Women's Swimming Dominates Ramapo in 180-81 Victory On Saturday

Junior Claire Mason had an individual victory and swam on a winning relay team as the Royals routed Ramapo on Saturday.
Junior Claire Mason had an individual victory and swam on a winning relay team as the Royals routed Ramapo on Saturday.


The University of Scranton women's swimming and diving team won 11 of the 15 events contested on Saturday en route to a 180-81 victory over Ramapo in the Byron Center.

The Royals (7-0) won both relay events and three different swimmers won at least two individual events in the victory.

Freshman Lauren Byrne (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) led Scranton with a trio of individual victories. She started her day with a win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.16, just .06 seconds from matching the program record of 1:00.10 set by Sarah Gazdalski in 1999. Byrne also won the 200 breaststroke in 2:31.40 and the 200 individual medley in 2:14.80.

Byrne capped her day and the Royals' victory as part of the victorious 200 freestyle relay team that ended the meet by finishing first in 1:41.28. She was joined on that team by junior Emma Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central), sophomore Elizabeth Howlin (Hauppauge, N.Y./Smithtown West) and senior Raquel Wasserman (Pound Ridge, N.Y./The Fox Lane).

Ilseman also had a pair of individual victories, as she took the 1000 freestyle with a time of 11:46.05, then won the 500 freestyle in 5:46.01.

Freshman Marycate O'Sullivan (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet) also won twice, taking the 200 butterfly in 2:21.54 and the 100 butterfly in 1:03.70. She was also part of the 200 medley relay team that opened the meet by finishing first in 1:53.48. She was joined on that team by juniors Susan Neggia (Fair Lawn, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) and Claire Mason (Livingston, N.J./Mt. St. Dominic Academy) and Wasserman.

Neggia added an individual win in the 200 backstroke in 2:14.23, as did Mason in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.24. Mason also had a second-place finish in the 200 individual medley.

The Royals had seven other second-place finishes, including the 200 medley relay "B" team, which was a little more than two seconds behind their teammates in the first event of the meet. Howlin was joined on that team by sophomores Riva Kelly (Bogota, N.J./Teaneck) and Jenna Harper (Easton, Pa./Easton Area), and junior Lucy Fulton (Wayne, Pa./Radnor).

Harper added second-place finishes in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events, Howlin was second in the 50 freestyle, and Wasserman hit the wall second in the 100 freestyle.

Junior Susannah Ilseman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) was also second in the 1000 freestyle, as was sophomore Grace Cieri (Collegeville, Pa./Spring-Ford) in the 200 freestyle.

The women's swimming & diving team will now break for finals and the holidays. The Royals will be back in action on Saturday, Jan. 13, when they travel to Elizabethtown, Pa. to take on Elizabethtown at 1 p.m.