 200 medley relay last season. Palumbo also took 15th in the 100 free, finishing as a five-time all-American. Riesmeyer took 15th in the 200 butterfly for her third All-American citation of the meet.

Grove City finished 11th as a team at the 2010 NCAA Division III Championships with 86 total points.

Athletes can compete in up to seven events at the NCAA Championships with no more than three being individual events.

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