|Lauren Byrne||Jenna Harper|
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. – Senior Jenna Harper (Easton, Pa./Easton Area) and junior Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) both won two events apiece as The University of Scranton women's swimming and diving team was dominant on day one of the Diamond City Invitational on Saturday at the Wyoming Valley CYC in Wilkes-Barre.
Scranton also set a meet record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:50.49.
Harper won the 200 IM in a time of 2:17.84 and captured the 400 IM in a time of 4:54.91, while Byrne took home the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.93 and won the 200 freestyle as she touched the wall in a time of 1:58.94.
Other individual winners for the Royals were freshman Danielle Pikulik (Smithtown, N.Y./St. Anthony's) in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:07.46 and junior Marycate O'Sullivan (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet) who won the 100 backstroke in 1:00.81.
Scranton leads the team standings with 1,131.5 points and holds over a 200 point lead on King's who sits in second with 903.5 points.
The Royals also added four relay victories on the day. O'Sullivan, Pikulik, Byrne and junior Audrey Campo (Clarks Summit, Pa./Scranton Prep) set the afore-mentioned meet record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:50.49, topping the previous meet record of 1:50.98 that had been set by Misericordia in 2013. The quartet of Campo, sophomore Amber Diehl (Hyde Park, N.Y./Franklin D. Roosevelt), senior Elizabeth Howlin (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) and Byrne won the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:39.65, while O'Sullivan, Pikulik, senior Hailey Kenyon (Ringoes, N.J./Hunterdon Central) and Campo captured the 400 medley relay in 4:05.78. The relay quartet of freshman Kylie Kramer (Stony Brook, N.Y./Ward Melville), Byrne, Harper and Diehl closed out day one with a win in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 8:12.65.
Diehl had a pair of second place finishes for the Royals in 50 freestyle (25.18) and 200 freestyle (1:59.39) to go along with second place finishes from Pikulik in the 200 IM in a time of 2:18.78, O'Sullivan in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:01.46 and Campo in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:08.66.
The 2019 Diamond City Invitational resumes on Sunday at 10 a.m.