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Parson Posts Provisional NCAA Qualifying Score In 1-Meter Dive

January 23, 2011

WELLESLEY, Mass.–Sophomore Jenika Parson scored 404.00 on the 1-meter dive, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships on the first day of the Seven Sisters Championship, hosted by Wellesley College, on Saturday.

The Pioneers finished day one in fourth place with 433.5 points.  Host Wellesley posted wins in seven of the days twelve events for 760 total points, putting them in position to claim their 13th-consecutive title.  Vassar sits in second (573), Mount Holyoke in third (436.5), while Bryn Mawr rounds out the field in fifth (341).

Parson led a quartet of Smith divers who finished in the top six; in addition to Parson, Alexis-Clair Roehrich scored 377.70 to finish third, Greylin Neilsen finished fourth with a score of 353.45, and Karen Fryefield in sixth with a score of 289.55.

The Smith relay team of Emma Reim, Robin Currens, Lily Seidman, and Mackenzie Bradley came in second in the 800 meter freestyle relay, with a time of 8:26.31.  Lenora Walter posted a third place finish in a tight 100 yard backstroke, with a time of 1:04.71, 1.65 seconds out of first place and less than half a second out of the second spot.  Reim and Bradley also finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 500 yard freestyle.  Reim posted a time of 5.28.24, a six second improvement over her previous best this season, while Bradley finished in 5:29.17.

Wellesley posted wins in all four of the day’s relay events.  In the 200-free relay, the team of Dana Dutton, Anne Hamilton, Megan Lambert and Mariam Amirkhanashvili combined for a winning time of 1:43.61, while Ika Kovacikova, Carolyn Jackson, Keelin Nave and Amirkhanashvili won the 400-medley in 4:14.44. In the 200-medley relay, Kovacikova, Jackson, Virginia Hung, Lambert won in 1:56.43, while the team of Dutton, Stephanie Welch, Hamilton and Nave picked up a win in the 800-free relay in 8:17.54.

The Blue also got three individual victories.  Dutton was a winner in the 500-free (5:20.09), Nave won the 200-free (2:01.14), and Jackson took the 100-breast title (1:09.74).

Vassar notched two individual wins, as Caroline Shannon won the 200-IM in a time of 2:18.36 and Sam Jones won the 100-back in 1:03.06.  Bryn Mawr also posted two victories, both coming from Meredith Davis.  Davis took home the 50-free title in a time of 25.36, and also won the 100-fly in 1:00.89.

The 2011 Seven Sisters Swimming and Diving Championship wraps up tomorrow.  The three-meter diving event kicks off the action at 10:00am, followed by the final swimming session beginning at 12:15pm.

(Parts of this story courtesy Wellesley Sports Information)

Day One Results

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