Feb. 2, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, MD. - Standout efforts from Kerrie Kolackovsky (Franklin Square, N.Y.) and Megan Mallon (Glen Mills, Pa.) highlighted a strong close to the regular season for the Seton Hall women's swimming & diving team that included seven top-five efforts at the All Corners Invitational hosted by the United States Naval Academy.
The reigning BIG EAST Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week, Kolackovsky punctuated a stellar senior campaign by emerging as the class of the 1,650-yard freestyle field, swimming to a time of 17:21.89 that was nearly 28 seconds faster than the runner-up, Stephanie Koziol of Bucknell. Kolackovsky's time is the fastest by a Pirate this season and ranks sixth in the BIG EAST overall.
Mallon also added an individual victory on the day, outpacing a 100-yard breaststroke field that featured 27 other competitors with a 1:06.76 showing. Mallon was one of three top-20 finishers for The Hall in the event as classmate Cora Meehan (Noblesville, Ind.) placed 14th by reaching the wall in 1:11.17 followed by freshman Kelsey Buonaiuto (Miller Place, N.Y) in 17th (1:12.60).
At the conclusion of Seton Hall's regular season schedule, Kolackovsky and Mallon stand as the top-two seeds in the conference in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Kolackovsky also added a second-place effort out of 59 entrants in the 50-yard freestyle event, clocking in at 24.41. Freshman Melody Bush (Guelph, Ontario) turned in a time of 25.33 to give SHU a pair of top-12 finishers in the event.
From the diving board, sophomore Gabby Signorelli (Massapequa, N.Y.) came within .4 points of victory in three-meter competition, totaling a score of 276.85 to take second place. Senior Katie Riley (Newburgh, N.Y.) wasn't far behind, earning a six-dive score of 267.55 that was fourth-best among 17 divers.
Two of the Pirates' other three top-five performances came in relay competition, beginning with a fifth-place effort of 1:40.15 from Kolackovsky, Tessa Lindner (Sun Prairie, Wisc.), Bush and Gabi Levine (Garwood, N.J.) in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Kolackovsky swam the opening leg, preceding her second-place time in the individual event with the third-fastest split time out of 25 teams.
The Franklin Square native and Bush later combined with Mallon and senior Kelly Markwell (Old Bridge, N.J.) to pick up a fourth-place time of 1:50.91 in the 200-yard medley relay.
Levine paced the squad in the 100-yard butterfly, swimming to a time of 59.83 that was good enough for fourth out of 54 swimmers. She was also Seton Hall's top finisher in the 100-yard backstroke, clocking a time of 1:02.25 (13th) to lead a group of three top-20 finishers for The Hall in the event. Alexa Santis (Ijamsville, Md.) reached the wall in 1:03.15 to place 17th while Kelly Miller (State College, Pa.) came in at 1:03.65 to take 19th.
The competition wraps up the lead up to the 2014 BIG EAST Championship for both the Seton Hall swimmers and divers. The championships will be held separately with the diving competition beginning on Thursday, February 13 in Villanova, Pa. and the swimming portion spanning four days from February 19-February 22 in Gloucester, N.J.