Wheaton relay team garners program's first All-America accolades

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- The Wheaton College women's swimming & diving team's 200-yard freestyle relay team garnered the program's first All-America accolades on Thursday night at the NCAA Division III Championship, as the Lyon quartet landed honorable mention laurels at the University of Minnesota's University Aquatic Center.

Sophomores Samantha Farrell (Reading, MA/Reading Memorial), Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, ME/Monmouth Academy), Dania Piscetta (Belmont, NH/Belmont) and Nicole Zais (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) finished 14th in the country with a time of 1:37.17, which was just 0.25 ticks shy of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) counterpart Springfield College.

Piscetta also competed individually during the second day of the four-day championship, finishing 30th in the 100-yard butterfly trials in 58.16. On Wednesday, the sophomore quartet took 20th during the preliminaries of the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:49.85, coming within 0.21 seconds of a school record. Piscetta placed 47th during Wednesday's 200-yard individual medley preliminaries, while Zais was 48th in the 50-yard freestyle trials.

With two days to go, the Lyons are entered in five remaining events, including Friday's 800-yard freestyle relay and 100-yard breaststroke, in which Zais is set to compete. Piscetta will race the 100-yard free on Saturday and Zais the 200-yard breast before joining their teammates for the 400-yard free relay.