WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Collecting 545 total points on the day, the University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team is in first overall after the opening sessions of the Diamond City Invitational, which is being hosted by King's at the Wyoming Valley CYC.
Entering Sunday's final session, Scranton leads King's by a tally of 545-407.
The morning session on Saturday saw the Royals kick off the weekend with a first-place finish in the 200-freestyle relay, as the team of junior Elizabeth Howlin (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) freshman Amber Diehl (Hyde Park, N.Y./Franklin D. Roosevelt), senior Lucy Fulton (Wayne, Pa./Radnor) and sophomore Audrey Campo (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) hit the wall in 1:41.31 to edge out a team from King's to take the event.
Individually, Campo went on to win the 50-freestyle with a time of 24.73, while Howlin finished fourth in the event with a time of 25.68. Rounding out the top individual performances in the morning session for the Royals was junior Jenna Harper (Easton, Pa./Easton Area), who registered a fourth-place finish in the 200-IM, hitting the wall in 2:21.13.
To round out the morning, Scranton's 400-medley relay team placed second overall with a time of 4:04.92 to put themselves in first place overall as a team entering the evening session. On the Royals' 400-medley relay team was senior Susan Neggia (Fair Lawn, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), Diehl, sophomore Marycate O'Sullivan (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet), and Campo.
With 203 total points as a team entering the evening session, Scranton got off to a great start, as the Royals 200-medley relay squad collected a win with a time of 1:51.10. The team consisted of Campo, Diehl, and sophomores Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) and O'Sullivan
Next, in the 400-IM, Campo continued her great day with another individual victory, taking the event with a time of 4:45.78. Harper also finished high in the event, placing fourth overall (4:55.51), as well.
Scranton's next individual triumph came in the 100-butterfly, as O'Sullivan was victorious with a time of 1:00.84. Later in the 100-breaststroke, Campo won for the third time on the day, hitting the wall in a meet record 1:06.32 to take the event. Scranton dominated the 100-breast, as Bryne (1:07.46) and Diehl (1:08.37) finished second and third, respectively, overall.
O'Sullivan then registered another high finish, this time in the 100-backstroke, where she placed second overall with a time of 1:00.21.
In the final event of the first day of competition, Scranton ended where they started, as the Royals' 800-freestyle relay squad was victorious in a time of 8:10.78. On the team for Scranton was Campo, Byrne, Harper, and senior Susannah Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central).
The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team wraps up action at the Diamond City Invitational on Sunday, with action beginning at 10 a.m.