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January 21, 2013

Two Academy Records Topped

Middletown, CT – Seniors Gretchen Holoubek (Saverna Park, MD) and Jessica Tyack (Lake Isabella, CA) etched their names into the United States Merchant Marine Academy record books Saturday afternoon as the Mariners competed at the Wesleyan Invitational in Middletown, CT.

The meet consisted of 14 teams including Amherst College, Stevenson, Wesleyan, Connecticut College, Rhode Island College, and Division-II Franklin Pierce, among others.

Holoubek finished fourth overall in the 600m, nabbing the top spot on the academy's all-time list with a time of 1:46.24.  She also ran the fastest 3K at USMMA since 2005 with a time of 11:11.04, finishing fifth at the meet and placing fourth on the academy's list. 

Tyack won her 200m heat handedly out of lane one; setting a new Merchant Marine record with a time of 28.49s.

Aside from their record breaking seniors, the Mariners had a handful of outstanding performances from their freshmen as well.  Gloria Mahoney (Atlanta, GA) finished a few spots behind Holoubek in the 600m with a time of 1:52.35; placing her fifth on the academy list behind only Holoubek and Lauren Rattan '12 who combine to hold the top four spots. 

Kate Stanislaw (West Lawn, PA) showed remarkable improvement in the 400m with a time of 1:10.55, moving her into ninth on USMMA's all-time list.  In the 60m hurdles, Nicole Mautino (Bethlehem, PA) set what would have been an academy record at this time last year, with a time of 11.13s, if teammate Michelle Danhoff (Berlington, WI) had not bettered the mark late last season. 

Tyack, Mautino, Mahoney, and Stanislaw would also combine to run the second fastest 4x400m relay in Merchant Marine history with a time of 4:36.83.

In the one mile run, junior Chelsea Tapper (Brooklyn, NY) ran a personal best time of 6:18.99.

Senior Tara Mulligan flung her fourth longest career distance in the weight throw, holding on to nine of the top 10 longest throws at the academy.  Her distance of 12.73 meters was good enough to place third overall at the meet.

"It's always great to see records fall this early in the season," said Head Coach Greg Lott.  "Some of our girls are really starting to hit their stride and I expect to see many more fall in the coming weeks."

The Mariners have the next weekend off and are preparing to head up to Springfield College on Feb. 2 for an invitational against some of the region's top competition.