SummaCare Invitational Opens Up at Akron

AKRON, Ohio, December 1. DAY one of the 2006 SummaCare Invitational came to end with the University of Akron swimming and diving team resting in first place with 400 points.

Trailing OU, going into the final event of the night Kendall Karchner (Maumme,Ohio/Maumme HS), Melissa Young (North Canton, Ohio/North Canton Hoover HS), Danielle Beland (Ottawa,Ontatio/St. Peters HS) and Cathryn Collins (Hilton Head, S.C/Hilton Head HS) clocked in a season-best time of 3:54.54 in the 400 yard medley relay to lift the Zips into first place heading into tomorrow.

Collins posted a team-best time of 5:03.75 in the 500 yard free to win the B-Finals for Akron. That collegiate best time for Collins was the second-best mark in the entire 24-swimmer field.

Fellow freshmen Kylie Bombrys (Toldeo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy) and Katelyn Lofland (Boise, Idaho/Home Schooled) also tallied season-best times in the 500 free to finish in fifth and eighth respectively. Bombrys surpassed her previous best by over seven seconds, clocking in at 5:08.14. Lofland exceeded her old mark by over five seconds, tapping in at 5:08.66.

The tandem of Ali Allwes (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls), Stephanie Zielinski (Philadelphia, Pa./Archbishop Ryan HS), Rachel Ripley (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove HS) and (Cathryn) Collins recorded a team-best mark of 1:38.43 in the 200 free relay, finishing in seventh overall.

Zielinksi bested her preliminary time in the 50 free by one-tenth of second as she tapped the wall in 24.30 to earn a fifth-place finish.

Katie Carter (Euclid, Ohio/Euclid HS) finished in second place in the 1-meter diving event with 250.65 points.

Trailing the Zips is Ohio (363), UC Davis (348.5), Illinois State (344.5), Clarion (317), Duquesne (305), Buffalo (304.5), Xavier (178.5), Shippensburg (134) and Bloomsburg (122).

On the men's side Eric Bugby, Ed Wicker, Mike Ley and Darwin Scott of Duquesne University teamed-up to clock in a new meet and pool record with time of 1:36.54 in the 200 free relay.

Chris Kobela of Duquesne also entered the record books with a new meet and pool record in the 500 yard free with mark of 4:35.27.

Michael McDowell of Buffalo also set a new meet and pool record in men's 3-meter diving as he recorded a six-dive total of 332.40.

Clarion leads the men's group with 395.5 points, followed by Ohio (395), Buffalo (379.5), Xavier (352), Duquesne (334), Shippensburg (285), St. Bonaventure (246), and Bloomsburg (115).