January 31, 2009

Lyons complete dual schedule at Bates by facing Bobcats and Tufts

LEWISTON, ME- Wheaton College's men's and women's swimming & diving teams completed their dual-meet schedule by swimming at Bates College's Tarbell Pool against the Bobcats and Tufts University on Saturday.

The Lyon women downed the hosts, 172-120 but fell to the Jumbos, 183-116 and finished the season with a 9-6-1 record. Wheaton's men ended the campaign at 4-12 after bowing to both Bates, 170-110 and Tufts, 231-64.

Junior Iris Meehan (Bar Harbor, ME/Mount Desert Island) and sophomore Nicole Zais (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) each played a hand in two victories for the Lyons, including when the pair joined sophomores Samantha Farrell (Reading, MA/Reading Memorial) and Dania Piscetta (Belmont, NH/Belmont) on the top 200-yard medley relay foursome. It finished in 1:53.88, which bettered the two second-place teams by 0.66 seconds.

Zais also won the 50-yard breaststroke, while Meehan took the 50-yard backstroke. Following Meehan was senior Caitlin Glover (Durham, NH/Berwick Academy), who placed second just 0.04 ticks ahead of the third-place finisher and 0.07 seconds in front of the fourth-place swimmer. Farrell took the runner-up spot in the 50-yard butterfly, as Wheaton athletes occupied the second, third and fourth positions, finishing within 0.44 seconds of one another.

Farrell, Piscetta, Zais and sophomore Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, ME/Monmouth Academy) came in second during the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:42.18, placing only 0.26 seconds behind the winning foursome. Other runner-up finishers for the Lyons were sophomore Sara Hollar (La Crescenta, CA/Flintridge Prep) in the 200 fly and freshman Julia Wright (Pomfret, VT/Northfield Mount Hermon School) during the three-meter dive.

On the men's side, sophomore Jonathan Gold (West Harrison, NY/Fordham Prep) notched a second-place showing during the three-meter dive while nabbing third in the one-meter event. Classmates Corey Best (Brentwood, TN/Ravenwood) and Ben Sabol (Saint Petersburg, FL/Shorecrest Prep) took third in the 200-yard butterfly and 50-yard backstroke, respectively, while freshman Cole Larson-Whittaker (Penobscot, ME/George Stevens Academy) finished third during the 1,000-yard freestyle race.

Wheaton's teams finish up their regular season campaigns next Saturday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Winter Invitational, which begins at 1:00 p.m.

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