Women's swim team has fine first day at league meet

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 19, 2010
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Jess Blais

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. --- Mandy Ferguson and Jess Blais each placed fourth and had NCAA 'B' cut qualifying times for Colby College at the first day of the New England Small College Athletic Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday at Middlebury College.

Complete results: http://pjmm.net/results/nescacs2010/mm-results-w-2010/

Ferguson had a time of 5:06.59 in the 500-yard freestyle championship final after posting a 5:05.71 in a morning preliminary race. Meanwhile, Blais took fourth with a 27.83 in the final of the 50 backstroke.

The team of Blais, Danielle Carlson, Kathryn Lee, and Ferguson took third place in the 400 medley relay with a time of 4:00.26 in the final race of the evening. The team of Kayleigh Monahan, Sarah Hansen, Ferguson, and Laura Burns took fifth place in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:38.67.

The top-five finishes helped Colby take fifth place out of 11 teams after the first day of competition. The teams also swim on Saturday and Sunday. The Mules have 384.5 points and are solidly ahead of sixth place Connecticut College (321).

Monahan placed in a tie for seventh place in the 50 backstroke in 28.44, while Carlson and Burns both won consolation finals in taking ninth place finishes. Carlson had a time of 2:09.57 to post a 'B" cut qualifying time in the 200 individual medley. Burns finished with a time of 24.83 in the 50 freestyle (24.82 prelim) and Monahan was 12th with a 25.16. The Mules also received a 10th from Rosie Wennberg in the 50 butterfly (27.05, 26.87 prelim) and Kathryn Lee took 11th place in 27.16. Chelsea Heneghan finished 12th in the 500 freestyle in 5:08.93.