Hudson Valley Sports Report

VASSAR WOMEN’S SWIMMING PLACES THIRD

Brewers Competed At Prestigious Seven Sisters Championships

POUGHKEEPSIE – When you can dance the hokey-pokey at a major event, you know it’s fun.

The Vassar College women’s swimming and diving teams finished hosting duties Sunday afternoon for the 2017 Seven Sisters Championships, held at Kresge Pool in Walker Field House.

The event, held annually and hosted by one of the five Seven Sisters schools, went off without a hitch and even featured a spirited hokey-pokey midway through the day.

As for the competition in the pool, the hosts finished third overall for the Championships, earning 683 points, trailing runner-up Smith College by 803 points. Wellesley College won its 20th straight team title with 1,175 points, while Mount Holyoke finished fourth with 512 points and Bryn Mawr was fifth with 378 points.

The second day of action started with the 3-meter diving event, as Vassar senior Elisielle Wilson posted 167.65 points while posting seven dives in the event. Junior Maura Sticco-Ivins of Wellesley chalked up the win, finishing with 508.40 points.

The 1,650 yard freestyle event was the first swimming event contested on Sunday, and Vassar had a strong showing as sophomore Kael Ragnini took third place with a time of 18:33.34. Junior Cali Corbett added 14 points with a fifth-place finish after swimming a time of 19:43.77. Wellesley freshman Kayleigh Svensson earned the win, posting a time of 18:13.43.

The 200 yard backstroke saw Karen Wang of Wellesley College pick up the victory with a time of 2:12.21, while freshman Sarah Boese swam very well in a fourth-place finish. Boese posted a season-best time of 2:16.65, nearly four seconds faster than her previous best. Junior Emily McDaniels also bested her season-best time by almost eight seconds, taking seventh place with a 2:25.10.

The 100 freestyle event was one of the most exciting finishes of the day, as Bryn Mawr sophomore Lillian Oyen-Ustad rallied to catch and pass Cathy Chen of Wellesley to earn the win with a time of 55.40. Vassar sophomore Meg Harrington swam a 59.85 to take 10th, and freshman Laura Vidano swam a season-best time of 1:00.99 for 11th place. Junior Madison Carroll also chalked up a new season-best, with a 1:04.92, down from her previous low of 1:07.66.

Vassar sophomore Hayley Schultz was fifth in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:40.99, earning 14 points, while senior Kayla Schwab was stellar with a season-best time of 2:45.13. McDaniels was right behind Schwab in ninth place with a time of 2:46.35. Wellesley freshman Danielle Peterson earned the win with a 2:32.25.

The 200 butterfly went to the Brewers for the fourth straight season, as senior and All-American Julia Cunningham chalked up a new season-best time with a 2:05.95, which is an NCAA “B” cut time. The win was Cunningham’s fourth of the weekend, and her time of 2:05.95 is currently 16th overall in the NCAA.

The final swim of the third session saw the Brewer “A” squad in the 400 yard free relay take second place with a great swim, earning a season-best time thanks to the efforts of Ragnini, Corbett, Cunningham and Harrington. Wellesley’s “A” team earned the win with a 3:44.09.

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