PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Junior Elizabeth McNulty swam away with the 2016 Chatham Invitational as she led the Franciscan swimming and diving team with four individual wins, Saturday afternoon.
As a team, the Lady Barons finished fourth in the invite with 366 points.
The junior kicked off her individual events with a third-place finish in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 35.61. McNulty earned her first individual win in the 200-yard IM. Seeded almost a full second ahead of the next fastest swimmer, McNulty claimed first touching the wall at 2:21.56, .23 ahead of the second-place swimmer. That win kicked off a string of three-straight wins for McNulty. In her next event, McNulty captured first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.45. The junior's third win of the day came in the 100-yard breaststroke as she finished a full three seconds ahead of the next swimmer at 1:12.52. McNulty took narrowly missed her fourth-straight win as she took third in the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 29.34, just half a second off of the first place finish. The Herndon, VA native wrapped up her individual events as she claimed first in the 200-yard butterfly. McNulty dominated the pool with a time of 2:18.90.
"Elizabeth had an awesome day," complimented head coach Cassandra Pyle. "She competed in six individual events and proved to be a force to compete with. She is a very gifted swimmer and leads others on the team with her success and her faith."
McNulty opened the meet alongside freshmen Victoria Marshall and Maris Bey and Abby Commarford in the 200-yard medley relay. The FUS team took sixth in an extremely competitive race with a time of 2:11.74.
Marshall had a solid day in the pool for the Lady Barons, picking up several points in her five individual races. After taking eighth in the 50-yard breaststroke at 43.43, the freshman finished the 50-yard backstroke in 32.32 and took sixth for her highest individual finish. Marshall then took eighth in the 100-yard backstroke at 1:09.45 and seventh in the 200-yard backstroke at 2:40.97.
Marshall and McNulty helped the 200-yard freestyle relay team to a fifth-place finish with a time of 1:56.01.
"Victoria is one of the best surprises joining the Lady Barons this season. She is a versatile swimmer that gives her all for the team."
Bey took eighth in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 35.47 and 10th in the 50-yard free after touching the wall at 28.62. Bey earned her third individual top-10 performance with a 10th-place finish in the 100-yard free at 1:06.65.
Sophomore Emily Allsteadt took sixth in the 500-yard free with a time of 6:28.27 for her only individual top-10 time of the afternoon while Commarford took eighth in the 200-yard butterfly at 3:24.71 and ninth in the500-yard free at 6:54.25. Senior Madison Jennings took 10th in the 50-yard butterfly after finishing at 38.09 to round out the Lady Barons top-10 finishers.
"I am very pleased with how the team is competing so far this year. I really look forward to watching the girls grow as the season goes on."
The Lady Barons get back in the pool next Saturday as they travel to Penn State Altoona for a 1pm meet.