February 14, 2013
Grove City leads after first night
GROVE CITY, Pa. – The Grove City College women's swimming and diving team owns the lead after the first night of action at the James E. Longnecker Invitational/Presidents' Athletic Conference Championships. The host Wolverines earned 280 points Thursday night and hold a 50-point edge over conference rival Westminster. Saint Vincent is third with 184 points and Washington & Jefferson sits fourth at 102.
Grove City bookended Thursday night's session by winning both relay events. The 200 free relay squad of senior Jenny Ryan (State College, Pa./State College), sophomore Tori Baker (Fairfax, Va./Robinson), senior Kait Riesmeyer (McMurray, Pa./Peters Township) and senior Angela Palumbo (Washington, Pa./Trinity) opened the finals by posting a victorious time of 1 minute, 35.61 seconds.
Riesmeyer, Palumbo, sophomore Lauren Cassano (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) and junior Kaley Hess (Reamstown, Pa./Cocalico) closed the session with a winning time of 3:53.22 in the 400 medley relay.
Both relay squads surpassed the NCAA Championships' provisional, or "B," qualifying standard.
Ryan won the 200 individual medley in an NCAA qualifying time of 2:07.17 while Palumbo won the 50 free in 23.85 seconds. That time also surpassed the NCAA qualifying standard.
Freshman Megan Bilko (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) captured the 500 free in 5:07.90. Baker earned runner-up in the 500 with a time of 5:11.97. Meanwhile, Cassano captured second in the 200 individual medley in 2:10.59.
Riesmeyer earned fourth in the 50 (24.72) while senior Mary McLachlan (Grove City, Pa./Grove City) took sixth in the 500 with a time of 5:23.96. Senior Natalie Keibler (Bethel Park, Pa./Bethel Park) placed sixth in the 200 individual medley in 2:14.20.
Freshman Carolyn Eckendorf (Fairview, Pa./Fairview) led the Wolverine diving corps by taking third in 3-meter diving with 349.55 points.
Friday's preliminaries will begin at 10 a.m. The finals are scheduled for 6 p.m.
1. Grove City College 280 2. Westminster College 230
3. Saint Vincent College 184 4. Washington & Jefferson College 102
5. Penn State Behrend 74 6. Chatham University 70
7. Bethany College 67 8. Cabrini College 46
9. Franciscan University of Steub 44 10. Penn State Altoona 31
11. Univ of Pittsburgh at Bradford 19
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