ROUNDUP: Williamsport girls headed to states in 400 free relay

The Williamsport girls 400 freestyle relay team captured first place at the District 2/4 Class AAA championships on Monday to earn a spot in the state meet.

The team of Annie Rosenow, Elisa Dinicola, Lydia Smith and Isabelle Griswold topped their seed time by more than 12 seconds to take first place. They are the third Williamsport relay team to earn a spot in next week’s state meet, joining the boys 200 medley relay team and the girls 200 freestyle relay team as gold medal-winners. Rosenow, Dinicola, Smith and Griswold also were members of the 200 freestyle relay team.

The girls posted a time of 3:46.08 in the finals to best Delaware Valley (3:50.31) by more than four seconds to win their second championship of the meet.

Williamsport’s boys and girls teams both finished second in the team standings with the boys scoring 261 points and finishing second behind only Delaware Valley’s 275, and the girls scoring 239, also finishing behind Delaware Valley’s 321 points.

In the girls 100 free Monday, Griswold finished in second place in 54.87, nearly three seconds faster than her seed time. Dinicola was third in the 500 freestyle, posting a 5:48.11, more than 14 seconds under her seed time.

In the boys 100 free, the Millionaires’ Matthew Beard took third place, besting his seed time by more than a second with a 49.31.

The Williamsport boys took silver in the 400 freestyle relay as Joshua Bonislawski, Samuel Hillman, Quinn Serfass and Matthew Beard combined to post a time of 3:22.93, which was nearly 10 seconds under its seed time and just 1.06 seconds behind Scranton for first place.

• Kaitlyn Slagus registered her 24th career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Bucknell outscored Holy Cross by 13 points in the second half to defeat the Crusaders, 67-53, in a Patriot League quarterfinal. The second-seeded Bison will make their third consecutive appearance in the PL semifinals, where they will host sixth-seeded Navy on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Bucknell (22-8) won its 12th game in a row thanks to a strong second half. The Bison led 28-27 at the break and proceeded to outscore seventh-seeded Holy Cross, 39-26, over the final two quarters. Kyi English and Kate Walker posted 12 points apiece for the Bison, who won all three matchups with the Crusaders this season.

The Bison led for all but 35 seconds of the game, but they didn’t really pull away until late. The lead was just three, 46-43, before a 7-0 run pushed it to double-digits for the first time. The run included offensive and defensive highlights. Walker and Ellie Mack had layups on back-to-back possessions, the second of which followed a block by Slagus which forced a shot clock violation on Holy Cross. Catherine Romaine, a 6-3 forward who was recently named to the Patriot League All-Defensive Team, showed her versatility by capping the run with a corner 3-pointer.

“You have to tip your cap to Holy Cross. They were ready to play today, competed hard, and made things difficult for us,” Bucknell head coach Aaron Roussell said. “But in the end I really think our players were able to grind it out and will themselves to a win.”

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