Women's Swimming Drops Season Opener
Oct. 25, 2003
The University at Buffalo's women's swimming and diving team rolled to a 179-74 victory over Siena College Saturday morning at UB's Alumni Arena Natatorium. The meet was the season opener for both teams.
UB's Jennefer Brankovsky (Toronto, Ontario/Don Mills CI), last season's Mid-American Conference Swimmer of the Year, got off to strong start, winning the 100 backstroke in 1:00.92 and the 500 freestyle in 5:03.97. Brankovsky also was part of the Bulls' winning entry in the 200 medley relay as UB took the race in 1:52.46. Brankovsky swam the second leg of the race with Abby Delia (Oswego, NY/Oswego), Jennifer Raimondi (Olean, NY/Olean) and Bethany Miller (East Amherst, NY/Williamsville East) completing the foursome.
The remainder of the UB victories were balanced among eight individuals. In freestyle events, senior Jolie Pun (Fonthill, Ontario/E.L. Crossley) took the 1,000-yard distance in 10:44.50. Delia, another senior, took the 100 freestyle in 54.22 and freshman Kahla Walkinshaw (Hamilton, Ontario/Westmount SS) was victorious in the 200 freestyle in 1:54.99.
A pair of freshmen swept for the Bulls in the breaststroke races. Stefanie Nochisaki (Ballston Spa, NY/Saratoga Springs) took the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.07 while Danielle Gervais (Napean, Ontario/Sir Robert Borden) won the 200 breaststroke in 2:27.89, with Nochisaki taking second in the event. Another freshman, Catherine Rowan (New Orleans, LA/Mt. Carmel Academy), won her first collegiate race, taking the 200 backstroke in 2:11.91.
Butterfliers Janet Reynolds (Bethpage, NY/Bethpage) and Raimondi finished one-two in their races. Raimondi took the 100 butterfly in 1:00.26 with Reynolds following in 1:00.46. Reynolds grabbed the victory at the 200 distance in 2:11.47 with Raimondi finishing second in 2:13.66.
UB's divers earned top marks as the Bulls exhibitioned the one- and three-meter competitions as Siena had no diving entrants. Ashlee Burton (Franklin, IN/Franklin Community) scored 244.28 on the one-meter board while Kim LaHaye (Pointe Claire, Quebec/Jean XXIII) totaled 222.00 points at three-meters to lead the Bulls.