February 20, 2009

Bullets Dodge Diplomats on Day One

Results

LANCASTER, Pa. – Gettysburg holds a 4.5-point lead on Franklin & Marshall with one day on the books at the Centennial Conference Championships. The difference came in the night’s two relays.

Gettysburg won the first race of the evening, the 200-yard freestyle relay, posting an NCAA B-Cut time of 1:38.08.  That time was good enough to squeak out a win over Washington College’s entry, and gave the Bullets 1.33 seconds to spare on F&M’s bronze medal quartet of Meghan Karanian, Jennie Payne, Katherine DeCrosta and Brittany McCabe.

The same three teams jockeyed for position in the night’s final race, the 400-yard medley relay. Washington got the upper hand this time around, with a 3:59.91.

.27 seconds was the difference between second and third place in the 400, with Gettysburg once again getting the best of the F&M entry (McCabe, Samantha Sweeney, Laura Bassford and Karanian).

First-year, Olivia Hill, swam to a bronze in the 500-yard freestyle with a mark of 5:09.78. Washington’s Rachel Glasser earned the event’s gold, followed by Kiera Heath of Gettysburg. Each posted an NCAA B-Cut time.

The Diplomats swept the second through fourth positions in the 200-yard Individual Medley. Dickinson’s Elizabeth Schroll swam to a 2:13.08 for gold. DeCrosta posted a 2:14.59 for silver, followed by Bassford’s 2:15.24 for bronze. Samantha Sweeney owned fourth place.

Brittany McCabe added to her already large career medal count with a bronze finish in the 50-yard freestyle. 

Swimming resumes tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Championship finals get underway at 6:00 p.m.

Day One Medals

Laura Bassford
Bronze – 200 I.M., 400 Medley Relay

Katherine DeCrosta
Silver – 200 I.M.
Bronze – 200 Free Relay

Olivia Hill
Bronze – 500 Free

Meghan Karanian
Bronze – 200 Free Relay, 400 Medley Relay

Brittany McCabe
Bronze – 200 Free Relay, 50 Free, 400 Medley Relay

Jennie Payne
Bronze – 200 Free Relay

Samantha Sweeney
Bronze – 400 Medley Relay

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