By Ronald Hanaki
The LIU Post Pioneers defeated ESU’s Women’s Swimming team 190-67 in a dual meet last Saturday afternoon at the natatorium inside Koehler Fieldhouse. But a strong showing by ESU’s swimmers enabled the Warriors to post five new PSAC qualifying times.
Sophomore Olivia Lukshides qualified for the PSAC Championships in the 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle.
The three other PSAC qualifying times were posted by senior Briana Hall, senior Allison Cardow and sophomore Tarah Killane.
The Warriors had nine runners-up finishes out of a total of 14 events.
The Warriors were led by Killane and senior Annie Fagan. Killane placed second in the 500-yard free and the 1650-yard free.
Fagan finished second in the 50-yard free and the 100-yard butterfly. Fagan also anchored the Warriors to a runner-up finish in the 200-yard medley relay.
Cardow took second in the 400-yard IM in a personal best time of 4:48.63. She also took fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Hall took second in 100-yard freestyle in a time of 54.99. This was only a half-second off the winning time of 54.48.
Rising star Brie Bieber took fourth place in the 400-yard IM. The freshman also helped the Warriors take sixth place in the 200-yard medley relay.
Freshman Taylor Howery also had a strong meet. She swam the lead leg for ESU’s ‘B’ team in the 200-yard medley relay in a blistering 29.43 seconds, which was actually faster than the ‘A’ team’s opening time of 29.65 seconds swum by senior Colleen Dwyer.
Howery was also the top finisher for the Warriors in the 100-yard backstroke event.
The Warriors are back in the pool for a tri-meet against Kutztown and California tomorrow evening at Kutztown and Saturday afternoon at Koehler Fieldhouse.
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