Impressive Performances Highlight Lafayette Day One of Patriot League Championships
Feb. 21, 2008
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Lafayette swimming and diving team completed day one of the 2008 Patriot League championships on Thursday, highlighted by several personal bests and strong finishes from the Leopards.
Lafayette shined in the women's 50 yard freestyle, claiming two of the top four places in the event. Marcella Nehrbass grabbed the bronze with a 24.07 time while Katie Kaczka clocked in just behind in fourth place at 24.17.
The Lafayette women, currently sitting in fifth place in the team standings, were kickstarted by its 200 yard freestyle team in the first event of the afternoon. The foursome of Hilary White, Nehrbass, Liz Geary and Kaczka grabbed a fourth place finish with a 1:37.26 mark.
Sophomore Jenn Nunn made her way into the consolation finals of the 500 yard freestyle, where she shaved close to a second off her preliminary time to finish tenth in the event (5:07.80). Senior Paige Hulsizer (5:14.37) and sophomore Hilary White (5:17.68) also made their way into the consolations and secured a 15th and 16th finishes of their own.
Junior Kerry Nichols also swam a season-best in the preliminary and followed it up with a strong performance in the consolation finals to finish 15th (2:14.27) in the 200 yard IM.
The momentum carried over to the men's side of the 50 yard freestyle, as John Jenkins made his way into the consolation finals and placed 15th at 21.70.
Navy and Bucknell are currently first and second, respectively on both the men's and women's standings. Lafayette sits in fifth on the women's side, while the men are in eighth place. The men were hampered by a false start in the 400 yard medley relay, a foursome that was swimming a season-best up to that point.
Day two of the Patriot League championships resumes tomorrow in Annapolis.
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