BOSTON, MA - The Iona College women’s swimming and diving team opened up their 2011-12 campaign winning a four of six possible dual meets in the first ever New England Catholic Invitational Swim Meet sponsored by Boston College and held at the William J. Flynn Sports Complex on the Chestnut Hill Campus this past Friday and Saturday.
The Lady Gaels, led by a pair of wins by senior Jamie Manser, picked up wins against the College of the Holy Cross (208-143), Regis College (268-51), Assumption College (181-165) and LeMoyne College (231-115) while falling to the host, Boston College Eagles (195-132) and conference rival Siena in a back and forth affair (187-163) to close the weekend at 3-2.
“This was a great way to open the season for teams,” commented head coach Nick Cavataro. “We had travel to a venue we had never raced at before, and faced off against swimmers in most cases we had never seen before and the results were strong! To get back on the bus with seven wins is a nice way to start the season.”
Cavataro continued, “We had a few swimmers just returning back from illnesses and injury and combine that with the fact that we are in a heavy conditioning phase of our season,it was good to see some the group come together and race. The dual meet scoring, with multi heat events really provided quality race opportunities in all 38 events.”
Manser won the 100-Breaststroke and 200-Breaststroke at 1:07.49 and 2:31.40, respectively. Other Iona women in the top six included: Maria Skeivys, who was second in the 100-Backstroke at 1:02.72; fourth in the 200-Back at 2:17.37; and, sixth in the 200-IM at 2:17.34.
Briana Gongloff was third in the one-meter diving event with a strong early season total of 211.15 points, and, fourth in the three-meter event with 189.10 points. Melanie Dilascio was sixth in the three-meter event with 138.65 points.
Sophia Hyokyvaara was third in the 200-Breaststroke at 2:34.94. Freshman Brittany Wallace was fifth in the 400-IM at 4:55.77 and sixth in the 100-Butterfly at 1:04.36. Brigitte Doughty was sixth at 4:57.78 in the 400-IM.
The Gaels return to action on Saturday, October 29 as they open their home slate with another multi team dual meet event as the women will take on Wagner College, St. Francis College and Sacred heart University and the Men race SFC. Diving will begin at 9am and swimming at 11:30am.