Leung's record paces Lehigh women on day two in Annapolis
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Lehigh women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up day two at the Patriot League Championships Friday at Navy’s Lejeune Hall. With freshman Alissa Leung leading the way the Mountain Hawks moved up into fifth place in the team standings. Leung set a school record in the 100 yard backstroke, while placing fourth for the top individual finish for the Lehigh women.
Leung initially broke Julie Mitchell’s school record with a 56.74 second effort in Friday morning’s preliminaries, and then followed up with a 56.60 swim in the finals, good for fourth place overall.
Junior Emily DiDonato joined Leung in qualifying for a championship final, as she placed fifth in the 100 yard breaststroke in 1:05.78. Two other Mountain Hawks reached the B final and went on to claim the top two spots in that race. Freshman Kim Weyand won the consolation final to place ninth overall in 1:07.76, while sophomore Stephanie Yaszemski finished one spot behind in 1:07.94.
Sophomore Meredith Bayer also captured a consolation final, winning the B race in the 400 yard individual medley in 4:31.32. Weyand finished 15th overall in the same event with a time of 4:37.57.
In other individual events, Lehigh placed two in the B final in the 100 yard butterfly, with freshman Mary Samuels finishing 12th overall in 58.41 and junior Brooke Smalley taking 13th in 58.55. Freshman Madeleine Smith placed 14th in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.64.
In the relays, Leung, DiDonato, Smalley and freshman Taylor Wise teamed to finish sixth in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:47.47, while seniors Priscilla Barletta and Paola Simon teamed with Smith and freshman Rachel Movius to finish fifth in the 800 free relay in 7:42.38.
Preliminaries for the one meter diving competition took place Friday afternoon with junior Daniela Sonderegger qualifying for Saturday’s finals, sitting in eighth place with 217.85 points. Freshman Sara Blacker (13th) and sophomore Mercy Du (18th) did not qualify for the finals.
Host Navy continues to lead the team race as the Mids hold a 610-474 edge over second place Colgate. With 207 points, Lehigh is 77 behind fourth place Army and 38 ahead of rival Lafayette.
The Patriot League Championships conclude Saturday at Navy’s Lejeune Hall. Preliminaries are set for 10:30 a.m. with finals slated for a 6 p.m. start.
Women’s Team Standings
1. Navy, 610
2. Colgate, 474
3. Bucknell, 363
4. Army, 284
5. LEHIGH, 207
6. Lafayette, 169
7. American, 141
8. Holy Cross, 91