February 18, 2011

Wolverines extend lead

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's swimming and diving team pushed its lead to 182 points in the team standings Friday night at the James E. Longnecker Invitational/Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships at Grove City's James E. Longnecker Competition Pool.

The Wolverines have earned 595 points through the first two nights of the three-day event. Washington & Jefferson is second with 413 and Westminster has 379 points.

Grove City swimmers won both relay events Friday night. Sophomore Jenny Ryan (State College, Pa./State College), junior Kate Wilt (Bellefonte, Pa./Bellefonte), sophomore Kait Riesmeyer (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) and sophomore Angela Palumbo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) opened Friday night's session by winning the 200 medley relay in 1 minute, 47.14 seconds. That time surpasses the NCAA provisional qualifying standard.

Riesmeyer, sophomore Mary McLachlan (Grove City, Pa./Grove City), senior Sarah Page (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek) and junior Jenna Richert (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) closed the evening by winning the 800 free relay with a time of 7:46.35.

Riesmeyer and Richert also picked up individual wins for the Wolverines. Riesmeyer won the 100 butterfly in a school-record time of 56.59 seconds, surpassing the NCAA provisional, or "B" standard. Richert provisionally qualified for the NCAA meet in the 200 free with a victorious time of 1:53.50. Palumbo took second to Richert with a 1:54.41 clocking. Palumbo also provisionally qualified in the 200 free.

Ryan placed second in the 400 individual medley with an NCAA "B" time of 4:32.37. Wilt earned third in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.52), one spot ahead of freshman Kaley Hess (Reamstown, Pa./Cocalico), who turned in a fourth-place time of 1:09.14.

McLachlan finished fourth in the 200 free (2:00.12), edging freshman Janele Baglia (Grove City, Pa./Grove City), who finished fifth in 2:00.76.

Saturday's preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. and the finals will begin at 5:30 p.m. The Wolverines are pursuing their third straight league title.

Women - Team Rankings 
  1. Grove City College                  595   2. Washington & Jefferson College      413
  3. Westminster College                 379   4. Saint Vincent College               264
  5. Penn State Behrend                  250   6. Chatham University                  168
  7. Penn State Altoona                  105   8. Cabrini College                      77
  9. Univ of Pittsburgh at Bradford       73  10. Bethany College                      40


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