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Smith Competes with Passion and Camaraderie in Maine this Weekend

January 30, 2011

BANGOR, Maine.–The Smith College swimming and diving team turned in a solid performance on Saturday, racing strong against Husson University to win their penultimate dual meet of the season. Eleven different Pioneers recorded victories, as well as both relay teams, as Smith earned their third win of the 2010-11 season.

Senior Lily Seidman led the way with a pair of wins, helping Smith to a tight finish in the 500 yard freestyle.  Seidman finished in 5:35.01, followed by classmate Hillary Knight-Mitchell (6:13.07) and Lauren Kauffman (6:19.90).  Seidman also won the 50 yard backstroke, reaching the touchpad just ahead of teammate Emma Reim, in a time of 31.19.  Reim who finished in 33.79, notched her own victory with a triumph in the 100 yard backstroke. Reim finished first in 1:10.24, just .15 seconds ahead of Sarah Tucker, and followed closely by Kiara Gomez, who took third in 1:11.42.

In the 1-meter dive, Smith was led by Jenika Parson, who took the top spot with a score of 173.45.  Alexis-Clair Roehrich finished second with a score of 162.05, followed by Karen Fryefield (150.75), Greylin Neilsen (149.95), and Margot Lurie (95.80).

In the 100 yard freestyle, sophomore Stefanie Cervantes swam her way to a lifetime best time with a 1:08.13. Katya-Denae Lilley pulled in an impressive 1:03.88 in the 100, as well as a powerful second-place finish in the 200 yard freestyle earlier in the day.
Victoria Wu was also part of two wins, as she swam the first leg of the winning 200 yard medley relays.  She was joined by Ariel Orr, along with Reim and Kaufman in finishing in 2:03.70.  In addition, Wu captured the 50 yard breaststoke in 35.32.  Hayley Bezubka turned in an impressive performance in winning the 1000 in 12:55.66, and Rachael Gainer took second place in a time of 13:04.61. Also in the 1000 freestyle, first-year Gillian Anderson finished fourth with an excellent performance, turning in a personal best time. Smith also swam with gusto in the 100 yard butterfly, led by Rebecca Rosen, who won in a time of 1:07.50, with Genesis Luviano taking second place in 1:14.78 and Rebecca Chazin finishing third in 1:20.18.

Lenora Walter earned the win in the 100 yard breaststroke, with a time of 1:16.50, followed by Reyna Levine in second in 1:17.21 and Luviano grabbed third place in 1:20.67.  Roehrich captured the second round of 1-meter diving, with a score of 227.05.  Parson was right behind in second place, scoring 208.80, and Neilsen took third with a score of 169.45.  Fryefield placed fourth with 149.95 and Lurie added a fifth place spot with a score 104.40.

The team continued to perform with heart in the 200 individual medley, led by Mackenzie Bradley‘s first place time of 2:29.85, followed closely Robin Currens (2:31.63) and Swensen (2:35.85).  Currens earned an individual win in the 50 yard butterfly, squeaking past Husson’s Amanda Mason to win by less than a second.  The relay team of Gainer, Kauffman, Levine, and Rebekah Renfro combined to win the 200 yard freestyle relay in 1:56.15, inspired by Kauffman’s second leg in 26.23.  Kauffman also captured the 50 yard freestyle in 26.93.

The Pioneers will head into their final dual meet of the season, when they head to Mt. Holyoke to face the Lyons.  It will be the fourth time they have competed against Mt. Holyoke, having faced MHC at the Seven Sisters Championship, the Pioneer Valley Invitational, and the Betty Spears Relays.

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