BETHANY, W. Va. – The Franciscan women's swimming and diving team picked up a pair of wins in their last dual meet of the season before the AMCC championship meet. The Lady Barons out-scored Bethany 221-35 and defeated AMCC opponent, Cabrini, 166-155, Saturday night.
"I am really proud of all of the girls after their performances today," complimented head coach Cassandra Pyle.
Franciscan posted six wins on the day, including three individual wins and a relay win from junior Elizabeth McNulty. The Herndon, VA native had a record-setting day in the pool for the Lady Barons as she shaved almost two full seconds off FUS' school 200-yard butterfly record.
In her first individual race of the day, McNulty not only took a convincing first place finish by almost a full minute, but she broke FUS' school record by a second and a half. McNulty touched the fall for the final time at 2:15.67; the previous school record (set by McNulty in 2015) stood at 2:17.35. In her next race, McNulty won the 200-yard IM by just over 11 seconds as she finished with a time of 2:26.68 with the next swimmer coming in with a time of 2:34.05.
"Lizzie had a phenomenal performance in the 200-fly today. I am really going to miss watching her compete in this event as the season winds down," continued Coach Pyle.
McNulty finished the day three-for-three in wins in individual events as she won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:02.11, 5.13 seconds ahead of the Bethany swimmer. The junior helped to open the meet in a strong fashion as she helped the 400-yard medley relay team to a first-place finish with a time of 4:30.43, narrowly edging out the Cabrini team which came in at 4:30.51.
"The amazing win in the 400-yard medley really got the meet started off on the right foot."
McNulty was responsible for four and the Lady Barons six wins on the day while freshman Kathryn Cunningham and senior Jasmine Florentino picked up individual wins as well.
For the second week in a row, Florentino took on the challenge of the 3-meter board and this week came away with a first-place score of 113.85.
"Jasmine made the whole team proud with her diving success on the one and three meter boards this year," remarked Coach Pyle.
Cunningham added the Lady Barons other victory with a first-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:57.97.
Along with their six wins, the Lady Barons picked up seven second place and nine third place finishes in route to a pair of dominate wins.
The 400-yard medley relay team of Victoria Marshall, Anne Pivarunas, Rachel Solomon and Emily Wieszcsek took third in the opening event with a time of 4:53.17. Freshman Cristina Aramayo and Nicole Marshall went 2-and-3 in the 50-yard freestyle with times of 27.76 and 28.23, respectfully.
Nicole Marshall followed the 50-yard free with a third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:15.73.
For the second week in a row, the Lady Barons were strong on the 1-meter board with a second and third place score. Kristie Kelly took second with a score of 171.05 and Florentino captured third with a score of 133.15.
Cunningham added to her first place finish with a second-place time in the 100-yard breaststroke after she touched the wall at 1:21.95. Wieszcsek and Maris Bey took second and third in the 200-yard freestyle with times of 2:28.89 and 2:31.29 to add to the Lady Barons score.
After Aramayo's second-place time of 5:48.83 in the 500-yard freestyle, Victoria Marshall earned second in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:31.03, her fastest time this season.
Wieszcsek rounded out the top-three individual finishes for the Lady Barons as she took third in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:04.28.
"The team and I are anxiously looking forward to the championships in 11 days."
The AMCC championship meet will begin on February 8 and continue until the 11th.