KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Feb. 2, 2019 – UPDATED Feb. 4, 2019) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's swimming & diving team lost its home-finale to #21 Rowan University, 198-87, on Senior Day this past Saturday at the O'Hara Hall Pool. In defeat, the Mariners close out the 2018-19 dual meet schedule with an 8-2 record, while the Profs improve to 9-2.
Prior to the meet, the Mariners paid tribute to their four graduating seniors with a special Senior Day ceremony honoring Danielle Christmas (Tavernier, Fla.), Pamela Grod (Northbrook, Ill.), Kara Korengel (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Colleen Griffin (Kinnelon, N.J.).
Picking up first-place finishes on the day for the Mariners were sophomore Victoria Kirshner (Santa Clarita, Calif.) in the 100 free with a time of 55.97 and Korengel on the three-meter board with a score of 270.83.
Kirshner also had a pair of second-place finishes in the 50 free (25.69) and the 50 fly (28.20), while Korengel placed second in the one-meter board (234.83).
Also coming in second place for USMMA were freshman Samantha Hunt (Franklin, Texas) in the 100 fly with a time of 1:03.69, sophomore Christina Hogan (North Andover, Mass.) in the 500 free in 5:53.98, classmate Emily Orski (East Islip, N.Y.) in the 200 IM with a time of 2:35.21 and the 200 free relay team of Grod, Hogan, junior Sara Cosenza (Peoria, Ariz.) and sophomore Angeline Lei (New Hyde Park, N.Y.) in 1:53.03.
Up next, the Mariner divers will compete at the NYU Invitational on Friday night, Feb. 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at New York University's Palladium Athletic Facility Natatorium on 14th Street in Manhattan. Any live links for the event will be posted on the USMMA Women's Swim & Dive Schedule Page later this week.
The full team's next meet isn't until later this month at the 2019 Metropolitan Conference Championships the weekend of Feb. 22-24. As always, the ultra-competitive meet will be held at Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J. More information on the meet can be found at this link.
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