Pace Wraps Northeast-10 Championship Run, Lynch Named Most Valuable Athlete
NEW HAVEN, CT – The Pace University women's swimming and diving team concluded one of their best ever runs at the at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships on Sunday with a podium finish and a school record. Overall, the Setters finished fifth out of nine teams.
The Setters finished with 545 points, just one behind Saint Rose for fourth and four shy of Bentley for third. Assumption won the competition with a score of 818 points.
Sophomore Kaitlyn Siriano (Shelton, CT/Shelton) got the day started for Pace with a second place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 17:58.73, dropping more than 30 seconds from her previous best time in the event.
Senior Georgie Goulding (Wellington, New Zeland/Wellington Girls High School) contributed to the effort with a fourth place finish in the 200 butterfly with a 2:13.15.
The Setters wrapped up the meet with a school standard in the 400 freestyle relay. The quartet of grad student Kaitlyn Lynch (Vallejo, CA/Solano C.C.), juniors Alexis Chocianowski (Cambria Heights, NY/The Mary Louis Academy) and Hannah Oleksak (Blandford, MA/Williston Northhampton), and freshman Kaitlyn Fitzgerald (Ashburn, VA/St. Anthony's) finished fourth with a time of 3:37.19.
Additionally for her efforts during the four days, Lynch was named the Women's Swimming Championship Most Valuable Athlete. Lynch won three golds claiming the 50 free, 100 fly, and 100 back. She set the conference championship record in the 50 free and recorded three school records along with two NCAA provisional qualifying times during the meet.
Next up for Pace is the Metropolitan Conference Championships on the campus of Rutgers University. February 14-16.