Lehigh falls in tri-meet with Penn State, Saint Francis (Pa.)
Posted: 02/04/2012 | Last updated: February 4, 2012 at 07:21 PM
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Mountain Hawks closed out their dual season competing against No. 20 Penn State and Saint Francis (Pa.) Saturday at McCoy Natatorium. The Lady Lions proved too strong for Lehigh, winning 187-95 while the Mountain Hawks dropped a close meet to the Red Flash 156-33.
The host Lady Lions won the first 12 events to put the meet out of reach.
Freshman Alissa Leung continued to be Lehigh’s top performer, leading the Mountain Hawks head-to-head against Saint Francis. Leung took third overall in the 100 yard backstroke in 59 seconds flat, and first among Lehigh and Saint Francis entrants. She also had the top time for Lehigh or Saint Francis in the 200 back, finishing fourth overall in 2:05.81. She also added a second place finish in the 400 IM with a time of 4:38.19 with the Nittany Lions swimming unscored late in the meet.
Lehigh also had a strong showing in the 100 fly, with junior Brooke Smalley delivering first place points with a time of 59.68 and sophomore Meredith Bayer taking third in the same event. Bayer also led the Mountain Hawks in the 200 fly with a time of 2:11.24. Freshmen Madeleine Smith and Kim Weyand had good days for the Mountain Hawks as well, with Smith pacing Lehigh in the 200 free and 500 free and Weyand leading the Brown and White in the 100 and 200 yard breaststroke events.
Saint Francis did not field any female divers so sophomore Daniela Sonderegger led Lehigh in the one meter (207.60) and three meter (209.40) events.
The Mountain Hawks will now shift their focus to the Patriot League Championships, February 16-18 at Navy’s Lejeune Hall in Annapolis, Md.