Women's Swimming Sweeps Elizabethtown In Return To Action

Junior Maggie Reynolds was one of 10 Royals to win an individual event on Saturday at Elizabethtown.
Junior Maggie Reynolds was one of 10 Royals to win an individual event on Saturday at Elizabethtown.


ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. – The University of Scranton women's swimming team returned from a layoff of more than a month and showed no signs of rust, winning all 14 events en route to a 230.5-47.5 win at Elizabethtown on Saturday afternoon.

Ten different Royals won individual events as the team finished 1-2 in 11 different events in its first meet since Dec. 2. Junior Susannah Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) was was one of two swimmers to win two individual events, taking the 50 freestyle in :29.26 and the 500 freestyle in 5:54.35. Freshman Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) also won twice, capturing the 200 freestyle in 2:02.75 and the 100 butterfly in 1:02.81.

The duo also each swam on a winning relay team, as Ilseman teamed with her twin sister, junior Emma Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central), junior Lucy Fulton (Wayne, Pa./Radnor) and sophomore Elizabeth Howlin (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:45.46.

Byrne joined junior Susan Neggia (Fair Lawn, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), Howlin and Emma Ilseman to win the 200 medley relay in 1:56.54.

Senior Maeve Potter (Rye, N.Y./School of the Holy Child) won the 200 backstroke in 2:21.77 and added second-place finishes in the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.

Neggia was also victorious in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.65 while Howlin captured the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.84. And Emma Ilseman took home first place in the 100 freestyle in :57.24.

Scranton (7-0) also received first-place finishes from junior Kaylee Walsh (Hazlet, N.J./Raritan) in the 1000 freestyle (12:35.29), junior Margaret Reynolds (Centerport, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) in the 200 butterfly (2:31.32), sophomore Jenna Harper (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) in the 200 breaststroke (2:37.43) and junior Claire Mason (Livingston, N.J./Mt. St. Joseph Academy) in the 400 individual medley (4:59.19).

Potter, Harper, Fulton and sophomore Hailey Kenyon (Ringoes, N.J./Hunterdon Central) combined to finish second in the 200 medley relay. The 200 freestyle relay team of senior Erica Westlake (West Chester, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame), freshman Marycate O'Sullivan (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet), sophomore Anne Gormley (Havertown, Pa./Merion Mercy Academy) and Kenyon was also second.

The Royals also received second-place finishes from senior Kelly Lappin (Brookfield, Conn./Brookfield) in the 1000 freestyle, Fulton in the 100 backstroke, sophomore Grace Cieri (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford) in the 50 freestyle, sophomore Riva Kelly (Bogota, N.J./Teaneck) in the 100 freestyle, Kenyon in the 200 backstroke, sophomore Laura Iobst (Maywood, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) and freshman Cara Webster (Bradford, Pa./Bradford) in the 400 individual medley.

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team will be in action twice next week. On Friday, the Royals will travel across town to take on Marywood at 5 p.m. On Saturday, they will visit Madison, N.J. to take on Drew at 1 p.m.