November 16, 2013

W&L Women's Swimming Goes 1-1 at Carnegie Mellon Invite

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The 18th-ranked Washington and Lee women's swimming team was in action on Saturday, falling to eighth-ranked Carnegie Mellon by a score of 168-89 and defeating Allegheny, 181-81, in a meet at CMU.

First-year Elisabeth Holmes (Raleigh, N.C. / Needham B. Broughton) led the way for the Generals (4-2), winning two individual events and swimming on one winning relay.

Holmes won the 1000 free with a time of 10:43.42 and also claimed the 200 IM with a time of 2:15.36.  Additionally, she also anchored the 400 free relay team that finished with a 3:45.84 to claim first-place honors.  Holmes was joined on the team by first-year Natalie Brendsel (Oakton, Va. / Flint Hill), senior Rebecca Lawrence (Wayne, Pa. / Conestoga) and sophomore Sarah Schaffer (Wheaton, Ill. / Wheaton Warrenville South).  In addition to the winning times, Holmes also turned in a second-place time of 5:16.85 in the 500 free.

Brendsel posted a win of her own, claiming the 100 free with a time of 54.93.  She also finished second in the 200 free with a time of 1:59.75 and senior Lauren Kasoff (Owings Mills, Md. / Saint Paul's) added a second-place finish in the 200 IM (2:16.80).

Junior Caroline Hamp (Avon Lake, Ohio / Elyria Catholic) recorded a pair of third-place finishes and swam on the third-place finishing 200 medley relay team (1:53.94).  She touched in 2:16.46 to place third in the 200 back and finished in 1:00.36 to place third in the 100 fly.

Sophomore Stephanie Foster (Columbia, Md. / Long Reach) led off for the 200 medley relay and was followed by Schaffer, Hamp and Lawrence.

Washington and Lee will return to action on Friday and Saturday when it participates in the Franklin & Marshall Invitational.  Action begins with the prelims at 10:00 am.

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