Mountain Hawks down rival Leopards 169-131
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh women’s swimming and diving team picked up its fourth straight win over rival Lafayette 169-131 Friday at Jacobs Pool. Freshman Alissa Leung won three individual events and the Mountain Hawks posted top-three sweeps in the 200 butterfly and the 200 breast as Lehigh won nine of 16 events to improve to 3-2 overall on the season.
“I liked everything about tonight’s effort,” said Lehigh head coach Rob Herb. “I liked the extra effort people were giving. That’s what you’re supposed to do for Lehigh-Lafayette. There were races won by fingertips on both sides, but our team came out and dominated. Both the men and women made a point to put the meet away early.”
Leung continued her torrid start to the season winning the 100 and 200 yard backstroke events as well as the 200 individual medley. The Long Island native posted a time of 58.08 in the 100 with junior Brooke Smalley placing second in the event. She won the 200 back in 2:04.16 and took the 200 IM in 2:12.68 with freshman Kim Weyand finishing right behind her.
Another freshman, Mary Samuels led the sweep in the 200 fly with a time of 2:10.84 with senior Alyssa Siano and sophomore Meredith Bayer capturing the second and third spots. In the 200 breast, junior Emily DiDonato won with a time of 2:28.75 with Danielle Caruso placing second and Weyand taking third.
Other winners for the Mountain Hawks included sophomore Giovanna Patafio, who won the 1000 free with 10:42.82 with Caruso placing second and senior Priscilla Barletta who captured the 200 free in 1:57.65.
Lehigh also captured the meet-opening 400 medley relay with Leung, DiDonato, Samuels and senior Paola Simon taking top honors in 4:00.89.
“Overall it was every character that we’ve talked about came through tonight,” Herb said. “We don’t have one superstar. We have a great group and they’re all doing their part to make us better.”
The Mountain Hawks will return to the pool at the US Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia, beginning December 1.