Swimming and Diving Edged by Western Connecticut, 148-142

Complete Results

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (Nov. 22, 2008) - Using a balanced attack, the Western Connecticut State University women's swimming and diving team narrowly defeated host Mount Holyoke College 148-142 this afternoon at the Mount Holyoke Pool. The Colonials took home top honors in ten of the 16 events en route to their first ever victory over the Lyons With the win, they improved to 3-0 in dual meets this year. Mount Holyoke fell to 1-3.

Junior Katie Meleg, sophomore Megan Dyson and first year Sondra McAdam posted three first place finishes apiece to lead the way for Western Connecticut. The trio teamed up with junior Francesca Testa to win the 400-yard medley relay (4:15.90). Meleg's two individual wins came in the 100-yard (1:04.93) and 200-yard (2:24.56) backstroke events. Dyson touched the wall first in the 100-yard (1:09.66) and 200-yard (2:34.55) breaststroke races, while McAdam chipped in with first place results in the 200-yard butterfly (2:24.47) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:45.06). Testa posted the top time in the 100-yard butterfly (1:06.47), and sophomore Heather Bodington won both the one-meter (204.50) and three-meter (173.15) diving events.

Mount Holyoke was paced by Sarah Rooney, who racked up three first place finishes. The first year tapped in first in both the 50-yard (26.71) and 100-yard (58.21) freestyle races. She also combined with first year Lydia Bowers, senior Lisa Nash and sophomore Michelle Kroll to win the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:48.65). Nash added an individual win in the 200-yard freestyle (2:07.58). The Lyons remaining first place results came from juniors Lindsay Schonborn and Amanda McGrosky, who captured top honors in the 200-yard individual medley (2:20.29) and 1,000-yard freestyle (12:38.83), respectively.

Both squads will return to action on Saturday, December 2. Mount Holyoke (1-3) is slated to host the Pioneer Valley Invitational at 10:00 a.m. Other participants in the event will be Smith College and Westfield State College. Western Connecticut (3-0) will compete in the Little East Conference Championship, hosted by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, at 11:00 a.m.