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Women's Swimming Drops Meet at Duquesne

Courtesy: Canisius College Athletics
Release: 11/18/2011
Sophomore Anna Schena
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The Canisius women's swimming team returned to dual action, dropping a 136-69 decision to host Duquesne on Friday evening at the Towers Pool. Freshman Marissa Oakey led the Canisius women, capturing first-place finishes in both the 500 and 1000 freestyle. The dual meet did not involve diving events due to Duquesne not sponsoring a diving program.

For the second straight dual, Oakey finished first in both the 500 and 1000 freestyle races. Her most impressive win of the day, came in the 1000 freestyle, as the freshman finished nearly 30 seconds ahead of any other competitor in the race with a time of 10:34.12. Oakey also placed first in the 500 freestyle in 5:09.42.

In the 200 backstroke, Canisius finished second and third, as sophomore Leah Villari (2:16.58) and sophomore Maggie DeMarco (2:17.88).

Sophomore Kelli Graber posted a second-place finish of 55.45 in a close 100 freestyle race, as the Dukes' Bret Luke finished just ahead of the sophomore with a time of 55.13. Graber also finished second in the 50 freestyle in 25.32.

In addition, sophomore Anna Schena recorded third-place finishes in both the 200 IM (2:15.17) and 200 fly (2:13.39).

"Ladies battled hard and showed tremendous improvement in our race work," said head coach Scott Vanderzell. Freshman Erika Tozser had a great meet posting season best in both relay swims."

The men's and women's squads will return to the pool together when they travel to Cleveland State to face the host Vikings and John Carroll on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. 

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