FLUSHING, N.Y. (Nov. 15, 2018) - Danielle Clarke and Lily Wilk both won individual events and comprised parts of a winning relay as the Queens College women's swimming and diving team overpowered the competition on Wednesday (Nov. 14) in defeating both The College of New Rochelle and Brooklyn College at the Wellness Center in New Rochelle, N.Y.
The Knights earned a 99-76 victory over the host Blue Angels and swam away with a 111-62 triumph over Brooklyn at the meet, improving the team's record on the season to 3-1 in duals.
Wilk led off the first leg of the first event, the 200-yard medley relay, for the Queens 'B' team and paced her group of Clarke, Marina Gerard and Taylor Persaud to a victory in a time of 2:02.22 which bested second-place Brooklyn by eighteen seconds. Clarke and Gerard then went 1-2 in the 1000-yard freestyle race, with the sophomore finshing in first place in a time of 14:56.75 to beat Gerard's time of 15:03.54. In the 200-yard freestyle, Wilk posted a winning time of 2:25.52 with Kelly Coronado placing second (2:27.12) as the Knights continued to rack up the points.
Iris Leung was victorious in the 100-yard butterfly, touching the wall in a time of 1:20.25 with Clarke close behind in second place (1:22.40). Gabriela Almeida scorched the pool in her 100-yard freestyle victory, cruising to first in a time of 58.17 seconds with Leung (1:10.96) finishing in third place to cap off the Knights' victories.
Jennifer Arana-Perez and Megan Dawes finished second and third, respectively, in the 50-yard freestyle; Arana's time of 27.38s was just faster than Dawes (27.52s) but both swimmers earned points for the Knights. Chelsy Espinosa posted a second-place time of 2:40.70 in the 200-yard individual medley with Amanda Giordano close behind in third place (2:46.25). Coronado's second-place time of 1:16.09 and Wilk's third-place showing (1:18.28) in the 100-yard backstroke brought the Knights closer to the victories while Gerard (7:34.09) and Persaud (8:15.50) helped QC close out the matches with a second-place and fourth-place finish in the 500-free. With both meets already won, Queens exerted closing dominance in the pool despite not obtaining points in the final two events; Espinosa (1:18.81) and Giordano (1:26.37) clocked the fastest times in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-free relay 'A' squad of Almeida, Giordano, Arana and Dawes finished first in a time of 1:51.74.
The Knights return to the pool on Monday (Nov. 19) for their final home meet of the season, a dual meet with Hunter College at 6 p.m.