Women's swimming and diving finishes fifth at PL Championships
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Four Mountain Hawks posted top eight individual finishes as the Lehigh swimming and diving team wrapped up action at the Patriot League Championships, which concluded Saturday night at Navy’s Lejeune Hall. Freshman Alissa Leung set her second school record in as many days as the Mountain Hawks finished fifth overall with 317.5 points.
Leung wiped more than four seconds off Julie Mitchell’s school mark in the 200 yard backstroke, posting the No. 2 qualifying time at 2:00.05. In the finals, Leung settled for third place overall with a time of 2:00.60.
Junior Emily DiDonato matched Leung for the top individual women’s finish at the championships, placing third in the 200 yard breaststroke in 2:20.03. The Mountain Hawks also placed two in the B finals as freshman Kim Weyand placed 12th overall in 2:25.46 and junior Danielle Caruso taking 15th with a time of 2:26.46.
Sophomore Meredith Bayer finished one spot off the medal stand, taking fourth in the 200 yard butterfly with a finals time of 2:06.33. Two others reached the B final as freshman Mary Samuels placed 11th overall with a time of 2:08.13, while senior Alyssa Siano took 13th, finishing in 2:10.00.
Lehigh’s fourth performer in the top eight was junior Daniela Sonderegger, who finished eighth in the one meter diving competition with a score of 211.90.
Saturday’s final session began with the 1650 yard freestyle, with two Mountain Hawks finishing in the top 16. Sophomore Giovanna Patafio posted a time of 17:36.26, good for 13th place, while Siano took 15th in 17:48.53.
Senior Paola Simon reached the consolation final at the 100 free finishing 15th in 53.50.
In the final meet of the championships, senior Priscilla Barletta, sophomore Madeleine Smith, freshman Taylor Wise and Simon placed seventh in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:36.03.
The Navy women overtook Colgate to capture the league title with 933.5 points. Colgate took second with 692.5 while Bucknell finished in third place.
Women’s Team Standings
1. Navy - 933.5
2. Colgate - 692.5
3. Bucknell - 593
4. Army - 422.5
5. LEHIGH - 317.5
6. Lafayette - 217
7. American - 213
8. Holy Cross - 116