February 17, 2012

Wolverines extend lead at championships

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's swimming and diving continues to hold first place after two days of competition at the College's three-day James E. Longnecker Invitational/Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships. Grove City now has 611 total points and leads second-place Westminster by 182.5 points.

Grove City won both relay events Friday night to help extend the team's lead. The quartet of freshman Lauren Cassano (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township), senior Kate Wilt (Bellefonte, Pa./Bellefonte), junior Kait Riesmeyer (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) and junior Angela Palumbo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 1 minute, 47.30 seconds.

Junior Jenny Ryan (State College, Pa./State College), freshman Tori Baker (Fairfax, Va./Robinson), senior Jenna Richert (Sewickley, Pa./Quaker Valley) and sophomore Janele Baglia (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) closed Friday's session with a winning time of 7:45.88 in the 800 free relay.

Four swimmers also notched individual wins Friday night. Ryan won the 400 individual medley in 4:31.48 while Riesmeyer captured the 100 butterfly in 56.75 seconds. Palumbo won the 200 free (1:52.96) and Cassano prevailed in the 100 backstroke (59.09).

Richert earned second (1:54.52) and Baker placed third (1:55.26) in the 200 free. Cassano placed fourth in the 200 free in 1:56.67, completing Grove City's 1-2-3-4 sweep.

Freshman Keegan Reed (Greencastle, Pa./James Buchanan) earned third in the 400 individual medley (4:46.12) while junior Michelle Shimrock (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South) and freshman Emma Rudolf (Birchrunville, Pa./Homeschooled) tied for fourth in the 400 IM (4:46.19). Rudolf also took fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.58).

Saturday's preliminaries will start at 10 a.m. The finals begin at 5:30.

Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 26                   
1. Grove City College                  611   2. Westminster College               428.5
3. Washington & Jefferson College      416   4. Saint Vincent College             301.5
5. Penn State Behrend                  204   6. Chatham University                  110
7. Franciscan University of Steub       89   8. Cabrini College                      76
9. Bethany College                      75  10. Univ of Pittsburgh at Bradford       60
11. Penn State Altoona                  30


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