Westfield State Slips Past Swimming and Diving, 159-135

Complete Results

WESTFIELD, Mass. (Nov. 19, 2008) - The Westfield State College women's swimming and diving team edged Mount Holyoke College 159-135 this evening to improve to 2-0 in dual matches this season. It was the Owls second straight win over the Lyons, who dropped to 1-2 on the year. Westfield State used its overall team depth to pull out the narrow win. Both squads garnered eight first place finishes, but the Owls collected second place in ten of the 16 events.

Senior Cairsten Beanland, first year Angie Wasylik and first year Kim Schmidt captured two wins apiece to pace Westfield State. Beanland took top honors in both the 1,000-yard (11:45.08) and 500-yard (5:43.38) freestyle events, while Wasylik hit the wall first in the 50-yard (29.92) and 100-yard (1:07.58) butterfly races. Schmidt placed first in the 1-meter (226.55) and 3-meter (232.20) diving competitions. Senior Kelly Johnson and junior Lindsey Malboeuf also posted first place finishes for the Owls. Johnson won the 100-yard backstroke (1:06.35), while Malboeuf set the tone in the 50-yard backstroke (30.44).

A total of six swimmers collected first place finishes for Mount Holyoke. Leading the way were junior Lindsay Schonborn and first year Sarah Rooney, who were each four time winners. The duo teamed with sophomore Michelle Kroll and junior Shannon Sutherland to win the 200-yard medley relay (2:00.75). Schonborn went on to record top times in three individual races. She took top honors in both the 50-yard (32.88) and 100-yard (1:13.16) breaststroke events and later won the 200-yard individual medley (2:24.21). Rooney's remaining first place finishes came in the 50-yard (26.50) and 100-yard (58.82) freestyle events, as well as the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:48.10). Her teammates for that race were Kroll, senior Lisa Nash and first year Mary Kate Miller. Nash rounded things out with a win in the 200-yard freestyle (2:10.17).

Mount Holyoke (1-2) will return to action on Saturday, when it hosts Western Connecticut State University for a dual match beginning at 1:00 p.m.