November 13, 2009

Wheaton remains unbeaten with 160-140 win over visiting Coast Guard

NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College women's swimming & diving team recorded eight event victories and remained unbeaten on the season thanks to a 160-140 triumph over New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) foe United States Coast Guard Academy on Friday night in Balfour Natatorium.  The Lyons improved to 4-0 and raised their all-time series mark against the Bears to 5-0-1.

Juniors Dania Piscetta (Belmont, NH/Belmont) and Nicole Zais (Sudbury, MA/Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) and sophomore Julia Wright (Pomfret, VT/Northfield Mount Hermon School) combined to account for each of Wheaton's eight wins.

Piscetta played a role in four victories, including edging out a Coast Guard swimmer by 0.11 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle event.  She also won the 100-yard butterfly and freestyle races while anchoring the victorious 400-yard medley relay team, joining Zais, senior Iris Meehan (Bar Harbor, ME/Mount Desert Island) and sophomore Taryn Brosnan (Westford, MA/Academy of Notre Dame).

Zais captured both the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes, including narrowly beating sophomore teammate Sarah Miller (Madison, NJ/Madison) by 0.04 ticks in the 200.  Wright secured the top scores in the one- and three-meter dives for the third time in as many meets.  Junior Emma Chaiken (Bangor, ME/Bangor) was the runner up in the one-meter event, while sophomore Alexandra Wilson (Suffield, CT/Suffield) took second in the three.

Meehan posted a pair of second-place finishes in the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes, senior Stephanie Conelias (Cheshire, CT/Cheshire) was the runner up in the 200-yard butterfly and individual medley races, while freshman Caroline Isaacs (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty) came in second in the 500 free.

The 200-yard free relay team also turned in a runner-up placement, as Miller, junior Samantha Farrell (Reading, MA/Reading Memorial) and freshmen Dana Auger (Milford, MA/Milford) and Elle Van Cott (Delmar, NY/Bethlehem Central) completed the foursome.

Wheaton is back in action next Thursday for a home dual meet with the men against Colorado College at 6:00 p.m.

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