February 16, 2012

Wolverines lead after opening night

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's swimming and diving accumulated 268 points Thursday night in the opening night of the College's James E. Longnecker Invitational/Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships. Grove City owns a 52-point lead on second-place Washington & Jefferson and a 73-point margin over third-place Westminster.

Grove City bookended Thursday night's finals by winning both relays.

Junior Jenny Ryan (State College, Pa./State College), freshman Lauren Cassano (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township), senior Jenna Richert (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) and junior Angela Palumbo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) opened the meet by winning the 200 free relay in 1 minute, 35.37 seconds. That time sets a new meet record and a new James E. Longnecker Pool mark also.

Cassano, Palumbo, senior Kate Wilt (Bellefonte, Pa./Bellefonte) and junior Kait Riesmeyer (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) capped the session by winning the 400 medley relay in 3:53.21.

Riesmeyer also won the 500 in 5:09.23 and Palumbo posted a victorious time of 23.78 in the 50 free.

Ryan took second in the 200 individual medley (2:05.98) while Richert captured third in the 50 free (24.83). Freshman Tori Baker (Fairfax, Va./Robinson) earned third in the 500 free (5:13.25).

Wilt placed fourth in the 200 IM (2:14.05), one spot ahead of junior Natalie Keibler (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park), who took fifth place in 2:14.14.

Grove City is in pursuit of its fourth straight conference title.

Friday's preliminaries begin at 10 a.m. and the finals start at 6 p.m.

Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 11                    
1. Grove City College                268   2. Washington & Jefferson College    216
3. Westminster College               195   4. Saint Vincent College             108
5. Penn State Behrend                 96   6. Chatham University                 71
7. Univ of Pittsburgh at Bradford     46   8. Bethany College                    43
9. Franciscan University of Steub     41  10. Cabrini College                    26
11. Penn State Altoona                12


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