Bobcats Sweep Bethany

Jan. 17, 2001
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Bobcats Sweep Bethany

Frostburg, Md. ... The Bobcat men's and women's swimming and diving teams swept Bethany (W.Va.) College in a dual meet in their return to action after a week-long training trip to Savannah, Ga.

The FSU women outscored Bethany 129-63, while the men won, 143-76.

In the women's meet, the 200m medley relay team of Walsh, Laura Jacquette, Alexandra Morrison and Laura Finley led off the meet with a first-place finish in a time of 2:26.25.

Sophomore Jessie Bley swam to a win in the 800m freestyle with a season-best 10:40.21 and also placed second in the 400m freestyle, followed by senior captain Valerie Stork.

Walsh led a 1-2 sweep of the 50m freestyle with teammate Christina Wolf, with times of 30.57 and 32.60, respectively. Morrison touched out teammate Lauren Crystal to win the 100m butterfly in a time of 1:22.10, exceeding her personal best by over three seconds.

Crystal then turned the tables on Morrison by winning the 100m freestyle in a time of 1:13.09, while Morrison placed second in 1:17.90.

Walsh added another win in the 100m backstroke in a time of 1:17.65, while Wolf raced to a personal record in 1:23.70, while being barely nudged out for second.

Jacquette recorded a victory in the 100m breaststroke in 1:31.05, followed closely by Kristin Stromko, who finished second in 1:36.98.

The 200m freestyle relay team of Bley, Jacquette, Valerie Stork, and Crystal came from behind to win in a time of 2:08.47.

On the boards, Reese scored 177.55 and 140.20 in winning the 1m and 3m diving competitions.

On the men's side, Matt Brew swam to victory in both the 800m and 400m freestyle races, the first meet in his career in which he has swept two individual wins. Brew and fellow distance teammate Derrick Jackson swam to personal records in both long races.

Also victorious for the Bobcats were Jay Garner in the 200m freestyle (2:05.13), Kelly Ryan in the 100m freestyle (55.79) and Ben Marrapodi in the 100m backstroke (1:09.52, season-best).

Freshman diver Andrew Mlynarski swept both diving events, and the FSU 200m medley relay and 200m freestyle relay teams swam to convincing victories (2:01.10 and 1:48.15).

Also swimming strongly for the Bobcats were Ryan Kentrus (4th, 50m freestyle; 27.82, personal best), Greg Barnhart (3rd, 200m freestyle; 2:24.77, personal best), and Jabrie Lovelace (3rd, 50m freestyle; 27.00).

"I think the team swam exceptionally tonight," commented Head Coach Chip Villarreal. "The swimmers have really been hammered in the last two weeks of training. Considering the intensity of their training, and the level of exhaustion each swimmer is feeling now, I am very happy with how they swam. When they rest in a few weeks before championships, they are going to really shine."

The women improved their dual meet record to 2-6, while the men reached the 7-1 mark.

The Bobcats return to action Friday, January 19 at home against Marymount University beginning at 4:00 p.m.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780