February 06, 2009

Punyko, Bailey win three events apiece at home meet

Punyko captured the first Piper win of the evening, taking the 200 freestyle in 2:01.13.

Bailey immediately followed that up with a win in the 50 free, touching the wall in 26.60.

Punyko added the win in the 100 butterfly with a finish of 1:02.75, and in the 100 backstroke in 1:03.06.

Bailey also finished first in the 100 free in 56.51. She also dominated in the 100 yard breaststroke, winning by nearly five seconds with a time of 1:13.16.

Erin Weslander (Fy., St. Cloud, Minn.) finished second in the 200 individual medley in 2:28.02, and finished third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:19.19.

Casey Magnuson (Fy., Minneapolis, Minn.) and Kryslyn Kalkbrenner (Fy., Eden Prairie, Minn.) also posted top-three finishes. Magnuson was third in the 100 fly with a time of 1:15.89 and Kalkbrenner was third in the 100 backstroke in 1:10.40.

The Pipers also posted the fastest time in the 200 freestyle relay, although they were swimming as an exhibition team and couldn't count their score in the standings. Punyko, Bailey, Kalkbrenner and Erinn Moriarty (Jr., Cottage Grove, Minn.) finished in 1:47.66.

The MIAC Championship meet will be held at the University of Minnesota from Thursday, February 19 - Saturday, February 21.