Lafayette Swimming and Diving Completes Day One of Patriot League Championships
Feb. 26, 2004
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (www.lafayette.edu) - Lafayette's men's and women's swimming and diving teams completed day one of the 2004 Patriot League Championships at Navy on Thursday, with a pair of school records falling on the women's side.
Freshman Liz Helwig (Basking Ridge, N.J./Madison) shattered the school record in 200 IM in Thursday's preliminaries, touching the wall in 2:06.76. The previous standard, 2:11.01, was set by Erika Hoke in 2000. Helwig later finished fifth in the finals.
Lafayette's 200 freestyle relay team of Helwig, Lori Anderson (Hayworth, N.J./North Valley-Demarest), Erin Malone (Oreland, Pa./Springfield Twp.) and Erin Rosensteel (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) also set a new school record, finishing in 1:38.76. They broke the nine-year old record of 1:38.80 and took sixth in the event.
Lafayette collected a pair of top-five finishes on the men's side. Chris Grabowski (Port Carbon, Pa./Pottsville) took fifth in the 200 IM (1:53.99), while the 200 freestyle relay team of Jakub Pritz (Holmes, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara), Stephen Connlain (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown), Janis Eisl (Philadelphia, Pa./Friends Central) and John Veltri (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrenceville) also took fifth in 1:25.21.
Grabowski's time in the 200 IM was the fourth-fastest all-time at Lafayette.
The Lafayette men sit in sixth place after day one with 91 team points, while the Leopard women are seventh with 78 points. Navy is the runaway leader on the men's side (225 points), while Colgate (178) has a slim lead over Army on the women's side.
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