Swimming and Diving Grabs Third Place at Betty Spears Relays
WELLESLEY, Mass. (Nov. 8, 2008) - The Mount Holyoke College women's swimming and diving team participated in the 12th annual Betty Spears Relays this afternoon. Host Wellesley College won all 15 events en route to the team title. The Blue finished with 291 points, while second place Westfield State College finished with 251. Mount Holyoke's 131 points were good for third place. The Lyons ended the day in front of fourth place Plymouth State University, which tallied 92 points.
Leading the way for Mount Holyoke was first year Mary Kate Miller, who racked up four second place finishes. The Lyons also received a boost from senior Lisa Nash, along with first years Lydia Bowers and Sarah Rooney, who figured in one three second place results apiece.
A total of five Mount Holyoke squads posted second place finishes. The first came in the 200-yard backstroke/freestyle race, where Miller teamed with Bowers, Rooney and sophomore Michelle Kroll to post a time of 1:54.05. In the 200-yard medley, Miller and Rooney were joined by juniors Lindsay Schonborn and Shannon Sutherland. The quartet completed their race in 2:01.08.
Mount Holyoke's success continued in the 500-yard freestyle crescendo, where Miller, Rooney, Nash and senior Natalia Sadaniantz clocked a time of 5:19.53. Nash, Bowers, Schonborn and first year Isa Wismann-Horther completed the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.31. Then, in the final swimming event of the afternoon, Miller, Bowers, Nash and Sutherland notched a time of 4:00.80 in the 400-yard freestyle.
Wellesley was paced by seniors Kate Sorensen and Savanna Johnson, along with first year Stephanie Welch. Sorenson recorded wins in both diving events. She took the 1-meter with a score of 251.10 and the 3-meter with 268.65 points. On the swimming side, Johnson was a part of six winning teams. Meanwhile, Welch picked up five wins.
Westfield State amassed the majority of its points in the diving events, taking second through seventh in the 1-meter and second through fifth in the 3-meter. Kim Schmidt grabbed second place in both events, while Ariana Mastro took third.
Plymouth State's Amanda Branch led her team with a pair of second place finishes
Mount Holyoke (1-1) will return to action next weekend at the Regis College Invitational. The competition will begin with diving events on Friday at 7:00 p.m. It will conclude with swimming events on Saturday at noon.