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Ten First Place Finishes Lead Women’s Swimming Over Ashland in Home Victory

November 12th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

Frostburg State Women's Swimming team remain undefeated, taking their second home meet of the year by a final score of 163-96 over Ashland on Saturday afternoon.

Frostburg earned 10 first place finishes on the day, starting with the team of sophomore Gabriela Betancourt, juniors Natasha Paciello and Kendall Hooper, and senior Liz Perry taking first in the 400 meter medley relay with a 4:42.32 time. Junior Lydia Nebiolo tallied the first individual first place finish on the day, swimming a 9:47.76 in the 800 meter freestyle, followed by another first place finish in the 100 meter backstroke with a 1:09.94 time. Juniors Amanda Soustek and Tiernan Taggart finished second and third in the 800 meter freestyle, respectively, with times of 10:07.10 and 10:15.84, as Nebiolo swam a 1:09.94 in the 100 meter backstroke for a first place finish.

Paciello continued the success in the individual events, swimming a 1:20.18 in the 100 meter breaststroke for first place, with senior Maree Dieterich earning third with a 1:24.78 swim. Hooper knotted her own victory with a 2:33.13 time in the 200 meter butterfly, then went on to earn a second place finish in the 100 freestyle (1:02.17), with Perry (1:04.08) and junior Amaya Burke (1:06.01) right behind her in third and fourth, respectively.

Nebiolo went on to swim for another first place finish for the Bobcats, clocking a 2:31.36 time in the 200 meter backstroke, as freshman Jayme Meadows swam a 2:31.92 for second place. Paciello continued the success in the 200 meter breaststroke for a first place finish and a 2:54.15 time, as Soustek (4:54.43), freshman Rachel Rickabaugh (4:56.04), and Taggart (5:02.42) took the top three spots in the 400 meter freestyle. Meadows (2:18.24) and Betancourt (2:19.81) took second and third place in the 200 meter freestyle, respecitvely, with the latter (2:39.00) also placing second in the 200 IM.

Hooper knotted the last first place finish in individual events for FSU with a 1:08.37 time in the 100 meter butterfly. The team of Burke, Meadows, Nebiolo, and freshman Gabriella Douglas took home the final first place finish of the day for Frostburg with a 4:10.02 time in the 400 freestyle relay.

With the win, Frostburg goes to 6-0 on the year, while Ashland drops to 1-4. The Bobcats will next compete in the Franklin and Marshall Invite from Friday, November 17 to Sunday, November 19 in Lancaster, Pa. For more information and updates, please visit