By John Manley
Kenyon College’s Erica Carroll was a double winner at the North Coast Athletic Conference Swimming Championships, in which her team won the women’s crown. The Flushing, N.Y., senior was victorious in both the 100 and 200 backstroke. She won the shorter event in 58.32 seconds. Her time of 2:03.46 in the 200 broke her own conference record of 2:04.86, set last year. The second finisher in the 200 was more than three seconds off Carroll’s pace.
Carroll also swam to a third-place finish in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.90. Denison’s Mollie Parrish won this race in 57.63. Carroll also led off Kenyon’s 200 medley relay effort, in which they were second to Denison.
Carroll’s father hails from Milford, Co. Cork, while her mother is a native of Charlestown, Co. Mayo.
Track and Field
Providence College’s Keith Kelly was named Outstanding Track Performer at the Big East Indoor Championships in Syracuse, N.Y. The Drogheda senior won the 3,000 meters race in 8:04.71, which qualifies him for the NCAA Indoor Championship. Kelly, last fall’s NCAA Cross Country Champion, also anchored the Friars’ winning effort in the Distance Medley Relay, which they captured in 9:55.55. Senior Larry Morrissey of Waterford contributed to that relay victory. Morrissey also finished 10th in the Mile, with a time of 4:18.54.
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Also pounding the boards for Providence were Dermot Galvin and Ciaran Lynch, sixth and 11th, respectively, in the 5,000 meters. Galvin, a junior from Kilrush, Co. Clare, ran his race in 14:43.09, while Lynch, a senior from Limerick, finished in 14:58.50. The Friars, who rely entirely on distance runners for their points, came in 11th in the 14-team field.
On the women’s side, Providence sophomore Roisin McGettigan finished seventh in the 1,000 meters. Her time was 3:00.87. The Wicklow woman also anchored the Friars’ third-place effort in the 4×800 relay. The time there was 9:03.83. Emer O’Shea, a Limerick sophomore, led off in that race, as she did in the Distance Medley Relay, which saw Providence come in fifth, in 11:49.91. Providence finished 13th in the team scramble.
Gary Dredge was sent to the free throw line 12 times in Azusa Pacific’s 84-52 rout of Fresno Pacific, and he converted nine lofts to go with 1-for-3 shooting from the floor. He finished with 11 points. The 6-foot-9 junior from Clondalkin, Co. Dublin also had six rebounds as Azusa ran its season mark to 27-2 overall and 14-1 in the Golden State Athletic Conference.
Peder Madsen scored 10 points in Teikyo Post’s 90-71 loss to Felician College. Madsen, a junior from Dublin, scored nine of his points from the floor, three on a bomb from St. Stephen’s Green. Teikyo dropped to 14-9 with the loss.
Siobhan Kilkenny came off the bench to score 11 points in Manhattan’s 62-51 victory over Marist. The sophomore from Castlebar, Co. Mayo hit on 3-of-9 from the floor, including 1-of-4 from long distance. She made all four free throws afforded her. Kilkenny also had two rebounds and two assists as the Lady Jaspers improved to 14-11 overall and 8-8 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Michelle Fahy was part of a well balanced scoring attack that saw five Iona players score in double figures in a 69-56 victory over Rider. Fahy, a freshman from Galway, had a double double, scoring 11 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the floor and 3-for-4 from the foul line, while collecting 13 caroms and handing out six assists. Iona improved to 7-17 overall and 4-11 in the MAAC.
Susan Moran also recorded a double double, although St. Joseph’s of Philadelphia lost to Xavier of Cincinnati, 63-50. Moran, with 24 points, accounted for almost half her side’s point total. She clicked on 9 of 15 from the field and 6-of-8 from the line. She also brought down 11 boards. Moran is a junior from Tullamore, Co. Offaly. St. Joe’s dropped to 13-12 overall and 7-7 in the Atlantic 10.
Kate Maher chipped in eight points but it wasn’t enough to forestall Mt. St. Mary’s, which defeated Sacred Heart, 66-62. Maher, a freshman from Kilmaquague, shot 2-for-7 from the field and 4-for-5 from the line. She had four rebounds. Sacred Heart is 12-12 overall and 9-6 in the Northeast Conference.
Kent State’s Martina Gillen finished in a 12th-place tie in the Lady Aztec Spring Invitational at the Barona Golf Course in Lakeside, Calif. Gillen, a freshman from Dublin, shot seven-over-par 79 in the rain-shortened event. Brigham Young’s Carrie Summerhays carried the day with a 71. Kent placed third in the team standings, six strokes behind co-winners BYU and Michigan.