BUFFALO, NY – The Iona college women’s swimming and diving team opened action at the 2013 MAAC Championships on Thursday at the Flickinger Athletic center on the campus of Erie Community College.
The Gaels currently sit fourth after the first day with 103 points.
Junior Brigit Doughty qualified for the ECAC “B” race in the 500-free during her prelim swim, just missing the “A” race by .26 seconds and finished at 5:15.64.
Freshman Mary Ellen Mangione took sixth in the 200-IM finals and qualified for ECAC “A” with the time of 2:09.52. In the 200-IM “B” finals, classmate Leigh Musselman finished 16th and qualified for ECAC “B” with a time of 2:14.01.
In the 50-free, senior Theresa Harvey finished in sixth place in the “A’ final, clocking in at 24.38 and advancing to the ECAC “A” race. In the “B” finals, freshman Melissa Dorsch finished second in the race (10th overall) and a spot in the ECAC “A” race with a 24.59. Junior Kerri-Anne Dodenhoff finished one hundredth of a second behind her for third in the “B” group (11th overall), good enough for ECAC “A” also.
On the one-meter board “B” final, senior Briana Gongloff took 16th with a 155.85.
In the 200-Free relay, the Gaels finished third, as the foursome of Dodenhoff, Dorsch, Harvey and Mangione crossed in 1:37.42 (ECAC “A”).
The final relay of the day was the 400-Medley, where Iona placed fourth with seniors Kelsie Johnson and Victoria Ponzo with Dodenhoff and Harvey qualifying ECAC “A” with a time of 3.56.71.
The Gaels will return for the second day of the 2013 MAAC Championships at 10 am.