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Bryant: Bryant competed in a dual meet with Northeastern on Wednesday in Boston, Mass. The Huskies defeated the Bulldogs, 125-92. The Bulldogs were led by a pair of first-place finishes from Casey Ostrander (Yarmouthport, MA/Barstable) who won the 50 and 100 free. Taylor DeBever (Denver, CO/Regis Jesuit) won the 200 free and finished third in the 200 back. Junior Molly Smith (Belmost, MA/Belmont) won one of the most exciting events of the meet, claiming the 200 breast by 22 hundredths of a second after trailing for the first 140 yards. As a team, the Bulldogs claimed the 200 free relay by nearly four seconds. Ostrander, DeBever, Mara Valenzuela (Bridgerwater, NJ/Bridgewater Raritan) and Amy D’Olympia )(Mattapoisett, MA/Bishop Stang) teamed up for the victory.
Central Connecticut: The Blue Devils swept a tri-meet from St. Francis (PA) and Duquesne over the weekend. Central Connecticut junor Taylor Friedmann (Berlin, CT/Berlin) finished first in two individual events and then finished second in 100 free. She posted a time of 1:53.18 in the 200 free and 5:05.38 in the 500 free to earn her first place finishes. NEC Swimmer of the Week Helene Neuhaus (Weatport, CT/Staples) posted first place finishes in the 50 and 100 freestyle as well as the 100 backstroke. Freidman and Neuhaus then joined forces with Katie Lang (Monroe, CT/Masuk) and Alex Czaplicki (North Haven, CT/North Haven) in the 400 freestyle relay to bring home another first place finish for the Blue Devils.
Mount St. Mary’s: Mount St. Mary’s hosted a two-day event over the weekend and picked up four victories after defeating Manhattan 115-76 and VMI 115-56 on Friday before downing the Jaspers 131-61 and McDaniel 113-77 on Saturday. Sophomore Patricia Yam (Placenta, CA/Rosary) won four individual events (400 IM, 100 free, 200 IM and the 200 back) and was also a member of the winning 400-medley relay and the 800-free relay. Sophomore Cat Coppler (Enfield, CT/Enrico Fermi) also collected four individual first place finishes on the weekend (400 IM, 100 free, 200 IM and 200 back) and was also a member of the winning 400-medley relay. While freshman Erin Regan (Fort Washington, PA/Upper Dublin) won the 1500 free, the 800 free and the 200 fly. Junior Courtney Griffith (Westminster, MD/Westminster) posted wins in the 100 fly and the 50 free in the two days. The Mount returns to action on Nov. 17 at the Radford Invitational.
Sacred Heart: The Pioneer’s placed third out of four teams at a quad meet against Wagner, Iona and Sat. Francis (NY) and were led by a first place finish in the 200 butterfly by Meg Bailey (Walpole, MA/Walpole) with a time of 2:12.74. Bailey also recorded a fifth place finish in the 200 yard IM.
St. Francis (NY): The Terriers lost to Wagner (211-25), Sacred Heart (146-58), and Iona (193-38) in a quad meet at Iona. They are 0-4 (0-2 NEC) in the young season and will look to rebound against Manhattan in two weeks. Senior Andrea Dolnay (Budapest, Hungary / St. Margaret HS) placed 6th in the 500 free (5:34.53) and the 1000 Free (11:22.76) while classmate Jemma Hinkly (West Palm Beach, FL / Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr. School of the Arts) was sixth in the 50 free (27.21).
Saint Francis (PA): Saint Francis suffered an 0-2 outing, dropping decisions to Duquesne and Central Conn. State. The Red Flash fell to the home-standing Dukes, 137.5-121.5, and fell short against the Blue Devils, 149-110. The setbacks move SFU to 1-2 on the young season. Sophomore Megan Collins (Monroeville, PA/Oakland Catholic) posted the only Flash win of the afternoon in the 1,000 free, swimming a 10:40.55. Saint Francis accumulated second-place finishes in seven of the day's 14 events.
Saint Francis returns to action on Friday when it takes part in the two-day Thomas Murphy Invitational in Baltimore, Md.
Wagner: The Wagner College women’s swimming and diving team stayed perfect in the 2011-2012 season, competing in a quad meet in New Rochelle, NY, beating Iona 159.00-84.00, Sacred Heart 186.00-530.00, and St. Francis (NY) 211.00-25.00. The Seahawks stay unbeaten at 5-0 in dual competition, holding 4-0 mark against Northeast Conference (NEC) competition. Two of Wagner’s distance specialists, Alexandra Cooney (Port Jervis, NY / Minisink Valley) and Kristiana Kalibat (Princeton, NJ / Princeton High), took the top two spots in the day’s longest event, the 1000 freestyle, with Cooney finishing first in 10:40.89 and Kalibat coming in second place with a time of 10:45.99. Meredith Ketchmark (Plainsboro, NJ/West Windsor-Plainsboro) and Sarah Menendez (Land O’Lakes, FL/Wharton) found their way back to the podium in the 200 freestlye, with Ketchmark taking gold in 1:58.60, edging out her teammate by just .34 seconds, as Menendez finished second with a time of 1:58.94. A pair of Wagner newcomers took the top spots in the 50 freestlye sprint, as Samantha Sides (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill East) ousted classmate Lynn Tay (Elk Grove, CA/Bradshaw Christian) by .01 seconds, winning the event in 25.32. Cooney, the NEC’s reigning Swimmer of the Week, continued her hot streak, capturing her second gold of the day, taking the 500 freestlye in 5:16.60, while Morgan Stoner (Greesburg, PA/Hempfield Area Senior) came in second place in a time of 5:20.45. The Green & White will be back in the pool next weekend when they travel across the outer bridge to New Jersey to take on Rutgers for a non-conference dual meet beginning at 4:00 p.m.