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Belles finish fourth in TYR Invite

Joe Meixell | Monday, December 8, 2008

Saint Mary’s ended up with a fourth place finish in this weekend’s TYR Invitational hosted by Carthage College in Kenosah, WI.

The meet was won by a favorite in Division II – No. 3 St. Cloud State University. The Belles also finished behind Carthage and Hillsdale.

The Belles did have several strong individual performances on the weekend.

Freshman Audrey Dairymple pulled off a solid finish in the 200-yard breaststroke finals with her season best time of 2:28.76 seconds. The time was just .23 seconds away from the Saint Mary’s all-time record. Dairymple was also within one second of breaking another school record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:09.45 seconds.

Freshman Eva Cavadini pitched in with a pair of top 10 results, finishing in fifth place in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:21.02 and a ninth place finish in the 100 butterfly in 1:07.42 seconds.

Sophomore Maggie Williams finished sixth in the 200 backstroke with a 2:16.95 time, as well as a seventh-place finish in the 100 backstroke in 1:04.65 seconds.

In the long distance races, senior Melissa Gerbeth had two eighth place finishes – in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:26.30 seconds and in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 19:08.31 seconds.

The Belles will next head on their winter training trip from Jan. 2 to 9.