Le & Mancini Help Bentley Women Best Babson, 134-95

Amanda Le
Amanda Le

WELLESLEY, Mass. – Senior Amanda Le (Chelmsford/Chelmsford HS) and sophomore All-America Nicola Mancini (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth HS) continued their string of winning performances to lead the Bentley University Falcons to a 134-95 win over Babson College in women's college swimming Wednesday night at the Babson pool.

Bentley captured 11 of 13 events, including both relays, to push its record to 8-2 on the season with one dual meet left, at Bridgewater State Tuesday evening.

Le was the first to touch in both the 200 yard individual medley (2:17.34) and the 100 butterfly (1:01.86), with the latter a season-best time. She also led off the 200 free relay team, with junior Danielle Hellstern (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug HS), freshman Kaitlin McGahie (Boylston/Tahanto Reg. HS) and junior Nadine Edwards (Danbury, Conn./Danbury HS) following her into the pool.

Mancini, undefeated since the start of the season, posted winning scores of 284.94 in the one-meter diving and 280.30 in the three-meter.

In addition to Le's effort in the 100 fly, Bentley received team season-best performances in three other events. Sophomore Kelly Culkin (Avon, Conn./Avon HS) turned in a 2:03.82 in the 200 free, McGahie posted a 55.26 in the 100 free and Edwards swam the 500 free in 5:28.78. All were meet-winning times as well.

Bentley's list of winners also included senior Heather Exley (Oceanside, Calif./Vista HS), in the 100 breaststroke (1:11.30), and Amelia Suda (Monroe, Conn./Masuk HS), in the 1000 free (11:35.84). The Falcons opened the meet with Exley and sophomores Meg Pernsteiner (Highland Heights, Ohio/ Hawken School), Melissa Clauss (Oakland, N.J./Bergen County Academies) and Lindsey Goodwin (Staten Island, N.Y./Notre Dame Academy) taking the 200 medley relay in 1:57.25.