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HAMILTON WOMEN'S SWIMMING PLACES SECOND IN STATES

By staff  |  Contact staff
Posted February 23, 1998
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The Hamilton Women's Swimming and Diving placed second at the New York State Women's Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA) Swimming Championships hosted by Union College this past weekend.

The Continentals, with 1132 points, finished behind only Ithaca College, who had 1628 points. Union placed third with 1002 points.

There were several outstanding performance for Hamilton during the three day tournament, where the Continentals held second place after every session. Although no individual Hamilton swimmer or diver was crowned a New York State Champion, the Continentals held their own in most of the events.

On the first day, the 200 Freestyle relay team of sophomore Amy Ryan (Wellesley Hills, MA/Newton Country Day), freshman Jennifer Kunz (), sophomore Holly Brown (Binghamton, NY/Elmira Free Academy), and sophomore Meghan Steed (Fairport, NY/Pittsford-Sutherland) finished second with a time of 1:40.17. In the 200 Individual Medley, Brown placed third with a time of 2:13.53, while freshman Emily Pietropalo (Victor, NY/Victor) finished at 2:15.09, good for sixth place. In the 50 freestyle, Kunz finished third (25.15) while Steed placed sixth (25.29). The 400 Medley relay team of senior Maura Gorman (Larchmont, NY/Ursuline School), senior Lisa Horner (Piedmont, CA/Piedmont), Pietropalo and Steed finished third with a mark of 4:08.37

In the One-meter diving competition Freshman Emily Coleman (St. David's, PA/Radnor) finished in fourth place with a score of 313.55. Hamilton finished Thursday's competition with 364.50 points as a team.

On Friday, the 200 Medley relay team of Gorman, Horner, Steed, and Kunz placed third with a time of 1:53.40, Pietropalo finished seventh in the 400 Individual medley (4:49.96), Brown placed third in the 200 freestyle (1:59.54), Horner finished the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.79, good for seventh place, while Gorman, in perhaps the most exciting race of the weekend, finished second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.09, just two-hundredths of a second back of the winner. Brown, Pietropalo, Gorman and freshman Erica Ball (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) combined to finish the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 8:04.56, good for third place.

Going into the championship's final day, Hamilton, trailing first place Ithaca by over 300 points, concentrated on holding onto second place and their 44-point lead over Union. Freshman Lauren Ivison (Del Mar, CA/Midland School) started things off right for the Continentals with a fifth place finish in the 1650 freestyle (18:18.63), while Ball finished the same event in ninth place at 18:34.52. Gorman placed third in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:12.34, while Brown (55.01) and Steed (55.25) placed fourth and fifth respectively in the 100 freestyle. Horner had a time of 2:29.99 in the 200 breaststroke (fifth place) and Pietropalo placed fourth in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:18.62. And in the New York State Championships final event, the 400 Freestyle relay team of Gorman, Brown, Steed, and Kunz finished second with a time of 3:43.51.

In the Three-meter diving competition, Coleman finished in fifth place with 317.42 points while Korey O'Malley (Liverpool, NY/Liverpool) place eighth with 300.00 points.

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