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Swim teams close out A-10 season

La Salleís menís and womenís swimming and diving teams finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the Atlantic 10 Championships this weekend.

The menís team was kept in competition by strong finishes by freshmen Chris Tiano and senior John Welsh. Tiano finished third in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:05.58, just two seconds after the first place finisher. Junior David Ellerson came in ninth at 2:07.18.

Welsh placed fifth in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 46.06, a hair behind the winning time of 45.27. Also scoring for the Explorers in the 100-meter free was sophomore Owen Black with a time of 46.58, good for seventh.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team featuring Welsh, Black, Ellerson and junior Chris Cefalo finished fourth with a time of 3:05.81, a little more than two seconds off the winning pace.

Senior Grant Chin finished his career at La Salle with a 12th place finish in the 1650-yard freestyle.

For the women, sophomore Shannon Duval led the way with a third-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:19.56.

Freshman Holly Biro finished the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 52.90, just two seconds behind first place, but far enough back to come in eighth.

The team of Duval, Biro, junior Carleen Caldwell and freshmen Aubrey Cefalo placed seventh in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:32.29, a full six seconds behind the champion.

Dana and Megan Reis also scored for the Explorers, finishing 15th and 16th, respectively, in the 1650-yard freestyle.

In the womenís 3-meter diving event, junior Tanya Lindenmuth took eighth with a score of 342.75.

The championships wrap up the year for the Explorersí swimming and diving teams. The teams showed a lot of potential and promise at the A-10s, with youngsters such as Tiano and Black on the menís team and Duval, Biro and Cefalo on the womenís team contributing.

The future is bright for the swimming and diving teams, and the student-athletes will continue to improve in the offseason and make another run at the A-10 crown next winter.

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