HIRAM, OH – In one of their last meets before the conference championships, the Franciscan women's swimming and diving team had a strong showing against Hiram and Washington & Jefferson, Saturday afternoon. The Lady Barons defeated the host Terriers 98-35 while W&J nudged by the Lady Barons by a score of 74-62.
"As we get closer to champs, each girl is getting more focused on her individual events," remarked head coach Cassandra Pyle. "Each one of them have proven to be a valuable asset to the Lady Baron swimming and diving team."
The Lady Barons earned three individual wins while taking first place points in the200-meter freestyle relay.
Victoria Marshall earned the first individual win for the Lady Barons as she took first in the 100-meter backstroke. Marshall finished with an impressive time of 1:18.44. Cristina Aramayo won the 400-meter free with a time of 5:09.67, a full 17 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Elizabeth McNulty earned her only individual win of the day in the 100-meter IM with a time of 1:13.14. The team of Aramayo, Maris Bey, Marshall and Emily Wieszcsek won the 200-meter free relay to close out the meet with a time of 2:07.85.
To go along with their four win, the Lady Barons posted six second place finishes and six third place times.
The 200-meter medley relay team opened the meet with a second-place finish with the team of Marshall, Katie Cunningham, McNulty and Rachel Solomon with a time of 2:22.99. Aramayo took second in the 200-meter free at 2:28.23 and Marshall earned second-place points in the 50-meter backstroke at 36.13. Wieszcsek took second in the 100-meter free with a time of 1:14.06 while Cunningham hit a second-place mark in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:34.61. McNulty took second in the 50-meter butterfly with a time of 32.17.
Cunningham rounded out a good day in the pool with a third-place time in the 50-meter breaststroke at 46.20 while Bey took third in the 100-meter freestyle at 1:15.02. Allsteadt earned third-place points for the Lady Barons in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 5:42.55 and Solomon earned the Lady Barons final individual third-place finish in the lanes with a third-place time in the 50-meter butterfly at 33.90.
Jasmine Florentino had a strong day on the boards and took third in the 3-meter dive with a score of 116.00 before the 200-meter freestyle relay team of Anne Pivarunas, Florentio, Meaghan McCoy, and Jennings closed out the meet with a third-place time of 2:37.06.
"Jasmine spent only two days on the 3-meter board before today's meet and really impressed with how well she dived," continued Coach Pyle. "Cristina dominated the 400-meter free and was solid in the 200-meter free. I am proud of how she performed today."
The Lady Barons swim in their final meet of the regular season next Saturday against Bethany and Cabrini.
"I am looking forward to our final regular season meet and to begin to the tapering process to get ready for champs."