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Bananas Perform Well at Pioneer Valley Invitational

December 7, 2009

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Swimmers and divers from Smith, Wellesley, Westfield State and Mount Holyoke competed Saturday in the annual non-team scoring Pioneer Valley Invitational held at Mount Holyoke College. Our very own Christine Dzialo (Belchertown, MA) competed in all 23 swimming events. Dzialo accepted the personal challenge of swimming in the 23 events open for swimmers. In addition to being a member of the third place 200 free and 200 medley relay teams she finished 18th in the 50 back, 13th in the 500 free, 25th in the 50 fly, 14th in the 200IM, 12th in the 50 free, 20th in the 200 back, 10th in the 200 fly, 7th in the 400 medley relay, 26th in the 50 back, 6th in the 400IM, 20th in the 100 fly, 7th in the 200 free, 8th in the 100 back, 6th in the 25 free and 6th in the 100 free.

Other team highlights include Lily Seidman (Westfield, IN) winning four individual events and was a member of the  winning 400 free relay team. Seidman won the 200 IM (2:19.99), 200 back (2:19.59), 100 back (1:05.45), 100 free (58.05) and along with Michelle Mai (Paris, France), Mackenzie Bradley (Sherwood, OR) and Dzialo, won the 400 free relay in 3:56.94. She finished second in the 100 fly (1:02.37) and was a member of the 200 free and 400 medley relays that placed second.  Mai finished won the 25 yd. backstroke (15.26) eliminator, was 4th in three events – the 200 IM (2:27.15), 200 back (2:23.43) and 100 back (1:08.01); second in the 100 back (1:06.45) and was on the 400 medley relay team.  First year Ariel Orr (Richmond, VA) took fourth in the 50 breaststroke (34.07), third in the 25 yd. breaststroke (16.51), fifth in the 200 breast (2:48.16), third in the 100 breast (1:16.85) and was on the 400 medley and 200 medley relay that finished third in 2:03.40. Emma Reim (Ledyard, CT) placed second in the 500 free (5:33.48) while Alexandra Page (Brookline, MA) finished 5th in both the 200 back (2:27.19) and 400 IM (5:22.97) and fourth in the 100 back (1:08.01). She was also a member of the 200 medley relay. In addition to her first place finish on the 400 free relay team, Bradley took 4th in both the 500 free (5:42.07) and 400 IM (5:18.64). She was also a member of the 400 medley relay team.

Our divers also had a great meet with Isabelle Harper (South Deerfield, MA) placed third on both the one and three-meter boards with 190.05 and 176.15 points respectively. Amanda Lineweber (Suffield, CT) and Karen Fryefield (Eugene, OR) each placed 5th respectively in the one and three-meter diving events.

The Wild Bunch will return to action Saturday, January 16th when they travel to Wellesley College for a 1 pm meet.

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