Buffalo, NY – The Iona College women’s swimming and diving team dropped two spots on the second day of competition at the MAAC Championships and sit in sixth place, despite a Gold Medal and new school record.
The Gaels took their first medal in the 100-Breast, as junior Kerri-Anne Dodenhoff placed first with a personal best 1:04.85 (ECAC “A”), just two second behind an NCAA – B qualifier. Dodenhoff won the race from start to finish. Freshman Mary Ellen Mangione placed fifth and also qualified for ECAC “A” with a 1:07.16.
Iona also set a new school record in the 800-Free relay, as the foursome of senior Victoria Ponzo and Theresa Harvey along with junior Brigitte Doughty and freshman Melissa Dorsch finished in 7:42.97.
In the 200-Medley, the Gaels placed third with a 1:47.63 (ECAC “A”) as the squad of junior Maria Skeivys, Dorsch, Dodenhoff and Ponzo finished four one-hundredths of a second behind the second place team from Loyola.
In the 1,000-Free, senior Kara Nowakowski placed 16th with a personal best 10:47.52 also qualifying for ECAC “A”.
In the 400-IM, freshman Cassidy O’Connell placed 13th, with an ECAC “A” time of 4:46.25. Ponzo added another ECAC “A” time with an 11th place finish in the 100-Fly at 58.76.
Harvey placed sixth in the 200-Free, with a 1:53.60 (ECAC “A”). Doughty placed eighth in the race and also qualified for the ECAC “A” with a 1:56.31.
Skeivys and sophomore Olivia Kroll placed 11th and 13th, respectively, in the 100-Back with a 1:00.20 and 1:00.33, both ECAC “A” times.
The Gaels will conclude the MAAC Championships on Saturday at 10 am.