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Bryant: The Bulldogs finished fifth at the URI Invitational this past weekend. They received a strong meet from junior Molly Smith (Belmont, MA/Belmont). The Belmont, Mass., native won the 400 IM, finished second in the 200 breast and third in the 200 IM. Bryant also had two swimmers compete at the U.S. Nationals in Atlanta, Ga., over the weekend. Casey Ostrander (Yarmouthport, MA/Barnstable) competed in the 100 and 200 back, while Taylor DeBever (Denver, CO/Regis Jesuit) competed in the 200 free. DeBever finished 97th in the 200 free and Ostrander finished 67th in the 100 back with a time of 1:05.30 and 89th in the 200 back.
Central Connecticut: Two Blue Devils participated at the U.S. National Meet in Atlanta, Georgia: sophomore Helen Neuhauss (Weatport, CT/Staples, junior Taylor Friedmann (Berlin, CT/Berlin). CCSU will swim again in 2012 when they take on Vermont at home for Senior Day.
Mount St. Mary’s: Mount St. Mary’s is out of the pool until 2012 when they return to action at Duquesne on Jan. 21.
Sacred Heart: The Pioneers are out of the pool until December 10 when they will take on Siena.
St. Francis (NY)
: The Terriers placed 5th out of 13 squads at the ECAC Warm-Up Championships, held
the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, N.Y. last weekend. Senior Andrea Dolnay (Budapest, Hungary / St. Margaret HS)
broke the school mark in the 1650 free as she placed 8th in 18:56.74 and she also finished 10th in the 500 freestyle (5:25.34). Senior Ewelina Gorecka (Kielce, Poland / Sport High School in Raciborz)
broke the school record in the 200 breaststroke as she placed 9th in 2:34.53. She also took 8th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.66. The relays were also strong for the Terriers. The 200 medley relay (Paige Hardy(Temecula, CA / Chaparral HS)
, Gorecka, Jemma Hinkly (West Palm Beach, FL/Alexander W. Dreyfoos Jr School of the Arts)
, Ryenn Lyons (Hilo, Hawaii / Kamehameha)
placed 6th in 1:58.76. The 800 free relay team (Dolnay, Hardy, Gorecka, Lyons) was also 6th in 8:36.07. The 200 free relay team (Dolnay, Hardy, Kacie Davis (Hilo, Hawaii/Kamehameha Hawaii Campus)
, Hinkly) was seventh in 1:47.12) and the 400 medley relay (Hardy, Gorecka, Hinkly, Davis) finished 6th in 4:28.76.
Saint Francis (PA): Three Saint Francis University swimmers took part in the 2011 AT&T Winter National Championships held at Georgia Tech Thursday through Saturday. On Friday, Elise Löfgren (Molnlycke, Sweden/Hulebacks) put forth a strong showing in the preliminaries of the 100 breaststroke. Her time of 1:14.67 not only fell just shy of a personal best, but it also clinched 69th place out of a deep 102-entry field. Libby Francis (Dundee, Scotland/Grove Academy) and Alicia Ford (Whitney Point, N.Y./Whitney Point) also participated in the meet. The Red Flash resumes its season on Jan. 14 when Youngstown State visits Loretto for a 1 p.m. meet. Coach Quote “We had some great swims this weekend and this is a great finish to the semester. This is a meet where the country's best swimmers are competing and it is our goal to be here every year. We know what we need to improve on and we are looking forward to getting back to work after the break.”
Wagner: The Wagner College swimming & diving team wrapped up its final meet of 2011, finishing second at the ECAC Winter Open Swimming & Diving Championships being held in East Meadow, NY. The Seahawks accumulated 1,752 points in the three-day event, edged out by only Stevens Institute of Technology, who took first place with 1,768 points. Aside from the action in the pool, Wagner head coach Colin Shannahan was named the women’s coach of the meet, as nominated upon by his peers. Co-captainBreanne Sweeney (Staten Island, NY / Notre Dame Academy) led the charge for the Green & White, setting Wagner school records in the 100 and 200 backstroke events. Her time of 58.15 in the 100 snapped Lyndsey Degorio’s record dating back to 2002, while the senior broke her own record in the 200 backstroke by over two seconds with a time of 2:04.65. Wagner's diving team was also on display over the weekend, as freshman Mallory Lee (Newark, CA / Moreau Catholic) placed fourth on the one meter board with a score of 316.90, while junior Josephine Ieraci (Staten Island, NY / Notre Dame Academy) finished in 10th with 225.80.Quote from Coach Shannahan:
"I could not have been more pleased with the results from this weekend,” Shannahan said. “The women outperformed all of my expectations. They fought hard all weekend and have plenty of personals bests, school records and meet records to show for their efforts."