February 20, 2010

Five school records, four NCAA cuts help keep Lyons third at NEWMACs

WELLESLEY, MA- The Wheaton College women's swimming & diving team posted five school records and four NCAA cuts during day two of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship at Wellesley College's Chandler Pool, as the Lyons remained third among 10 teams following Saturday night's finals.

Wheaton, which also earned two event victories on the evening and a trio of all-conference showings, upped its point total to 389, which is 85 more than fourth-place United States Coast Guard Academy.  Nine-time defending league champion Springfield College leads the pack with 568 points, while Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is second with 447.

Junior Dania Piscetta (Belmont, NH/Belmont) broke Abby Pratt's '08 school-record 10 all-conference honors after swimming a leg on tonight's victorious 200-yard medley relay team and taking second in the 100-yard butterfly.  Piscetta had a hand in three NCAA national meet provisional qualifying standards and two program marks, surpassing an NCAA time and her own school record in the 100 fly, as she notched a finals time of 57.96.

Piscetta anchored the 200 medley relay quartet that posted an NCAA provisional cut and program mark of 1:48.68.  She was joined by senior Iris Meehan (Bar Harbor, ME/Mount Desert Island), who broke Pratt's two-year-old school standard in the 50-yard backstroke in 28.26 during the leadoff leg, junior Nicole Zais (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) and sophomore Taryn Brosnan (Westford, MA/Academy of Notre Dame).  In a time trial, Piscetta surpassed an NCAA provisional standard in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.28.

Zais was triumphant in the 100-yard breaststroke event, touching the wall in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 1:07.56.  Freshman Caroline Isaacs (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty) broke a five-year-old program mark in the 400-yard individual medley, taking fourth in 4:47.15. 

Meehan nipped the school record in the 100 back by 0.02 seconds with a fourth-place time of 1:00.58, Brosnan placed fourth and fifth in the 100 breast and fly races, respectively, while junior Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, ME/Monmouth Academy) was fifth in the 100 breast.

In the night's final event, Isaacs and Perkins sided with senior Sarah Houlihan (West Springfield, MA/West Springfield) and freshman Julia Kusiak Carey (Shawmut, ME/Lawrence) in placing fifth during the 800 freestyle relay.

Action resumes tomorrow morning with the trials beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals at 6:30 p.m.

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