(Posted February 13, 2005)

Wilkes-Barre, Pa.? The Juniata College women?s swimming team sits in third place after two days of competition at the 2005 MAC Swimming Championships. Juniata has totaled 325 points in two days of competition, with the Eagles earning 150 points on the meet?s second day.

The Eagles sit 62.5 points behind the University of Scranton, and are 187 shy of first-place Albright.

Juniata?s top finish came as the Eagles earned 32 points with a third-place finish in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The Eagle team of Amy Sutherland (Norwich/Norwich, N.Y.), Jenny Bair (Huntingdon/Huntingdon), Allison Sweigart (Muhlenberg/Reading) and Kathy Trainor (King of Prussia/Lower Merion) swam a time of 8:13.64.

Trainor also posted one of the top individual finishes on the day for Juniata as she placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle. Amy Hanson (Lancaster Catholic/Elizabethtown) added a 10th-place finish in the event, while Allison Engle (Shippensburg/Shippensburg) was right behind her in 11th place.

Dana Gais (Kiski/Saltsburg) also notched a fourth-place finish for Juniata as she touched the wall fourth in the 400-yard IM. Samantha Monty added one point for Juniata as she placed 16th in the event.

The Eagles racked up 32 points in the 100-yard breaststroke as the Eagles earned three point-producing finishes. Lauren Chiappetta (St. Charles/St. Charles, Il.) led the group as she placed seventh and she was followed by Bair in eighth and Carlie Zoubek (Paul IV/Burke, Va.) in ninth.

Finally, Juniata added 16 points with two swimmers finishing in the top-16 in the 100-yard backstroke. Sutherland led the way with a seventh-place finish while Collin Thompson (Altoona/Altoona) was 13th.

Juniata opened up competition on the second day with a sixth-place effort in the 200-yard medley relay. Sutherland, Bair, Sweigart and Trainor again teamed up, this time posting a time of 1:56.85 which earned 26 points for Juniata.

Juniata?s 325 points is well ahead of its two-day total from 2004 when the Eagles had 291.5 points. Juniata went on to earn a program-best third-place finish in 2004, and are looking to top that this season. The MAC Championships will conclude with six individual events and a pair of relays on Sunday.


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