ERIE, Pa. – After the first full day of racing, the Franciscan women's swimming and diving team sits in fourth place out of six teams at the 2017 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship meet with 131 points.
The Lady Barons earned six spots on the podium in five of the seven events Thursday night, including a pair of spots from relay teams.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team kicked off day two races of the championship meet with a fifth-place time, earning the final spot in the medal ceremony. The time of 1:49.63 also set the Lady Baron school record, shaving .06 off of the previous mark. Freshman Cristina Aramayo kicked off the race for Franciscan with a strong 28.29 leg in the first 50-yards. Nicole Marshall swam a 27.54 to move the Lady Barons into second and Emily Wieszcsek kept the race close with a 26.98 in the third leg. Junior Elizabeth McNulty swam the fastest leg for the Lady Barons as she anchored the team to its record-setting time.
McNulty earned Franciscan's first individual podium appearance with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard IM. After swimming a 2:24.98 in the prelims to earn a spot in the finals, McNulty shaved over four seconds off her time in the finals. After getting off to a blistering 29.40 in the butterfly leg, arguably one of McNulty's best strokes, the junior had her second-best time with a 33.04 freestyle leg to touch the wall at 2:20.63.
Freshman Maris Bey got the Lady Barons back-to-back medals with a fifth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle. Bey set her personal best with a time of 26.57, .59 off of Franciscan's school record.
The Lady Barons wrapped up the races on Thursday with a fifth-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay. Swimming their fastest time this season, Franciscan touched the wall for the final time at 4:28.35, 7.61 seconds faster than its prelim time. Victoria Marshall opened the race with 1:07.87 leg in the backstroke while Katie Cunningham swam a 1:17.31 breaststroke. McNulty once again impressed in the fly as she swam a 100-yard leg in the relay in a time of 1:02.73. Aramayo anchored the race with a 1:00.44 freestyle leg to help the Lady Barons to their fifth-place finish.
Earlier this afternoon, prior to the finals of the races, a pair of Lady Barons earned medals in the 1-meter dive. Kristie Kelly took fourth with a final score of 145.04 and Anne Pivarunas captured fifth with a combined score of 93.35.
The Lady Barons return to the pool tomorrow for the third day of the championships. Preliminary races begin at 10:00 am, followed by diving at 1:00 pm and the finals at 6:00 pm.