March 21, 2007

Bloomsburg Swimmers Wrap-Up Successful Trip to Nationals


2007 NCAA Qualifiers
(L-R) Dean, Smith, Gribbin, Reed

BLOOMSBURG- Four Bloomsburg University women's swimmers recently completed a successful trip to the NCAA Division II Championships held in Buffalo, NY from March 14 - 17. Overall, the team placed 15th at the event with a total of 76 points.

The Huskies were represented by Dianna Smith (West Grove/Avon Grove), Allie Reed (Selinsgrove/Selinsgrove), Courtney Dean (Lancaster/Hempfield), and Jackie Gribbin (Richboro/Council Rock North) who earned All-American honors in two events. In addition, Smith had a strong showing in individual events for Bloomsburg earning honorable mention All-American status.

The relay team garnered All-American accolades in the 800- and 400-free relays and also improved on their seeded position in each race. In the 800-free relay, the team was seeded 12th and finished 8th in a time of 7:46.55 while in the 400-free they were seeded 9th and swam a 3:33.19 to finish in 8th place. The team also set a new school record in the 200-free relay, swimming a 1:37.81 to finish 9th in an event where they were seeded 18th.

Head Coach Dave Rider likens the team's success to great all-around swims from each athlete. "Allie Reed led off the relays with truly excellent swims and the swims by Courtney Dean and Jackie Gribbin were likewise outstanding."

Individually, Smith earned honorable mention All-American nods in two events. She took ninth place in the 200-freestyle in a time of 1:53.12 and placed 12th in 52.30 in the 100-free breaking her own school record in the process. "Dianna placed well and improved her 50- and 100-free times which were both team records," noted Rider. "Her 200-free time was only 16/100ths slower than her lifetime best which is a really fine swim."

Overall, Bloomsburg's 15th place finish in the team competition was quite an accomplishment for having just four swimmers in the event. "I thought that going into the meet that we might score 50 points and finish in the top 20 teams," added Rider. "To score 76 points and finish 15th was wonderful to see and it speaks to the swimmers' efforts in their swims in every event."