Women’s Swimming & Diving Bests Ramapo, Places Well at Drew’s Ranger Invite

Senior Lucy Fulton helped two relay teams capture victories on the day at Ramapo.
Senior Lucy Fulton helped two relay teams capture victories on the day at Ramapo.
Emma Rose


It was a busy weekend throughout New Jersey for The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving teams, as several Royals competed at Drew in the Ranger Invite, while also taking on Ramapo in a dual meet on Saturday.

Against Ramapo, the Royals gutted out a 153-109 win over the host Roadrunners to improve to 5-1 in dual meets on the season.

But first, several Royals put together some impressive finishes at the Ranger Invite at Drew, where the team registered a fourth place finish.

Scranton 162, Ramapo 100 | Results
In the dual meet against Ramapo, the Royals got the day started fast, as Scranton's 200-medley relay team registered a win with a time of 1:57.30. On the team for Scranton were seniors Susan Neggia (Fair Lawn, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) and Lucy Fulton (Wayne, Pa./Radnor), along with junior Jenna Harper (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) and sophomore Marycate O'Sullivan (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet).

Next up in the 1000-freestyle, senior Margaret Reynolds (Centerpoint, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy) was victorious in a time of 11:52.84, taking the event by almost 18 whole seconds. This was followed up by a win by senior Emma Rose Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) in the 200-freestyle, as she hit the wall in 2:06.43 in the event.

In the 100-breastroke, Scranton picked up another victory, as Harper finished on top with a time of 1:13.86. Meanwhile, junior Elizabeth Howlin (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) was victorious in the 50-freestyle in 26.13, and Ilseman became a two-time winner in the meet with victory in the 100-freestyle (58.21).

In the 200-breaststroke, Harper became Scranton's second two-time winner after finishing in first with a time of 2:42.08, which was the final individual win for Scranton on the day.

The meet finished up with the 200-freestyle relay, where Scranton ended the day where they began it, on top, with a time of 1:45.81. Scranton's "A" team in the event consisted of Howlin, Fulton, O'Sullivan, and Ilseman.

Drew Ranger Invite | Results
While Scranton took part in a dual meet with Ramapo on Saturday, several members of the team headed to Drew to take part in the Ranger Invite over the last two days.

In the event, sophomore Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) was victorious in the 200-IM, hitting the wall in 2:10.04, as she edged out fellow sophomore Audrey Campo (Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights) in the event (2:10.64).

Next in the 50-freestyle, freshman Amber Diehl (Hype Park, N.Y./Franklin D. Roosevelt) collected Scranton's second win of the event, taking it in a time of 25.20. This was followed by a victory in the 200-medley relay for the Royals, as the team of Byrne, Diehl, Campo and senior Claire Mason (Livingston, N.J./Mt. St. Dominic Academy) hit the wall in 1:51.49.

The next event of note was the 100-breaststoke, where Scranton took the top four spots on the leaderboard, led by Campo who finished in a time of 1:04.78 to take the event. Diehl went on to finish second in both the 100-breast (1:06.14) and 100-free (55.49), as did Byrne in the 200-backstroke (2:09.75).

Scranton's next win came in the 200-breaststroke, where Campo (2:20.81) edged out Mason (2:25.99) in the event to take it. The last event of the weekend saw Scranton finish second in the 400-freestyle relay, where their "A" team hit the wall in 3:40.55

The University of Scranton women's swimming & diving team is now idle until Jan. 13 when they host Elizabethtown in a dual meet inside the Byron Center. Action gets underway at 1 p.m.