Saints in Tight Pack at MAAC Championships

Shannon Love paced Siena in her MAAC Championships debut.

Feb. 16, 2012

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Siena swimming and diving sits sixth among ten teams with two days of events left on the docket at the 2012 MAAC Championships. The Saints are just two and a half points out of fifth, and were bolstered by four top-seven finishes on the first day of competition at Erie Community College in Buffalo, N.Y.

Freshman Shannon Love led the way for the Saints on day one, finishing fourth in the 50 free after stopping the timer in :23.78. Siena swimmers also finished sixth in both the 200 free relay and 500 free. The group of Dana Tricarico, Amanda Podczerwinski, Amanda York, and Love checked in in 1:38.75, while Jacque Medina tied for sixth in the latter event with a time of 5:05.43. Podczerwinski, Kaela Bjornberg, York, and Love also checked in seventh in the 400 medley relay (4:00.82), and Podczerwinski also finished 16th in the 200 IM (2:16.41).

Additionally, five Siena swimmers were named to the 2012 MAAC All-Academic Team. Seniors Emily Schultz (3.76 GPA), Katie Carew (3.5), and Kristen Lange (3.5) earned their third consecutive nominations, and they were joined by junior two-time honoree Bjornberg (3.26) and Tricarico (3.39), a sophomore.

Marist assumed command on day one, with their total of 216.5 points leading second-place Rider (176.5 points) by 40. Third-place Loyola (132) is 43.5 points behind the Broncs, followed by Iona (110), Fairfield (81), Siena (78.5), Canisius (76.5), Niagara (50), Saint Peter's (48), and Manhattan (32).

The MAAC Championships resume tomorrow at 10 a.m.