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Leopards Fall in Dual Meet at Lehigh

Arielle Blumenthal won the 1 meter and 3 meter diving events

Nov. 18, 2011

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Lafayette swimming and diving team competed in its annual meet with Lehigh on Friday at Jacobs Pool. The Leopards were edged 169-131 on the women's side while the men's team lost 223-77.

"The teams swam really well tonight," head coach Jim Dailey said. "All around it was a good meet.

Although Lafayette fell in the meet, the Leopards excelled in the 100 yard breaststroke. For the women, junior Dana Purdy placed first with her time of 1:08.15, registering splits of 32.29 and 35.86. Cory Schutz took the top spot, finishing nearly a second ahead of Lehigh's Alex Aboud in second. Schutz finished in 58.56, swimming the second leg in 30.76.

Schutz, a senior, also earned nine points for the team in the 200 yard breaststroke, closing the race in 2:10.00, nearly four seconds ahead of second place.

"The men's team swam its best times of the season," Dailey continued. "We didn't rest at all, so it was worthwhile."

Freshman Megan Kaveney led the way in the women's 50 yard freestyle, posting a time of 24.79. The freshman also placed third in the 100 yard freestyle, which was won by teammate Lauren Berry. Berry clocked in at 54.55, with splits of 26.42 and 28.13.

In the women's 500 yard freestyle, junior Julia Harris paced the field with a time of 5:16.04. Harris' effort was almost three seconds better than Lehigh's Giocanna Patafio who took second.

Kelsey Theriault, Rebecca Indeck, Berry and Kaveney combined to take first in the women's 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 140.76. Kaveney closed the race, swimming the final leg in 24.29.

"Our relay times were the fastest of the year," Said Dailey of the women's team. "This was an outstanding performance for our women, the team really came together and I'm happy with their effort."

The women's team also had success on the diving board, winning the 1 meter and 3 meter events. Lafayette claimed the first two spots in the 1 meter, as junior Arielle Blumenthal and freshman Imogen Cain placed first and second, respectively. Blumenthal also won the 3 meter, posting a score of 228.45.

The meet wraps up the fall semester slate for Lafayette. The team will return to the pool in early January when it travels to Plantation, Fla. for its winter training trip.