ALTOONA, Pa. – The Franciscan women's swimming & diving team picked up its first win of the season as the Lady Barons defeated Penn State Altoona, 120-62, in an AMCC dual meet Saturday afternoon.
Franciscan kicked off the meet with a dominating win in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 2:05.05. Freshman Victoria Marshall kicked off the relay with a 32.36 leg of the backstroke before Aramayo swam the breaststroke in 36.10. McNulty posted a fast butterfly time of 29.21 before freshman Rachel Solomon anchored the relay with a time of 27.38 in the freestyle.
"It was great for the team to open the meet with a win," remarked head coach Cassandra Pyle. "Kudos to this relay team and their ability to dominate this event and get us off to a great start."
Junior Abby Commarford picked up the Lady Barons first individual win of the afternoon as she took first in the 1,000 –yard freestyle as she touched the wall at 14:05.69, her fastest time in the event this season.
Aramayo earned her first individual win in the third event of the afternoon as she posted an eight-second win in the 200-yard freestyle. Aramayo hit a 28.62 split in the first leg of the event to give her a good cushion and remained steady in the final three legs to eventually touch the wall at 2:10.58. The next swimmer came in at 2:18.94. Freshman Maris Bey followed Aramayo's performance with an exciting win in the always fast 50-yard free. Bey clocked a first-place time of 29.15, just .34 ahead of the Penn State Altoona swimmer.
McNulty posted back-to-back wins in the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard butterfly for the Lady Barons fifth and sixth straight event win. The junior took care of the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:22.94, almost three seconds ahead of the Penn State Altoona swimmer. The reigning AMCC swimmer of the week then came in first in the 100-yard butterfly at 1:05.67, five seconds faster than the second-place swimmer.
Christina Grieco halted the streak of Lady Baron victories taking first in the 100-yard free, but the Lady Barons took second, third, and fourth to earn nine points in the event. Bey took second with a time of 1:06.24, exactly two seconds behind Grieco. Freshman Mary O'Connor was right behind Bey with a time of 1:06.91 for third while senior Madison Jennings took fourth with a time of 1:11.59.
Marshall, freshman Holly Frame and sophomore Meaghan McCoy took second, third, and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke, respectively. Marshall came in a close second with a time of 1:10.03 while Frame finished at 1:24.06 and McCoy touched the wall at 1:31.67, a personal best.
The Lady Barons closed out the meet with three-straight wins. Aramayo earned her second individual win of the day with a time of 5:57.68 in the 500-yard freestyle to take first by 22 seconds. Grant posted the final individual win for FUS in the 100-yard breaststroke as she took first with a time of 1:16.75, a personal best for her as well, and 12 seconds ahead of the next swimmer.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Grant, Frame, O'Connor and Bey captured first with a time of 2:00.22, 12 seconds ahead of the next team. Franciscan's second team in the relay, Jennings, senior Anne Pirvanus, freshmen Katherine Racca and Rosalie Keller narrowly missed a second place time in the relay with a time of 2:12.35, .12 off of the second place time.
"I think we really found our groove and look forward to the meets ahead."
The Lady Barons get back in the pool next Friday as they take on Hiram at 6:30 pm.