KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Nov. 18, 2017) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy women's swimming & diving team kicked off the 2017-18 campaign on Saturday with the 2017 USMMA Memorial Invitational, hosted by the Mariners at the O'Hara Hall Pool. Merchant Marine welcomed in the squads from Adelphi, FIT, SUNY Maritime, Pace, Queens and Stevens. There were no team scores kept at the event.
The Mariners had a total of two first-place finishes on the day, as freshman Victoria Kirshner (Santa Clarita, Calif.) claimed both victories in the 100 freestyle (55.92) and the 50 freestyle (25.29).
USMMA also had four second-place finishes. Kirshner was also a part of both the 200 medley relay team with classmates Jennifer Stelnicki (Chicago, Ill.) and Eliza Miller (Richmond, Ky.) as well as junior Ella Sherrill (Ketchikan, Alaska), who placed second with a time of 1:58.18, as well as the 400 freestyle relay team with sophomore Meika Gathy (Waterford, Conn.), junior Pamela Grod (Northbrook, Ill.) and Sherrill, which came in second in 3:51.06.
Individually, Sherrill came in second in the 100 free (56.99) and freshman Emily Orski (East Islip, N.Y.) placed second in the 500 free with a time of 5:49.36.
For the complete results from the USMMA Memorial Invitational, click here.
The Mariners are back in action the weekend of Dec. 1-3, when they travel to Ewing, N.J. to take part in the TCNJ Invitational. More info on that Invite will be available closer to the event.
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