February 18, 2011

Wheaton opens first day of NEWMACs in fourth place, posts NCAA cut

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - One NCAA Championship provisional qualifying time highlighted the Wheaton College women's swimming & diving team's showing in day one of the three-day New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, as the Lyons placed fourth among 10 teams on Friday at Mount Holyoke College.

Recording 110.5 points, the Lyons are 4.5 points ahead of Wellesley College and six in front of Clark University.  Ten-time defending champion Springfield College holds a three-point lead over second-place Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Wheaton has finished a program-best third each of the past three years.

Senior Dania Piscetta (Belmont, N.H./Belmont) notched an NCAA cut in the 50-yard freestyle in 24.07.  Placing second, Piscetta upped her school-best all-conference honors to 12.  Piscetta also anchored the runner-up 400-yard medley relay team that finished in 3:59.52. 

Joining Piscetta on the relay were senior Nicole Zais (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional), junior Taryn Brosnan (Westford, Mass./Academy of Notre Dame) and sophomore Elle Van Cott (Delmar, N.Y./Bethlehem Central).  Piscetta now has 13 all-league accolades, while Zais has 11.  Leading off the relay, Van Cott broke the school record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.31.

During the 200-yard freestyle relay, Piscetta, Van Cott, Zais and senior Stephany Perkins (Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Academy) missed an NCAA provisional qualifying time by 0.20 seconds, as the quartet placed third in 1:37.14.

Tomorrow's trials session is set to begin at 11:00 a.m. with the 200-yard medley relay. The finals start at 6:30 p.m.

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