November 23, 2013

W&L Women's Swimming Leads the F&M Invitational

LANCASTER, Pa. – The Washington and Lee women's swimming team resides in first-place out of five teams following the second day of competition at the Franklin & Marshall Invitational on Saturday.

The Generals have amassed 602 total points and lead the host Diplomats by 135 points heading into the final day of events.  W&L won three individual events, took the only relay of the day, and set one school record. 

The 800 free relay squad consisting of senior Meredith Hardy (Cary, N.C. / Athens Drive) and first-years Natalie Brendsel (Oakton, Va. / Flint Hill), Elisabeth Holmes (Raleigh, N.C. / Needham B. Broughton) and Emily Rollo (Haddonfield, N.J. / Haddonfield Memorial) touched in 7:54.11 to claim first-place honors.

Holmes also finished second in the 200 free, touching in a school-record time of 1:55.55.  Hardy (1:58.38) and Brendsel (1:58.57) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the same event.  Additionally. Hardy placed second overall in the 50 free (24.74).

Senior Lauren Kasoff (Owings Mills, Md. / Saint Paul's) won the 400 IM with a time of 4:43.09 and was followed by sophomore Emma Swabb (Erie, Pa. / McDowell), who claimed second-place (4:44.50).  First-year Haylee Rademann (Folsom, Calif. / St. Francis) finished fourth in the 400 IM with a 4:49.80.

Sophomore Meredith Murphy (Hillsboro, Calif. / Saint Ignatius College Prep) won the 200 breast by touching in 2:30.68, while junior Mary Gabe (Mequon, Wis. / Homestead) placed third in the event with a time of 2:34.70.  Swabb added a fourth-place finish in 2:36.30.

Sophomore Stephanie Foster (Columbia, Md. / Long Reach) won the 100 back with a time of 1:00.07, leading four Generals in the Top 5 places of the event.  Rollo placed second (1:01.07), junior Caroline Hamp (Avon Lake, Ohio / Elyria Catholic) was third (1:01.70) and first-year Rachel Baker (Winston Salem, N.C. / Forsyth Country Day) was fifth (1:02.45). 

Hamp added a fourth-place finish in the 100 fly (1:00.54), with Murphy claiming fifth-place (1:00.78)

Action continues from Lancaster on Sunday morning at 10:00 am.

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