Lyons finish NCAA Championship with program's first placement

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- The Wheaton College women's swimming & diving team wrapped up the four-day NCAA Division III Championship with the first national placement in the program's 18-year history on Saturday, tying for 48th among 58 scoring teams with six points 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), who earned the program's first All-America honors on Thursday, posted a 20th-place finish during the 400-yard freestyle relay trials.

The Lyons edged out New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Springfield College by 1.66 seconds during the relay in 3:36.22. Piscetta and Zais also swam individually during Saturday's preliminaries, with Zais placing 25th in the 200-yard breaststroke and Piscetta taking 42nd in the 100-yard free.

On Friday, the Wheaton quartet was in action for another relay, finishing 18th in the 800-yard freestyle event with a time of 8:00.37. Also in the morning session, Zais touched the wall during the 100-yard breaststroke trials in 1:05.96, good for 23rd overall.