Devils Nipped by Royals

Photo by Matt O'Haren
Photo by Matt O'Haren

CARLISLE, Pa. - The Dickinson women's swimming team fought hard all night long but ultimately could not get past the visiting University of Scranton Royals on Tuesday night as Scranton earned a 152.50-109.50 win at the Clarke Aquatic Center.

The Devils started strong as the team of Sarah Caron, Caroline Christianson, Kelly Hester, and Margaux Reyna earned a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay with a mark of 1:55.97 which was just .47 off the pace set by the winning Scranton side. The group of Julia Ciesielka, Sarah McHenry, Hadley Starr, and Maddi Vlattas put up a time of 1:59.17 for fourth.

Dickinson took third through fifth in the 1000-yard freestyle headed up by Emily Carkhuff at 11:40.60, followed by Sophie Laclef (11:51.00) and Christianson (12:21.95).

Olivia Abbott-Havers grabbed the first win of the night for the Red and Black with a time of 1:59.26 in the 200-yard freestyle, holding off Alyssa Benzija by two seconds. Starr came inside the Top-5 as well with a fourth-place finish in 2:08.56.

Caron earned her first victory of the evening an event later taking the top spot in the 100-yard backstroke by touching the wall in 1:01.64. The time of 1:06.14 put up by McHenry was good for third.

Dickinson had two swimmers land inside the Top-4 of the 100-yard breaststroke led by a second-place result for Hester at 1:11.77, while Laclef seized fourth with a 1:14.07. Izzy Moes (1:15.60) and Cate Lord (1:20.15) occupied sixth and seventh.

Scranton's Kayleigh Olszewski earned a ten-second win in the 200-yard butterfly with a mark of 2:18.87. The Devil duo of Starr and Reyna was nip-and-tuck all the way with times of 2:28.89 and 2:28.91 for second and third. Mulcahy took fifth hitting the mark of 2:41.60.

Abbott-Havers continued a strong run in the freestyle picking up her second win of the evening in the 50-yard freestyle by hitting the wall in 25.90. Hannah Strauss and Gigi Baquerizo shared the third-place spot with both posting times of 26.47. In her first action of the meet, Margie Winter landed in seventh with a time of 27.61.

Abbott-Havers went for her third freestyle win in the 100-yard portion, but her mark of 55.26 was just held off by Lauren Byrne (55.11). Strauss put forth another solid effort as her mark of 57.51 was good for third.

Caron continued her backstroke dominance triumphing in the 200-yard event with a time of 2:15.33, while McHenry came in third at 2:24.12.

The Red and Black would take second and third in the 200-yard breaststroke thanks to Hester (2:38.49) and Vlattas (2:41.34). Moes grabbed fifth with a mark of 2:48.40.

Dickinson posted another win in the 500-yard freestyle with Christianson holding off the seven swimmer field by touching the wall in 5:31.37. The 5:40.95 set by Carkhuff earned her fourth.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Reyna was tracked down in the second lap by Erin Chlebove to take second place with a time of 1:05.26, while Chlebove posted a 1:04.68.

The Devils tried to earn a relay win in the final event of the night the 200-yard freestyle relay, but the group of Abbott-Havers, Caron, Christianson, and Strauss time of 1:43.82 was not enough to get around the Scranton time of 1:43.50. The team of Hester, Laclef, Moes, and Reyna gave a strong showing with a mark of 1:50.08 to land in fourth.

Next on the Pool Deck

Dickinson returns to Centennial Conference action on Saturday when they visit Swarthmore College for a 1 p.m. start at Ware Pool.