Swimming and Diving Hold Lead After Second Day
Emily Hirt
Emily Hirt

Dec. 3, 2005

AKRON, Ohio - Another great day ended with the Redbirds in first place holding 1,145 points at the SummaCare Invitational, in Akron, Ohio. The team continues to strive and hold on to its first place spot for a final victory on day three. The meet will conclude on Sunday with the final round starting at 4p.m.

The team once again started out strong placing second in the first event of the evening finals. Monique Witkowski, Brittany Armstrong, Lisa Hanrahan and Kyle Pullman swam the 200-yard medley relay earning a time of 1:47.75. Head coach Steve Paska was pleased with the way the night time races went.

"The night was better than the morning," Paska said. " We did what we had to do and the girls are confident. At this point we will do everything to keep the Redbirds in first place."

The team showed its efforts with another night full of personal bests. Allison Fishbein has been having a awesome weekend especially in the 400-yard individual medley placing fourth with a time of 4:39.98 shaving off 13 seconds from her previous personal best in this event earning her a new personal best. Christine Steinbach had another good night and gained a personal best in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:54.95. Tracy Deyell also showed strength in a number events including a second place finish in the 400-yard individual medley with a time 4:35.24. She also came back and placed ninth in the 100-yard butterfly. All three contributed to the overall team's success and first place position.

"Tracy Deyell had an outstanding evening," Paska said. "She really has shown her teammates that she has the desire and drive to swim. Christine Steinbach is another one that is on a roll and I am looking forward to watching her in the 1650-yard freestyle tomorrow. The next step is to come in tomorrow and swim like we have the last two days. If we place ourselves well in the morning by getting three to five swimmers in the top 24 for the night time finals than we should have a good chance of coming out victorious."

The diving team continued to contribute to the overall team's success with all six divers placing in the top 15 during preliminaries and two continued on to compete in the finals. Katie Janonis place sixth in the final round with a score of 216.20 and Emily Hirt placed eight with a score of 195.20. Head diving coach Tom Davidson was very happy with the way the divers performed tonight.

"Katie (Janonis) had the best score for herself this year," Davidson said. "She was the most consistent this weekend. The rest of the team's rankings stayed the same from preliminaries. Tomorrow the girls will just practice and we will begin to work on little things here and there for the next meet."

The swimming and diving team will be starting out with preliminaries at 9 a.m. and will be competing for the last day of the SummaCare Invitational during finals at 4p.m.