BRADFORD, Pa. – The Franciscan women's swimming & diving team kicked off the 2016-17 season in impressive fashion with a third place finish at the Panther Relays, Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Baron 3x100 breaststroke relay and 3x100 medley relay teams each earned a first-place finish while four other relay teams took second in their events.
The 3x1 breaststroke relay team was the first first-place finish for the Lady Barons as junior Elizabeth McNulty anchored a time of 3:57.85. Freshman Cristina Aramayo kicked off the race with an impressive 1:18.27 in the first 100 yards while Rachel Solomon swam a 1:27:27 split before McNulty sealed the win with a speedy 1:12.31 final leg. The Lady Barons touched the wall a full 15 seconds ahead of the next relay team.
Picking up the Lady Barons second win of the day was the 3x100 medley relay team. Once again, Aramayo, Solomon and McNulty teamed up for the win, but this time Aramayo swam the fasted leg for FUS, opening the race with a 1:10.17 split.
The 3x100 yard butterfly opened the meet with a second-place finish with a time of 3:28.97 with the usual suspects of Solomon and McNculty swimming excellent races while Victoria Marshall joined with a 1:17.23 leg to help propel the Lady Barons.
The 3x100 yard backstroke relay team followed suit with a second-place finish as well with Carla Smith, Abby Commarford and Marshall teaming together for a 3:47.15 finish. The 800-yard freestyle relay team took second with a time of 10:05.59. Commarford led off the race while Mary O'Connor and Maris Bey swam the two middle legs and Aramayo anchored the team.
The Lady Barons took second in the unusually 5x100 yard freestyle relay as five different swimmers swam different lengths. O'Connor opened the race with a 30.63 in her 50-yard leg with Solomon swam 100 yards in 1:04.05. Aramayo swam the longest leg as she went 200 yards in 2:16.00 and McNulty finished off the final 150 yards.
Head coach Cassandra Pyle was impressed with how her swimmers opened the year, especially noting the impressive work by the breaststroke relay teams and their ability to dominate the pool.
The Lay Barons come home next Friday to host Alfred State in a 3:30 pm meet.