Swimming & Diving Teams Head to Franklin & Marshall Invitational this Weekend

Swimming & Diving Teams Head to Franklin & Marshall Invitational this Weekend

Friday, November 16 – Sunday, November 18
Lancaster, Pa

The Mountaineers topped Howard, 161-155, and Monmouth, 146-131, on November 3 in the team's first home meet of the season. The pair of victories pushed the Mount's record to 5-1 on the season. Mary Lombardi led the way once again for the Mount with a pair of individual victories on the afternoon. The senior raced to first-place finishes in both the 400 free (4:41.08) and the 800 free (9:35.75) to pace the Mount. Freshmen Jordan Friedman and Elizabeth Fahrney were vital to the Mount's success on Saturday as both rookies posted a win apiece. Friedman took the top spot in the 100 free (1:01.50), and Fahrney raced to first place in the 200 breast (2:47.50). Maddie McGraw registered a pair of second-place showings at the meet. The senior touched the wall in 1:06.94 in the 100 back, as she narrowly missed out on breaking her own program record in the event (1:06.75). McGraw also took second place in the 200 back with a time of 2:28.73. Other second-place finishers in individual swimming events on the afternoon included Friedman in the 200 IM (2:33.61), Maggie deTar in the 200 free (2:12.77), and Valeria Villagran in the 100 fly (1:08.10). In the 1-meter diving event, Laci Vickery posted the Mount's top score (161.65) to place second, while Laura Kingham registered a 158.70, and Catherine Davis notched a 139.40.

The men fell to Howard, 143-126, and Monmouth, 152.5-108.5, in the team's first home meet of the season last time out. John Wilson led the Mountaineers at the meet with a trio of top-two finishes, including a victory in the 200 breast in a time of 2:26.30. Wilson also placed second in both the 100 breast (1:06.65) and 200 IM (2:16.15). Ryan Carroll helped pace the Mount at the meet, swimming to a first-place finish in the 100 fly (58.47), while placing second in the 200 fly (2:17.67). Will Twizell posted the Mount's other victory at the meet, racing to first place in the 200 IM (2:14.22). Rookie Ryan Griffiths registered a pair of second-place showings on the afternoon, clocking in at 1:00.40 in the 100 back and 2:11.95 in the 200 back. Nicholas Starvaggi notched the Mount's other second-place finish on the day, touching the wall in 9:18.50 in the 800 free.

The women's squad earned a third-place finish at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational last season. Maddie McGraw and Alyssa Felos highlighted competition by each setting new program records. McGraw won the 100 back with a time of 57.16, breaking her own program record in the process. Felos also joined the Mount's record books with a new school record in the 200 breast. Felos clocked in at 2:26.67 in the prelims, which broke Haley Fournier's old record of 2:27.63. Felos then topped her preliminary heat with a time of 2:26.47 in the finals as she finished in third place. Other top-five finishers for the Mount at the meet included Mary Lombardi in the 1650 free (second place) and 500 free (fourth place), and McGraw in the 200 back (fourth place).

The men's team also finished third at the 2017 Franklin & Marshall Invite. The Mountaineers claimed nine top-five finishes in individual events during the three-day event. Will Twizell paced the Mount with a victory in the 400 IM (4:01.57), and second-place showings in the 100 breast (56.51) and 200 breast (2:05.06). John Wilson earned the Mount's next-best finish at the meet, claiming third place in the 400 IM (2:08.33), while Aidan McCormick swam to a fourth-place showing (2:09.80) in the event. John Mata (53.48 in 100 back), McCormick (58.31 in 100 breast), and Wilson (1:57.94 in 200 IM) each recorded fourth-place finishes, and Brock Cudahy (47.43 in 100 free) finished fifth to round out the Mount's top-five showings.

The Mount men's and women's teams head to the H2ounds Invitational hosted by Loyola on November 30-December 1.