Jan. 26, 2014
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The Seton Hall women’s swimming & diving team wrapped up its dual meet schedule on Sunday, dropping a 174.5-116.5 decision to the visiting Connecticut Huskies in their final home appearance of the season.
The team’s four seniors – Kate Dwyer (Freehold, N.J.), Kerrie Kolackovsky (Franklin Square, N.Y.), Kelly Markwell (Old Bridge, N.J.) and Katie Riley (Newburgh, N.Y.) - were recognized for their contributions to the program over the last four seasons prior to the start of the meet.
It was Kolackovsky who delivered in trademark fashion in her final competitive meet inside the Arthur E. Imperatore Natatorium, recording three more individual victories on the day. The multiple school record holder first teamed with Markwell, sophomore Megan Mallon (Glen Mills, Pa.) and freshman Melody Bush (Guelph, Ontario) to place second in the 200-yard medley relay and went on to sweep the individual events in which she was entered. As they had done four times prior to Sunday, Kolackovsky and Mallon occupied the top two spots in the 100-yard breaststroke as the senior reached the wall in 1:05.50 followed by Mallon with a time of 1:06.45, more than three seconds ahead of UConn’s top finisher.
The duo combined to collect two more top-three efforts in the 200-breast as Kolackovsky outpaced the field by reaching the wall in 2:22.97 and the sophomore clocked in at 2:26.06, just .16 seconds outside of second place.
Kolackovsky’s final victory came in the last individual event of the day, as she eclipsed all other 200-IM competitors by more than five seconds after reaching the finish in 2:09.26. Freshman Cece Henry (St. Louis, Mo.) placed third in the race, posting a time of 2:15.25.
Henry was also the Pirates’ top performer in the 200-butterfly, coming within .5 seconds of victory by reaching the wall in 2:10.86. At the 100-yard distance; freshman Tessa Lindner (Sun Prairie, Wisc.) paced The Hall with a sub-one minute effort (59.66) that was within one second of the first-place mark while Henry (1:01.58) added a fourth-place showing.
Lindner also came in third in the 100-yard freestyle as her time of 55.60 led the way for the squad, just ahead of classmate Maddie Harris (Ocala, Fla.) in fifth with a time of 56.65. Gabi Levine (Garwood, N.J.) closed the 50-yard freestyle strong to finish in a tie for third (25.62) while teammate Isabelle Alario (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) took fifth place with a time of 26.18.
In the 200-yard backstroke, the Pirates had three team members record scoring times led by sophomore Alexis Santis (Ijamsville, Md.) in third; who was immediately followed by classmate Cora Meehan (Noblesville, Ind.) and freshman Kelsey Buonaiuto (Miller Place, N.Y.).
From the diving board, a third-place showing from sophomore Gabby Signorelli (Massapequa, N.Y.) in three-meter competition was the Pirates’ top finish on the afternoon and was posted in conjunction with a fourth-place effort by Riley.
The matchup with UConn was the second of three meets preceding the 2014 BIG EAST Championship as the team will conclude its regular season slate next Saturday, February 1 at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md.