Women's swimming climbs to fourth at Diamond City Invitational

Danielle Pong (photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)
Danielle Pong (photo by Craig Chase, craigchasephotography.com)

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Led by three swimmers in the top 10 of the 200-yard backstroke, the Hood College women's swim team climbed to fourth place on the last day of the Diamond City Invitational. 

How it Happened

  • Melissa Jacobs had the Blazers' best finish of the weekend with a time of 2:18.95 to take third in the 200 back. Molly Cronin was ninth in 2:22.16, outreaching Ann Coleman for the wall by just 0.12 seconds. Coleman was 10th. 
  • Ashley Coppage claimed sixth in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:28.13.
  • Four swimmers placed in the top 15 of the 200-yard breaststroke, paced by Kate Sanborn's sixth-place time of 2:40.18. Victoria Plaudis was eighth in 2:41.80. Danielle Pong's 2:43.47 was 10th and Grace Winpigler took 15th in 2:51.42.
  • Hood's 400-yard freestyle relay of Sanborn, Plaudis, Cronin and Pong swam a time of 4:03.11 for eighth place.
  • In the final event of the meet, Mandy Smith completed the 1,650-yard freestyle in 20:51.18, good for 10th.


  • Hood scored 648 points to finish fourth, 12 points in front of Wilkes and 15 better than Marywood in a tight field in the middle of the pack. 
  • The fourth-place finish was the Blazers' best since 2014.
  • Scranton's 1463.5 points won the meet, 120 more than second-place King's. 
  • King's was the only Middle Atlantic Conference school ahead of the Blazers in the team standings. Hood finished ahead of Wilkes, Albright, Lycoming and Stevenson in the scoring among conference foes. 

Up Next

Hood returns to dual meet action at McDaniel on December 7.