STEUBENVILLE – The Franciscan women's swimming and diving team made a big splash in their first meet back after winter break with a pair of wins against Bethany and Pitt.-Bradford and a strong showing against DII Lock Haven, Saturday afternoon.
Franciscan picked up a 184-90 win over AMCC opponent Pitt.-Bradford and a 210-56 win over Bethany while Lock Haven narrowly beat the Lady Barons 151-129.
Adding to her already impressive junior season, Elizabeth McNulty picked up three individual wins for the Lady Barons while helping the 200-medley relay to a second-place finish.
In the first race of the afternoon, the Lady Barons impressed in the 200-medley relay taking second with a time of 2:05.21, just 1.68 off the first place team. Victoria Marshall got the Lady Barons off to a strong start with her backstroke while Rachel Solomon put FUS in a good position in the relay with her leg of the breaststroke. McNulty swam a strong butterfly and Cristina Aramayo closed out the race with an impressive freestyle leg.
In her first solo race, McNulty took first in the 200-yard butterfly. The junior touched the wall for the final time at 2:20.34, four and a half second ahead of her next competitor. McNulty followed up her 200-yard fly win with a victory in the 100-yard butterfly. McNulty took first with an impressive time of 1:03.01, .99 off her seed time and 3.36 seconds ahead of the next fastest swimmer. McNulty finished out her meet with a win in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:22.62.
"Lizzie is a great team leader," head coach Cassandra Pyle affectionately remarked of her junior. "She always pushes herself and those around her to do their very best."
Aramayo picked up the first of the Lady Barons' four third-place time as she swam a 2:14.34 in the 200-yard freestyle. Freshman Maris Bey and Emily Wieszcsek went second and third in the 50-yard freestyle. Bey finished at 27.73, a personal best for her this season, and Wieszcsek finished closely behind at 27.83.
"Emily just joined us this week," commented Coach Pyle. "But she is proving herself to be a very valuable addition to this team and we are looking forward to seeing where she will go during the rest of the season."
Anne Pivarunas and Solomon posted a second and third place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with times of 3:26.73 and 3:29.84, respectfully, following Pivarunas' win in the 1-meter dive with a score of 104.
"Anne was pivotal for us today. She has been strong for the team as both a swimmer and diver all season."
Franciscan wrapped up the meet with a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay, led by a strong lead-off leg from Emily Allsteadt and anchored by Bey.
The Lady Barons continue their season in preparation of the AMCC championship meet as they travel to Chatham on Saturday, January 14 for a dual meet at 1pm.