NEW LONDON, CT- For the second time in as many meets, sophomore Julia Wright (Pomfret, VT/Northfield Mount Hermon School) notched an NCAA diving cut, this time doing so during the Wheaton College men's and women's swimming & diving teams' double-dual meet in Connecticut College's Lott Natatorium on Saturday afternoon.
The women split their results, knocking off Trinity College by a 211-89 count while dropping a 189-109 decision to the hosts, thus bringing their record to 6-4. After suffering a heartbreaking 147-146 loss to Trinity and a 197-87 setback to the Camels, the men are 0-11.
With her second national meet provisional standard in the one-meter dive, Wright qualifies for the NCAA Championship, which necessitates a diver achieving the minimum qualifying score on either the one- or three-meter boards at least once at a conference championship or twice on the same board at any other bona fide competition. Sweeping the one- and three-meter fields, Wright notched scores of 262.14 and 249.15, respectively.
Junior Nicole Zais (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:31.22, 0.3 ticks ahead of the runner up, and finished second in the 100 breast in 1:09.98, just 0.2 seconds off the leader. Zais also played a role in Wheaton's two runner-up relays, joining classmates Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, ME/Monmouth Academy) and Dania Piscetta (Belmont, NH/Belmont) on the 200-yard medley and 400-yard free teams.
During the 200 medley relay, the trio sided with senior Iris Meehan (Bar Harbor, ME/Mount Desert Island) to finish in 1:53.48, a mere 0.32 seconds shy of first. Sophomore Sarah Miller (Madison, NJ/Madison) joined Perkins, Piscetta and Zais on the 400-yard free relay team.
Wheaton's remaining runner-up placements came from Meehan in the 100-yard backstroke, Miller in the 500-yard freestyle, Perkins in the 100 free and Piscetta in the 50 free.
The Wheaton-Trinity men's outcome was decided during the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, with the Lyons taking second and sixth place and the Bantams third and fifth. On the runner-up team were juniors Sam Dean-Lee (Rocky Hill, CT/Xavier) and Ben Sabol (Saint Petersburg, FL/Shorecrest Prep), sophomore Devon Best (Brentwood, TN/Ravenwood) and freshman Sam Neill (Ludlow, MA/Belchertown).
The 200-yard medley relay quartet, comprised of Dean-Lee, Neill, Sabol and junior Zach Fichman-Klein (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro), also took second, as did Fichman-Klein in the 100-yard butterfly.
The Lyons turned in six third-place finishes, led by junior Jonathan Gold (West Harrison, NY/Fordham Prep) during the one- and three-meter dives. Others taking third were Dean-Lee in the 200-yard freestyle, juniors Corey Best (Brentwood, TN/Ravenwood) and Eddie Gillie (Haverhill, MA/Saint John's Prep) during the 200-yard breaststroke and 500-yard freestyle, respectively, and sophomore Trevor Deans (Redding, CT/Joel Barlow) in the 100-yard breast.
The Lyons return home for the first time in over two months next Saturday, when they entertain New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe Babson College at 1:00 p.m.