March 21, 2013

Record-setting day for Grove City at NCAA Championships

SHENANDOAH, Texas -- The Grove City College women's swimming and diving team set three school records Thursday during the second day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Division III Championships at Conroe ISD Natatorium. Grove City's overall effort helped vault the Wolverines into 10th place with 57 team points. The Wolverines entered the day 19th in the team standings.

Grove City opened Thursday night's session by taking sixth in the 200 free relay with a time of 1 minute, 34.86 seconds. 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) comprised the relay. In the preliminaries, that quartet set a new school record with a time of 1:34.81.

Ryan set a new school record in the 50 free by leading off the finals with a time of 23.55 seconds.

Riesmeyer, Palumbo, sophomore Lauren Cassano (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) and junior Kaley Hess (Reamstown, Pa./Cocalico) closed the finals by earning 12th in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:51.96. It is the first time that Grove City has scored in the 400 medley relay at the NCAA Championships.

Riesmeyer also earned 12th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.53 seconds. Palumbo earned 13th in the 200 free with a school-record time of 1:51.00. Ryan took 19th in the 400 individual medley during the preliminary session with a 4:32.85 clocking.

Palumbo is now an 18-time NCAA Division III All-American. Riesmeyer owns 15 All-America citations, while Ryan has earned the award 14 times. Cassano and Hess are two-time All-Americans and Baker became the program's 14th all-time All-American as a result of the Wolverines' finish in the 200 free relay.

Friday's action begins at 11 a.m. EDT with preliminaries. The finals will start at 7 p.m. EDT.

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