February 12, 2016

Wolverines capture three titles, stay on top after Longnecker Day Two

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- The Grove City College women's swimming and diving team captured titles in two individual events and the 800 free relay to remain in first place after Day Two of competition at the James E. Longnecker Invitational and Presidents' Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday night at Longnecker Pool.

Senior Megan Bilko (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) and freshman Megan Crutcher (Lancaster, Pa./Lampeter-Strasburg) won Grove City's two individual meet titles. Bilko won the 400 individual medley with an NCAA "B" provisional qualifying time of 4 minutes, 28.53 seconds while Crutcher held of Saint Vincent's Grace Reynolds to claim her first conference title in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.16.

Bilko, junior Maddie Van Dyke (Fleming Island, Fla./Fleming Island), junior Megan Smith (Tyler, Texas/Kolbe Academy), and junior Abby Jank (Worthington, Ohio/Thomas Worthington) closed the night with a victorious time of 7 minutes, 49.77 seconds in the 800 free relay.

Smith recorded an NCAA "B" provisional qualifying time in the 400 individual medley, finishing second to Bilko with a mark of 4:34.63. Junior Amanda Hutzelmann (Milford, Pa./Homeschooled) also added a runner-up finish for Grove City, out-touching Washington & Jefferson's Alexis Glenn at the wall to take second in the 100 fly in 58.95 seconds.

Jank was third in the 200 free with a time of 1:57.27 while Van Dyke claimed third in a tight race in the 100 back with a mark of 1:00.69. Van Dyke, Crutcher, Hutzelmann and junior Molly Gallant (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) opened the meet with a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:49.25)

Gallant joined Crutcher in the 100 breast championship final, finishing fourth with a time of 1:09.81 while sophomore Abby Noll (Rockville, Md./Rockville) won the consolation final to place ninth overall with a time of 1:09.78.

Senior Ashley Meesuk (Millersville, Md./Calvary Baptist Church Academy) finished eighth in the 400 individual medley in 5:03.31 while sophomore Mary Robison (Williamsburg, Va./Homeschooled) won that event's consolation final with a career-best mark of 4:55.54.

Grove City has earned 499 points through 13 events while Saint Vincent is second with 457 and Westminster third with 432. W&J (272) and Chatham (240) round out the top five.

The third and final full day of competition begins tomorrow with preliminary heats at 10 a.m. Senior recognition will begin tomorrow night at 5:15 p.m. with the start of finals to follow at 5:30.


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