Brown Breaks School Record on Day 2
Feb. 22, 2013
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Senior Christina Brown broke the school record in the 400 individual medley, highlighting the Lafayette swimming and diving team's participation in day two of the Patriot League Championships at Bucknell University.
Brown touched the wall in a time of 4:33.15, finishing 13th while qualifying for the finals tonight. Freshman Robert Pollastro (4:08.64) also qualified for the finals with his 15th place finish in the event.
In the women's 100-yard butterfly, Jaclyn Andrews swam a time of 57.08 to advance to the A finals, while Megan Kaveney's 58.78 placed her 16th and sent her through to the B finals. In the men's 100 fly Christopher Wickwire placed 13th in Friday's preliminary in 51:36. Joshua Hitchings (51.52) ended two spots behind him.
In the women's 100 breaststroke, Lafayette put three swimmers (Dana Purdy, Andrea Parish and Kelly Caggainello) through to the finals as they finished 13th, 14th and 15th, respectively. In the men's 100 breast, Greg Grewal made waves with a time of 55.88 for a fifth place in the A final. David Woods also advanced in 58.52 for 16th.
In the men's 100-backstroke, Evan Newbold (51.41) and Robert Gahn (52.42), placed ninth and 13th respectively and will swim Friday night in the finals. In the 200 free, Rob Lowery clocked a time of 1:42.37 to place 15th and also advanced.
FRIDAY NIGHT RECAP: For the second time in the same day, Brown set a school record in the 400 IM. Brown bested her preliminary performance by nearly three seconds, swimming to the wall in 4:30.59 to finish 11th in the event.
The best overall event for the Leopards in the night session was the 100 breast. On the women's side, the Leopards' scored 15 points with Dana Purdy finishing 11th (1:06.60) followed Caggainello, Kelsey Theriault and Parish in 13th, 14th and 15th. For the men, Grewal was fifth in 55.75 to garner 14 points on his own while Woods (14thin 58.23) added three.
In the 100 butterfly, Andrews recorded a sixth-place finish in 56.96, besting her prelim time by 12 hundredths. Kaveney ended in 15th. In the men's 100 fly, Wickwire finished 12th (51.26) and Hitchings 15th (51.53).
In the relay events, the Leopard women took fifth in the 200 medley. Kate Durkan, Purdy, Kaveney and Theriault swam a 1:48.13 for fifth place and 27 points. The men's squad of Newbold, Grewal, Hitchings and Robert Lowery ended seventh at 1:33.76. In the 800 free relay, Julia Harris, Durkan, Jacqueline Johnson and Brown finished ended in 7:48.70 while the men's team of Adam Gill, Sacha Broccard, Tom St.Vincent and Wickwire placed seventh (7:03.73).
Other individual performance in the finals included Pollastro in the 400 IM (14th in 4:09.69), Lowery in the 200 free (14th 1:42.18) and Newbold (10th in 51.62) and Gahn (14th in 52.47) in the 100 backstroke. Senior Arielle Blumenthal finished 16th in diving with a score of 170.65.
In terms of team scoring, the Lafayette women moved into sixth place with 126 points while the men occupy seventh with 120 points. Navy leads both team competitions with 534 points on the women's side and 655 points on the men's side.
Action will pick up again on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
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