Friday evening, the Lady Hawks hosted the Robert Morris
Eagles, in what will hopefully be the first of many breast cancer awareness
meets for the two teams. The teams worked together to fundraise for the Breast
Cancer Research Foundation, and have so far raised a few hundred dollars. A
final count will be made this week, after fundraising is complete.
Fundraising activities included a 50/50 raffle, in which the
biology departments Dr. Benjamin Stark won 50% of the ticket sales (the other
50% goes to the Foundation). The team also accepted challenges from faculty,
staff and alumni, which resulted in a full roster of events (including boys
swimming in skirts and one of the girl's team swimmers competing in a full
baseball uniform). The teams would like to thank the alumni, staff, and
especially physics professor, Dr. Larry Scott, for coming down and swimming
against the men's team swimmers, and making the meet more interesting. Also,
everyone who donated by buying raffle tickets, bake sale items, or simply donating,
your support is greatly appreciated.
In addition to all the fun going on, the women's team had a
lot of good swims. The 200 medley relay of sophomores Morgan Curran and Julia
Duarte, and freshman Victoria Masney and Nicole Valio took 1st. In
the 200 freestyle, sophomores Melanie Koto and Andrea Zuniga took 1st
and 2nd, and Masney and Valio also went 1-2 in the 50 freestyle.
Curran also took 1st in the 200 individual medley, and in the 100
yard butterfly, Masney took 2st, and sophomore Lauren Fast took 3rd.
In the 100 freestyle, Koto took 1st, and Duarte and Valio took 3rd
and 4th, Zuniga placed 1st in the 500 freestyle, Duarte came back to take 2nd in the
100 breaststroke, and then in the last event of the meet, the 200 freestyle
relay team Koto, Zuniga, Fast and Curran took 1st. The final score
of the meet was 92-53 in favor of the Hawks.