Teams raise money to fight cancer
Notes: Tennessee freshman earns national honor
Amy Hughes, NCAA.com
At the dual meet between Kutztown and Lock Haven last Saturday, more than $500 was raised for the American Cancer Society. The fundraising event surrounding the meet was held in honor of Kim Sianis and John Terray, who both died of pancreatic cancer last year. Sianis' daugther, Zoe, swims for Kutztown while Terray's daughter, Amanda, swims for Lock Haven.
Kutztown won the dual 148-105. Both teams wore special purple caps for the event, rather than ones in their regular school colors, and fans in the stands sported purple shirts in support of the event. It was also senior day for the Golden Bears.
“It was great to participate and give back,” Kutztown senior Alex Crigler said. “It's really important to do something like this for Zoe. [It] was really emotional and it feels like I'm leaving my family. I know I'll be friends with them forever and it's great to have their support.”
Jordan Shapiro won three events for Kutztown, taking the 100-yard backstroke (1:02), the 200 back (2:15.25) and the 50 freestyle (25.62). Shapiro's time in the 100 backstroke was a PSAC qualifying time.
Lauren Malloy finished with a PSAC qualifying time to win the 200 butterfly for Kutztown. Kerry Choplin (200 freestyle), Lauren Piorkowski (200 breaststroke) and the 200 relay team also placed first. The Bears won nine of the 14 events to improve to 7-0 in dual meets and have won 22 consecutive overall.
Need to Know
• Tennessee sophomore Kelsey Floyd notched victories in the 100 and 200 butterfly events against second-ranked Georgia, including breaking her own UT and AJIAC pool records in the 200. Her time of 1:55.55 in the 200-yard fly ranks eighth in the nation and is first in the conference by almost three seconds. She also earned runner-up finishes with NCAA B-cut times in the 200-yard back (1:57.28) and 400-yard freestyle relay (3:21.04). Her 100 fly time of 53.55 was a season-best mark. She has recorded multiple individual wins in five of the six dual meets she has competed in this season.
• Floyd's teammate Lindsay Gendron was named the SEC Freshman of the Week and the National Collegiate Division I Swimmer of the Week. Gendron won two events in a 177-123 loss to Georgia, taking the top place in the 200-yard freestyle (1:45.35, NCAA “B” cut and pool record) and the 500 free (4:44.46, NCAA “B” cut). She also finished second in the 50-yard freestyle (23.30) and was a member of the second-place 400 free relay team (3:21.04).
• St. Olaf freshman Lindsey Lee earned Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Week after a big weekend at last Saturday’s Meet of the Saints, hosted by St. Thomas. Lee won the 200 breaststroke in 2:27.09, finishing four seconds ahead of the rest of the field and clocking the fastest time in the MIAC this season. Lee also finished second with a 1:08.21 in the 100 breaststroke. Lee also helped the 400 medley relay team to a second-place finish behind St. Cloud State in 4:03.59.
• Grand Valley State junior Carly Bush won three individual events and was on two victorious relay teams last week. She won the 200-yard butterfly (2:07.70, NCAA “B” cut) and 1,000-yard freestyle (10:44.81, NCAA “B” cut) against Indianapolis. She also finished first in the 100 butterfly (58.70) and second in the 200 free (1:56.54) against Hope College.
• Two-time defending NCAA Division II team champion Drury hits the road this weekend, traveling to Fayetteville, Ark., where it will swim against Arkansas, which is ranked No. 20 in Division I. It is the final dual meet of the season for the Razorbacks.
• Wheaton College senior Dania Piscetta was named the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week after winning four individual and two relay events during Wheaton’s wins against Babson and WPI. In her team’s 142-99 win against WPI, she topped the field in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:14.73 while joining the victorious 400-yard medley relay team that finished in 4:21.75. During Saturday's 202-88 triumph against Babson, Piscetta bested the competition in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events and 100-yard butterfly race with times of 24.67, 55.17 and 1:01.54, respectively. She also helped the 200-yard free relay team to the top time of 1:43.81.
• Ithaca senior Sheila Rhoades was named the Empire 8’s athlete of the week for the third time this season after sweeping the sprint freestyle events in Ithaca’s tri-meet wins against SUNY Fredonia and Nazareth. Rhoades won the 50 free in 24.84 seconds, the 100 free in 53.13 (pool record) and the 200 free in 1:56.71.
• Smith College sophomore Jenika Parson was named the NEWMAC Diver of the Week with an NCAA provisional score of 404 on the one-meter board at the Seven Sisters Championship. She also scored 381.65 to finish second in the three-meter competition.
• Division I’s top team, Stanford travels to Southern California this weekend and will swim dual meets at No. 21 UCLA on Friday and No. 3 Southern California on Saturday.
• In the CSCAA Division I Poll, Southern California moved up on spot to No. 3 while Texas fell from third to sixth. Auburn jumped from 12th to fifth after topping then-No. 6 Florida in the Tigers’ final dual meet of the season last Friday.