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Smith Swimming & Diving ends first half of season; Paige Christie becomes an Iron Woman, earns Athlete of the Week

January 11, 2012

12/3/2011 Mount Holyoke Invitational, SOUTH HADLEY, Mass.  –Mackenzie Bradley posted Smith’s lone win, and Paige Christie earned Iron Woman accolades as the Pioneers competed with Mount Holyoke College and Wellesley College at the Mount Holyoke Invitational on Saturday.

Bradley led a Smith sweep of the top three places in the 1,650 yard freestyle, touching the wall in 18:24.64, followed by Kelsey Swensen in 19:43.55 and Christie came in third with a time of 19:55.19.

Bradley also came in second in the 500 freestyle, finishing in 5:23.70, and was joined by Lauren KauffmanVictoria Wu, and Alyssa Pascuzzo in the 400 yard freestyle relay that came in third place in 4:01.62.

Ariel Orr took fourth place in the 50 yard breastroke in 34.57 an extremely close race, with less than two seconds separating first through fourth places. She teamed up with Pascuzzo, Kauffman, and Alexandra Page in the 400 yard medley relay that also placed fourth, coming in 4:26.89.  The same four came in fourth in the 200 yard medley relay in 2:01.20.

In another close race, Pascuzzo picked up a third place finish in the 100 yard butterfly in 1:03.88, less than a second out of second place and three seconds behind winner Keelin Nave of Wellesley.

Wellesley dominated the non-scoring meet, taking 15 of the 22 events. Mount Holyoke came away with six victories.

All three squads will return to action during the new year after month long layoffs. Wellesley (3-2) is slated to host Babson College and the Coast Guard Academy on Wednesday, January 11 at 4:00 p.m. Meanwhile, Mount Holyoke (3-1) will visit Clark University for a tri-meet with Wheaton College on Friday, January 13 at 1:00 p.m., and Smith (2-1) will host Wellesley the following afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

2011 Mount Holyoke Invitational “Iron Women”
1.     Tiffany Chen (Wellesley – 29:29.84)
2.     Maya Lazarovich (Mount Holyoke – 29:30.81)
3.     Virginia Hung (Wellesley – 29:53.16)
4.     Megan Lambert (Wellesley – 30:22.29)
5.     Annie Hamilton (Wellesley – 30:41.51)
6.     Rachel Boynton (Mount Holyoke – 30:46.49)
7.     Grace Bachman (Wellesley – 30:40.74)
8.     Paige Christie (Smith – 30:48.67)
9.     Karina Chung (Wellesley – 31:38.57)
10.   Allison Yee (Wellesley – 33:03.15)
11.   Isa Wismann-Horther (Mount Holyoke – 34:11.47)
12.   Victoria Gavin (Mount Holyoke – 34:12.61)
13.   Melanie Kaplan (Wellesley – 18:03.25)

Full Results

CONGRATULATIONS Paige!  Both Paige and Mackenzie Bradley (who complete the “Iron Woman” last year) have earned the bragging rights by completing this tedious feat! Any thoughts about the English Channel swim, Paige?

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