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Pirates Close Out Road Win at Marist, 153-147

Jan. 26, 2014


POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – In their first competition in over two months, the Seton Hall women’s swimming & diving team traveled to upstate New York and picked up an impressive road victory over reigning MAAC champions Marist College, closing out a 153-147 win in a tightly-contested affair.

The Hall logged a total of 10 first-place finishes on the day, nine of which came in individual events. Senior Kerrie Kolackovsky (Franklin Square, N.Y.) led the way by sweeping all three freestyle events which she entered. Sophomore Megan Mallon (Glen Mills, Pa.) and freshman Cece Henry (St. Louis, Mo.) each added two victories while freshmen Melody Bush (Guelph, Ontario) and Tessa Lindner (Sun Prairie, Wisc.) contributed one apiece.

In a back-and-forth meet that went down to the wire, The Hall jumped out to an early lead as Bush, Mallon, Kolackovsky and Kelly Markwell (Old Bridge, N.J.) combined to close out a win in the 400-yard medley relay to start the day, clocking in at 1:49.57.

Kolackovsky recorded the team’s first individual win of the day, outpacing the 200-yard freestyle field with a time of 1:54.52. Sophomores Cora Meehan (Noblesville, Ind.) and Katie Adams (Linwood, N.J.) added two more scoring times in the event, placing fourth and fifth respectively.

The victory started a string of four straight for the Pirates as Bush soon followed up by posting the lone sub-one minute 100-back time of the meet (59.88), Mallon claimed the 100-breast with a 1:07.50 mark and Henry closed the stretch with a time of 2:10.68 that was good enough for first in the 200-fly.

In the 100-breast, freshman Annie Bucca (New Brunswick, N.J.) supplemented Mallon’s effort with a third-place finish of her own while in the 200-fly, Lindner and Markwell reached the wall in third and fourth.

Seton Hall’s next win in the pool came two events later as Kolackovsky edged Marist senior Madeline Arciello with a time of 53.25. After Bush swam to a runner-up showing to lead SHU in the 200-back (2:12.03), Mallon held on to clock in first with a time of 2:29.50 in the 200-breaststroke.

The result kick-started another run of four-straight Seton Hall wins that stretched through the end of individual swimming competition. Kolackovsky flew past the 500-yard free field with a 5:09.75 mark that was nearly five seconds quicker than her closest competitor, followed by a 1-2 Seton Hall finish in the 100-fly.

Lindner turned in a time of 59.43 to finish just ahead of classmate Cece Henry who reached the wall in 1:00.42. Henry came back in the final individual race of the day to place atop the 200-IM field by clocking in at 2:13.26; securing the team victory.

In diving competition, sophomore Gabby Signorelli (Massapequa, N.Y.) added two second-place efforts with her high score of 251.03 coming from the three-meter board. Senior Katie Riley (Newburgh, N.Y.) added a pair of fourth-place scores on the day as well.

The result sends the Pirates into Sunday’s home meet with Connecticut on a high note, as Seton Hall is set to host the Huskies in the 2013-14 home finale at Noon. The meet will serve as Senior Day for the squad’s four active seniors as Kolackovsky, Markwell, Riley and Kate Dwyer (Freehold, N.J.) will be honored in a pre-meet ceremony.