January 16, 2009
WOMEN'S SWIMMING COMES BACK TO BEAT SACRED HEART, 106-99, AT THE CHACE CENTER FRIDAY AFTERNOON
SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Jess Looney (Goffstown, N.H. / Goffstown) and Amy D'Olympia (Mattapoisett, Mass. / Bishop Stang) each won two events to help lead the Bryant women's swim team in a dramatic come-from-behind win over Sacred Heart on Friday afternoon at the Chace Center Pool to earn its first Northeast Conference victory and improve to 2-0 at home this season.
Trailing 92-77 with just the 200 breaststroke and the 400 freestyle relay left, the Bulldogs (3-5) got an outstanding performance from sophomore Lisa Zanchi (North Reading, Mass / North Reading), who put up a career-best 2:36.20 in the 200 yard breaststroke to take down first place and keep Bryant hopes alive, trailing 97-91 with one event to go. Allison Schaab (Boothwyn, Pa. / Garnet Valley) and Sarah Drew (Milton, Mass. / Notre Dame Academy) also picked up big points in the event, grabbing third and fourth place respectively.
Still trailing going into the final event, Bryant needed at least a first and third place finish out of its two relay teams to get the win. The team of D'Olympia, Jill Squillante (Sayville, N.Y. / Sayville), Jackie Pajor (Glastonbury, Conn. / Glastonbury) and Zanchi coasted to a first place finish with a time of 3:53.26, while the team of Amy Howell (Clifton Park, N.Y. / Shenendehowa), Kelly Hill (Tarrytown, N.Y. / Sleepy Hollow), Cassy Fostik (Neshanic Station, N.J. / Hunterdon Central) and Kerry Timulty (Randolph, Mass. / Ursuline) was able to take home second place thanks to a lightning fourth leg by Timulty, coming in with a split time of 59.17 and overtaking Sacred Heart.
Bryant will jump right back in the pool tomorrow afternoon as they take on Bridgeport and Adelphi at the Chace Center (1 p.m.).