MEET NOTES: Vermont Catamounts set for pair of meets this weekend

The following is a press release courtesy of Vermont Swimming & Diving:

BURLINGTON, Vt, – The Vermont swimming and diving team hosts Central Connecticut State and Merrimack in a double dual meet this Saturday (Nov. 15) at Forbush Natatorium at 2 p.m. The meet will be streamed live for free in HD via The following day (Nov. 16), Vermont travels to Bryant for a dual meet with the Bulldogs at 12 p.m.

UVM is proud to host its Rally Against Cancer Meet, presented by Otter Creek Awnings and Vermont Custom Closets. The UVM swimming and diving team will be wearing pink caps and t-shirts to help raise awareness for breast cancer research, and all proceeds from the Rally Against Cancer initiative benefit the Vermont Cancer Center. Stop by the tables outside of Forbush Natatorium on Saturday for more info or to make a donation.

The Catamounts have won four straight to improve to 4-1 overall on the year. This past Saturday, UVM defeated America East foe Maine (172-128) and Boston College (206-94) to come away with a pair of victories in Orono. Rookie Shannon Cowley set a new UVM freshmen record in the 200 breast with a time of 2:24.08, and also raced to a first-place finish in the 200 IM in 2:12.24. Maggie Preston swept the diving competition with the top scores in the 1-meter and 3-meter events, and junior Christa Weaver posted a pair of victories in the 50 (23.85) and 100 (52.79) freestyles to help pace the Catamounts.

Weaver leads the team with seven individual victories on the year, and has captured first place in both the 50 and 100 freestyles in each meet that she’s competed in those events. Weaver has also been a part of eight relay-winning squads in the team’s first four meets.

Preston has proved to be the Catamounts’ top diver this season, as the junior has swept both diving events in each of the last three meets. Preston posted her top scores of the season in the 1-meter (245.50) and 3-meter (250.35) events last time out vs. Maine and Boston College.

Preston was named the America East Diver of the Week on Tuesday for the second consecutive week after helping lead the Catamounts to victory in Orono. The West Hartford, Connecticut native registered her top scores of the season en route to sweeping the diving competition for the third straight meet. Preston’s posted seven first-place scores on the year, and has taken home two of the four conference diver of the week honors this season.

Cowley set a new UVM freshmen record in the 200 breast last time out. The rookie’s time of 2:24.08 in the event edged the previous record of 2:24.13, which was set by Eva Wimberley back in 2011.

The Blue Devils own a 2-1 record in dual meets, collecting victories over LIU Post (141-121) and Bryant (172-90) on the year. Their only loss came at the hands of America East opponent New Hampshire (168-124). Last time out, Central Connecticut won 12 of 14 events to cruise past Bryant in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Five different Blue Devils won multiple events at the meet.

Christine Rasile paced CCSU against Bryant, registering first-place finishes in both the 100 (53.81) and 200 (1:56.24) freestyle events. Rasile also helped guide her relay squads to victory in the 200 medley and 400 free relays. Sabree Thomas, Maddy Garber and Selene Chilton also picked up two wins apiece to help lead the Blue Devils to victory.

The Warriors, in their second year as a varsity squad, have competed in one meet to this point in the season, which came on November 1 against Southern Connecticut State and The College of New Jersey.

Caroline Rogers was Merrimack’s top performer at the meet, posting a sixth-place finish in the 100 back (1:19.78). Julia Collins followed Rogers in the 100 back with a seventh-place performance (1:19.97). Carly Anne Forrester helped pace the Warriors, earning seventh place in both the 200 free (2:20.35) and 200 breast (3:07.01).

The Bulldogs sit at 2-3 in dual meets on the season, with victories over Providence (174-106) and Iona (199-93). Last time out, Bryant fell to Central Connecticut by a score of 172-90 to snap its two-meet winning streak.

Dana Yu and Valeria Watson paced the Bulldogs against Central Connecticut, registering the only Bulldog wins of the afternoon. Yu won the 50 free (25.00) and finished second in the 100 fly (59.79), while Watson took first place in the 200 back (2:06.88) and came in third in the 1000 free (10:52.33).

The Catamounts travel to Pennsylvania for the Bucknell Invitational spanning November 21-23. Check after the each day of competition for a complete recap and results.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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