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Feb. 17 - GROVE CITY, Pa. – The women’s 200 Free Relay set a new school record to highlight the first day of the 2011 PAC Championships/Grove City Invitational Thursday for the Bethany College swimming and diving teams.

Heading into the second day, the Bison men are in seventh place overall at the 10-team Invitational with 57 points and the women are in 10th overall with 26 points.

The opening event of the meet saw the Bison set the new record. The team of sophomore Theresa Smith (Oakdale, Pa./Chartiers Valley), junior Jennifer Briskey (Dublin, Ohio/Davidson), senior Cynthia Richardson (Moody, Ala./Moon Area-Pa.) and sophomore Melissa Davis (Lancaster, Ohio) finished sixth in the 200 Free Relay preliminaries with a time of 1:47.52. That time clipped .02 off the previous record which was set earlier this season.

In the finals, the relay team placed eighth overall with by touching in 1:47.78.

Also scoring for the women’s team was junior Sara Reass (Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North), who qualified for the consolation final in the 500 Free by finishing 14th in the prelims. In the final, she moved up one spot to take fifth in the consolations and 13th overall with a time of 5:33.57.

For the men, Bethany’s main scoring came in diving. In the one-meter event, a trio of Bison placed, led by sophomore Vinnie Giangiulio (King of Prussia, Pa./Upper Merion), who scored 276.70 for fifth place. Right behind him in sixth place with 223.05 points in the finals was freshman Jonathan Gray (Strongsville, Ohio) and in seventh place overall was freshman Zak Cofini (Pittsburgh, Pa./Keystone Oaks).

While Bethany’s women scored in the first relay of the meet, BC’s men placed in the final relay of the opening day. Junior Jared Patrick (McMechen, W.Va./John Marshall), freshman Sam Breitenstein (Mohnton, Pa./Gov. Mifflin), senior Richard Sawyer (New York, N.Y./Central Park East) and Giangiulio earned ninth place overall in the 400 Medley Relay by finishing with a time of 4:06.74.