Lafayette Places Six on All-Patriot League Swimming and Diving Team
March 10, 2005
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Sophomore Liz Helwig (Basking Ridge, N.J./Madison) led a contingent of six Lafayette swimmers on the 2005 All-Patriot League Swimming and Diving Team.
Helwig earned her second first-team selection in as many years, while five Leopards were named to the second team.
Helwig swam on the record-breaking 200 free, 400 free, 800 free and 400 medley relay teams. She also broke her own school record in the 100 free, finishing sixth in 52.93 seconds. Helwig added fifth places in the 100 fly and 200 IM.
In just two seasons, Helwig has broken Lafayette records in the 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly and 200 IM in addition to the quartet of record-breaking relays.
Three freshmen joined Helwig on the women's all-league squad: Liz Geary (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown), Katie Kaczka (South Plainfield, N.J./South Plainfield) and Julie Sauer (Rochester, N.Y./Rush Henrietta).
Geary swam on the 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley and 400 medley relays, all of which broke school records. She was also fifth in the 100 back, seventh in the 200 back and ninth in the 200 IM. Kaczka finished ninth in the 50 free in a school-record time of 24.40 seconds and was also a part of the record-breaking 200 free, 400 free, 800 free and 400 medley relay teams. Sauer was a member of the 200 medley and 400 medley relays and added eighth-place finishes in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 100 back.
On the men's side, junior Greg Van Volkenburg (Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep) and freshman J.B. Worster (Lower Gwynedd, Pa./La Salle Prep) earned second-team all-league honors. They swam the first two legs on the school-record-setting 200 medley relay team that took second in 1:34.25 and were part of the 200 free relay that finished in 1:23.79, just 0.14 seconds off the Lafayette record.
Van Volkenburg added a fifth in the 200 back, sixth in the 100 back and ninth in the 200 IM, while Worster collected a fifth in the 100 back and seventh in the 100 fly in his first league championship meet.
Lafayette's men's and women's teams both finished sixth overall at the 2005 Patriot League Championships.
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