Foley wins record PL title in 100-Free; Lehigh finishes fifth


ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Fifth-year senior Anne Foley ended his career on his own terms. She is the 2022 Patriot League champion in the 100-yard freestyle, swimming to a new school, the Patriot League, and hitting a record time of 49.05. She becomes the Mountain Hawks’ 23rd all-time individual Patriotic League champion, third in the 100 freestyle (and first since Payton Miles in 2018), winning both her 14th career medal and her second individual title, third in the overall standings as Lehigh finished the Patriot League. Championships in fifth at 258 points Saturday night.

In addition to his gold medal and several records broken in the event, Foley’s time was an NCAA B-Cut qualifying mark.

“Ann is at the top of all freestylers in the Patriot League 100,” the head coach said. Rob Grass. “It’s the ultimate accolade for an athlete. Ann and her strokes are an example of what someone can accomplish in the pool and in the classroom at Lehigh. Her hard work and dedication to this team has not been surpassed by anyone. She graced and filled the shoes of champions before her in Payton Miles and Kaitlyn Ruffing.”

Foley had a great day for the Mountain Hawks in the pool, also breaking the school freestyle record by 100 yards earlier in the day in the preliminary round at 49.79. She concludes her last Patriot League championships with two medals, a third place bronze in the 50 free yards and a first place gold in the 100 free yards.

To begin the last night of final events, the first years Nathalie Martin (17:05.94) and Maggie Mikalic (17:05.94) finished sixth and seventh respectively in 1,650 free yards with solid efforts to start their careers with the Patriots.

First year Willa Werwaiss competed in his first career individual A final, swimming to an eighth-place finish in the back 200 yards (2:01.87), while Sarah Manthorp finished seventh in his 100-yard freestyle B final.

Martin (2:02.21) and Stevens (2:03.35) finished second and fourth respectively in the B final of the 200-yard butterfly.

On the boards, first year Sarah Gill scored a 234.10 in the one-metre dive, finishing in 12th place. The final event of the night for the women was the 400 yard freestyle relay where Lehigh finished fifth at 3:23.64 with Christmas Fresa (51.49), Manthorp (51.41), Werwaiss (52.08) and Foley (48.66).

“We had a brilliant last day with our brightest star being Ann,” Herb said. “She’s been a big part of Lehigh’s swimming and diving over the years and led a strong group of female freshmen this week at Willa Werwaiss, Nathalie Martin and Maggie Mikalicwho had a great last day at home and moved the team up one place in the standings.

“I also want to shout out to the associate head coach Erin Matius, who had a lot to juggle with a big encounter this week. She moved this ship forward, truly amazing work from Coach Erin.”

The women finish the Patriot League Championships fifth for the first time since 2016, completing their first PLC encounter in two years.

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