March 26, 2011

Grove City takes 11th at NCAA Championships

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Grove City College women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up the 2010-11 season Saturday night by competing in the fourth night of action at the NCAA Division III Championships at the University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

Grove City finished the four-day event with 89 team points, good for 11th place nationally. That matches Grove City’s best-ever finish at the national championships. The Wolverines also took 11th in 2010.

The quartet of sophomore Jenny Ryan (State College, Pa./State College), junior Jenna Richert (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley), senior Sarah Page (Colorado Springs, Colo./Pine Creek) and sophomore Angela Palumbo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) closed the meet by taking fifth in the 400 free relay with a Grove City-record time of 3 minutes, 26.39 seconds.

By finishing fifth overall, all four competitors earn NCAA All-America honors. Palumbo earned her ninth All-America honor, becoming the most-decorated swimmer in program history. Ryan is now an eight-time All-American while Page concluded her career as a six-time All-American. Richert now owns five All-America citations for her career.

Emory won the 400 free relay in 3:22.39. Emory won the team title with 614 points.

Three Grove City swimmers also competed in the 100 freestyle preliminaries Saturday. Palumbo took 17th with a time of 51.64 while Ryan finished 30th in 52.18. Richert placed 37th in 52.56 seconds. Amherst’s Kendra Stern won the 100 free in 49.77 seconds.

Grove City finished the meet as the top placing Pennsylvania team at the national championships. Westminster took 13th with 74 points and Washington & Jefferson earned 29th with 26 points. Carnegie Mellon finished 46th with 10 points.

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