Mance Sets School Record at Northeast District Championships
by David Hildebrand
(Rochester, NY) After three days of competition at Monroe Community College and the snow falling nonstop, the Tigers posted season-best times in every event they contested, including setting one new school record.
Freshman Emily Mance opened the meet for FIT with a second place swim in the 500 free. She posted a 5:34.05 in the finals, lowering her prelim time by 14 seconds and catapulting her to second all-time at the college. Two events later, Katie vanBeek clocked a 27.98 in the 50 free, finishing fourth overall in the event and lifting her to fourth all-time at FIT.
Dropping 16 seconds from her time in prelims, Mance uncorked a 5:12.65 in the finals of the 400 IM on the second day of racing. She earned her second silver of the meet and notched another all-time second place ranking at FIT. VanBeek dropped significant time from prelims to finals as well in her event, the 100 breast. She recorded a 1:24.56 for bronze in a race that was even at the 75. She now sits third all-time in the schoolís record books.
On the final day of competition the 1650 free was held between prelims and finals sessions, with distance ace Mance orchestrating a gutsy swim against her Monroe rival. With three hundred yards to go she fell slightly off the leaderís pace but finished with her third silver of the meet and first school record, posting a time of 18:53.09. Freshman teammate vanBeek completed her meet with the 100 free and a fifth place finish. Her time of 1:03.36 lifted her to sixth all-time at FIT.
The Tigers return to competition March 6-8 in Fort Pierce, FL at the National Championships.