Walega wins twice in opener

Rachel Walega  2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Rachel Walega 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

EMMITSBURG, Md. – Rachel Walega (Ambler, Pa./Wissahickon) won twice to lead McDaniel to a split at Mount St. Mary's in a double-dual with Manhattan in season-opening non-conference women's swimming action on Saturday.

The Green Terror (1-1) opened the schedule against a pair of Division I teams, defeating the Jaspars (3-4) 134-59 but falling to the host Mountaineers (4-2) by a 113-77 margin.

Walega teamed with Kerrie Vanscoy (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora), Brittney Lenz (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) and Emma Duesterhaus (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg Day) for a victory in the meet-opening 200 medley relay, combining for a time of 2:07.20.

Walega later notched an individual victory, touching first in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:53.01, edging The Mount's Anne Thelan, who was swimming the event as exhibition, by 0.34 seconds. Walega led a trio of Green Terror swimmers, who went 1-2-3 in the event.

Abbie Schickler (Montgomery Village, Md./Covenant Life) was second (3:00.37) while freshman Lexie Jacobs (Forest Hill, Md./North Harford) was third (3:01.91).

Jessica Fry (St. Mary's, Md./Camden County) led the way in the distance events, finishing second in the 800-meter freestyle (9:54.52), 200-meter freestyle (2:18.51) and 400-meter freestyle (4:51.53).

Shickler added a second runner-up finish, touching second in the 200 IM (2:39.82). Jacobs and Vanscoy were third (2:41.97) and Vanscoy (2:42.20) in the event.

Duesterhaus added a second-place finish in the 100 with a time of 1:03.52 while Vanscoy touched second in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:33.98.

The Green Terror returns to action in the home and Centennial Conference opener against Swarthmore on Saturday. Meet time is 2 p.m.

McDaniel 134, Manhattan 59
Mount St. Mary's 113, McDaniel 77

Event Winners: 200 Medley Relay – McDaniel A (Kerrie Vanscoy, Rachel Walega, Brittney Lenz, Emma Duesterhaus) 2:07.20; 800 Freestyle – Erin Regan (MSM) 9:54.52; 200 Freestyle – Patricia Yam (MSM) 2:15.55; 50 Freestyle – Courtney Griffith (MSM) 27.90; 200 IM – Catriona Coppler (MSM) 2:32.28; 200 Butterfly – Erin Regan (MSM) 2:30.00; 100 Freestyle – Anne Thelan (MSM) 1:02.02; 200 Backstroke – Coppler (MSM) 2:32.47; 400 Freestyle – Yam (MSM) 4:47.42; 200 Breaststroke – Walega (MCD) 2:53.01; 800 Freestyle Relay – Mount St. Mary's A (Yam, Murphy Alafoginis, Amanda Malmstrom, Regan) 9:20.89.