January 22, 2011

Lyons continue winning ways with victories over Babson on Senior Day

NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College men's and women's swimming & diving teams continued their winning ways on Saturday afternoon in Balfour Natatorium, where the Lyons swept New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) counterpart Babson College to help celebrate Senior Day.

The men won their second straight meet with a 174-119 victory, improving to 3-8 on the season, while the women, ranked 22nd nationally by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA), captured all 16 event wins en route to a 202-88 triumph and an 8-4 record.

Seniors Dania Piscetta (Belmont, N.H./Belmont) and Nicole Zais (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) paced the women with four event victories apiece, including three individual wins from Piscetta.  Piscetta bested the competition in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events and 100-yard butterfly race with times of 24.67, 55.17 and 1:01.54, respectively.

Zais continued her dominance in the breaststroke, winning the 100-yard event in 1:07.78 and 200-yard competition in 2:29.41.  She and Piscetta sided with seniors Samantha Farrell (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) and Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) in the 200-yard free relay, going 1:43.81.

Perkins and Zais joined forces with seniors Sara Hollar (La Crescenta, Calif./Flintridge Prep) and Alisha Wilson (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) during the 400-yard medley relay that finished in 4:19.43.  Hollar was victorious in the 200-yard fly in 2:19.38, as was Wilson during the 400-yard individual medley in 5:04.70.

Senior Emma Chaiken (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) and sophomores Dana Auger (Milford, Mass./Milford) and Caroline Isaacs (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) were multi-event winners.  Chaiken swept the one-and three-meter dive competitions with 213.90 and 196.27 points, respectively.  Auger topped the 100- and 200-yard backstroke fields in 1:04.23 and 2:23.45, respectively, while Isaacs secured victories in the distance free races.

Isaacs won the 500-yard free in 5:33.61 and earned a victory during the 1,000-yard free in 11:14.85.  Rounding out the event wins was junior Sarah Miller (Madison, N.J./Madison), who turned in a time of 2:05.93 in the 200-yard free race.

The men claimed nine triumphs, with seniors Zach Fichman-Klein (North Attleboro, Mass./North Attleboro) and Ben Sabol (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Shorecrest Prep) and freshman Emerson Jenkins (Kansas City, Mo./Pembroke Hill School) having a hand in three.  Individually, Fichman-Klein won the 100-yard butterfly in 55.89, Sabol finished first during the 100-yard backstroke in 55.74, and Jenkins bested the 50-yard freestyle field in 22.36.

The trio sided with senior Sam Dean-Lee (Rocky Hill, Conn./Xavier) in the 400-yard medley relay, as the foursome emerged victorious in 3:47.72.  They later joined sophomore Sam Neill (Ludlow, Mass./Belchertown) for the winning time of 1:30.04 during the 200-yard free relay.

Freshman Charlie Maier (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) once again swept the one- and three-meter dives with scores of 249.90 and 233.33 points, respectively.  Senior Corey Best (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) and junior brother Devon Best (Brentwood, Tenn./Ravenwood) touched the wall first in the 200-yard fly and back races, respectively.  Corey Best finished in 2:09.12, while Devon Best recorded a time of 2:05.71.

The Lyons are back in action one week from today at Tufts University beginning at 1:00 p.m.

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