February 17, 2011
Wolverines lead Longnecker Invitational
GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's swimming and diving team is in first place after the opening night of the Grove City College James E. Longnecker Invitational/Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships. The Wolverines earned 275 team points at the James E. Longnecker Competition Pool and own a 73-point lead over second-place Washington & Jefferson.
Grove City opened Thursday night's action by winning the 200 free relay in an NCAA Championships provisional qualifying time of 1 minute, 35.79 seconds. Sophomore Jenny Ryan (State College, Pa./State College), senior Sarah Page (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek), senior Lauren Baur (North Wales, Pa./North Penn) and sophomore Angela Palumbo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) combined for the victory.
Palumbo also recorded Grove City's lone individual win of the night as she won the 50 in a school-record time of 23.96 seconds. That time surpasses the NCAA provisional qualifying standard.
Sophomore Kait Riesmeyer (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) earned second in the 500 free (5:11.87) while Ryan captured third in the 200 individual medley with a provisional qualifying time of 2:07.68. Ryan, Riesmeyer, Palumbo and junior Kate Wilt (Bellefonte, Pa./Bellefonte) capped the evening by taking second in the 400 medley relay with an NCAA "B" time of 3:54.54.
Junior diver Rachel Weeber (Lancaster, Pa./J.P. McCaskey) earned third on the three-meter board with 306.70 points while Page took fourth in the 50 (24.61). Junior Jenna Richert (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) took fifth in the 50 (24.61). Senior Stephanie McNeill (Lake Jackson, Texas/Brazoswood) finished fifth in three-meter diving with 278.55 points.
Sophomore Mary McLachlan (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) placed fifth in the 500 with a time of 5:23.10.
Friday's preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. The finals start at 6 p.m.
Women - Team Rankings 1. Grove City College 275 2. Washington & Jefferson College 202 3. Westminster College 168 4. Saint Vincent College 132 5. Penn State Behrend 106 6. Chatham University 54 7. Cabrini College 48 7. Univ of Pittsburgh at Bradford 48 7. Penn State Altoona 48 10. Bethany College 26
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