Harbarger, Relay Teams Start Penguins Off Well at League Meet

Chicago, Ill. -- The Youngstown State swimming and diving team opened up action at the 2010 Horizon League Championships on Wednesday. The Penguins are in sixth place after the first day of competition with 52 points. Milwaukee scored 111 on day one to take the early team lead.


In the only individual event held during the day, the Penguins' top finisher was freshman Rachel Harbarger who was 17th in the 1,000-yard freestyle with a career-best time of 10:47.84. Harbarger is just the fourth swimmer in school history to swim the distance under 10:50. Other finishers for the Guins in the event were senior Hilary Barrett who was 18th with a career-best time of 10:51.26, freshman Katie Bechtel who was 23rd with a career-best time of 11:09.20 and Katie Wolf who finished 27th with a time of 11:14.85.


In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Nishani Cicilson, Kirstin Walker, Alana Kane and Audy Grubbs placed sixth with a time of 1:38.06. The time ranks as the third-fastest in school history. In the 200-yard medley relay, the group of Amanda Ritzenthaler, Sam Roberts, Cicilson and Kane also placed sixth. Their time of 1:49.56 also ranks as the third fastest in school history. In the 200 free, Cicilson opened the relay with a career-best 24.07 second split time.


Wright State and Green Bay took first-place finishes in the relay events while Milwaukee's Danielle Wegner won the 1,000 free.


Competition on Thursday begins at 11:30 a.m. with three swimming events -- 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free. At 3 p.m. the preliminary round of the women's three-meter dive will be take place.