Women's S&D Take Commanding Lead After First Session
MUNCIE, Ind. – The women’s swimming and diving team started off the ninth-annual Doug Coers Invitational in exciting fashion, winning all five of the swimming events Friday evening. Several Cardinals were able to break season bests and personal bests. The Cardinals lead the field with 287 points.
The event started out with the 200 free relay team of sophomore Carlena Magley (Waterloo, Ind./DeKalb), senior Mackenzie Imbro (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville), senior Mallory Przybylinski (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and senior Jillian Bischoff (Atlanta, Ind./Hamilton Heights) who combined to win with a time of 1:37.54.
Junior Emily Wisolek (Middlebury, Ind./Northridge) swam a season-best 5:10.64 to take first place in the 500 free. Classmate Cheyanne Jackson (Atlanta, Ind./Hamilton Heights) came in second at 5:13.72. Sophomore Leighann Mattson (Zionsville, Ind./Zionsville) turned in personal-best time of 5:18.38 to capture fifth place. Classmate Kayla Hussey (Goshen, Ind./Goshen) came in sixth, touching at 5:19.73.
Junior Haley Richter (Roanoke, Ind./Columbia City) was one of fifth Cardinals who swam season bests in the 200 IM. Richter came in first place with a time of 2:07.87. Junior Mallory Miles (Holland, Ind./Southridge) , junior Jackie Iglesias (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) and Imbro rounded out the top four with season-best times of 2:09.86, 2:10.07, 2:10.69 and 2:12.59. Senior Katelyn Pratt (Greenville, Ohio/Greenville) came in fifth with a time of 2:12.59.
Junior Stacey Wierman (Munster, Ind./Munster) came in seventh at 2:16.06, junior Bridgette Ruehl (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) finished eighth at 2:16.15 and freshman Larah Beaver (Muncie, Ind./Yorktown) clocked in at 2:16.58 for ninth place. Sumaiyah Ahmad (Lowell, Ind./Lowell) finished in 2:23.56.
Sophomore Carlena Magley (Waterloo, Ind./DeKalb) won the 50 free at 24.15. Bischoff swam a personal best to finish second at 24.16. Senior Cori Vormohr (Portland, Ind./Jay County) turned in a season best at 24.98 for fourth place. Przybylinski came in fifth (25.12), while Elaine Pitsas (Munster, Ind./Munster) and Dana Graunke (Colgate, Wis./Germantown) finished sixth and eighth with times of 25.47 and 25.77, respectively.
The 400 medley relay team of Pratt, Ruehl, Richter and Magley turned in a season-best time of 3:54.03 for first place.
In the 1 meter diving competition, freshman Madie Zirzow (Crown Point, Ind./Homestead) came in third with a mark of 242.85 followed by Jamie Denlinger (Elkhart, Ind./Northridge) and Natalie Grissom (Franklin, Ind./Franklin) who scored 233.00 and 231.25 points respectively.
The Doug Coers Invitational continues Saturday with a 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. session for swimming. Diving will begin at 1 p.m. Check ballstatesports.com for more news and updates on women’s swimming and diving.