By John Manley
Gina Galligan swam to victory in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the Texas Christian Speedo Invitational, thereby contributing vital points that enabled North Carolina State to outscore the host school, 268-259. The field was fleshed out with Northeast Louisiana and North Texas State, which scored 176 and 150 points, respectively.
Galligan, a senior from Dublin, swam the distance in 1 minute, 7.7 seconds. She also swam the second leg of the Wolfpack’s victory in the 400-meter medley relay, for which they were clocked in 3:59.16. The Wolfpack’s effort in the 200-meter medley, with Galligan second into the pool, yielded a second-place finish. The time was 1:49.83. Galligan’s other individual effort, the women’s 200-meter breaststroke, saw her finish fifth in 2:30.77.
St. Joseph’s of Philadelphia kept the momentum going after its defeat of 25th-ranked George Washington. St. Joe’s, which starts freshman Susan Moran in the frontcourt, toyed with both LaSalle, 52-37, and St. Bonaventure, 59-39, last week. The LaSalle victory earned the Hawks the Big 5 championship, emblematic of the top school in the City of Brotherly Love. Moran was the Hawks’ leading scorer in that game, totaling 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the floor and 4-for-5 from the foul line. She played only 22 minutes, having to contend with fouls that saw her whistled out of the game with three minutes left on the clock.
Moran also played 22 minutes in the St. Bonnies blowout, but her services were of less need to the St. Joe’s cause. She finished with 6 points, making 2 of 4 attempts from both the floor and the foul line. She also received credit for 3 steals and 3 rebounds. St. Joe’s is 9-5 overall and 3-0 in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Moran hails from Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
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Rider’s Ken Lacey rose to the occasion when center Kevin McPeek went to the sidelines with a concussion. The 6-foot-9 Irish national team player from Stroudsburg, Pa., scored 23 points and got his mitts on 11 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as Iona outlasted the Broncs, 82-77, in overtime. Rider fell to 5-6 overall and 2-2 in the Metro Atlantic Conference.