2020 URI Invitational
Courtesy: Rhode Island Athletics
How It Happened
Rhode Island won all but one event in which it had participants as the Rams dominated a non-team scoring meet against Fairfield and Coast Guard Friday night.
The Rams won 14 of the 15 events in which it had competitors. Seniors Caitlin Guccione and Katy Evans and freshmen Aimee Garcia and Julia Renna all won two events for the Rams. Also winning events for the Rams were seniors Sabrina Anderson and Mackenna Dunn, junior Brooke Kelley and sophomore Grace Kennedy.
Standouts in the Pool
- Senior Caitlin Guccione won both Butterfly races, taking the 200-yard Butterfly with a dominant performance. Guccione finished in 2:11.51, nearly seven seconds ahead of the field. In the 100-yard Butterfly, Guccione edged her teammate, senior Mackenna Dunn, 59.56 second to 59.74 seconds.
- Senior Katy Evans won both diving events. She edged classmate Alyssa Campone in the 1-meter dive, 248.84 to 242.48. They finished 1-2 in the 3-meter dive as well, with Evans scoring 271.65 and Campone recording a total of 243.60.
- Freshman Aimee Garcia won the 400-yard Individual Medley with a time of 4:38.63, more than six seconds in front of the field. In the 200-yard breaststroke, Garcia and junior Brooke Kelley gave the Rams a 1-2 finish.
- Freshman Julia Renna was victorious in both the 100- and 200-yard backstroke races.
- Renna also teamed with junior Rebecca Younts, junior Cara Megill and freshman Camryn Kreuscher to win the 200-yard medley relay, which was the first event of the night.
- In the 200-yard Freestyle, Rhode Island took the top four spots. Senior Sabrina Anderson was followed to the wall by teammates Megill, Kreuscher and senior Emma Grace Pecha.
- Rhode Island also grabbed the top four finishes in the 100-yard Freestyle. Senior Mackenna Dunn, freshman Camryn Kreuscher, sophomore Grace Kennedy and sophomore Kristin Johnson finished in that order.
- Rhody took the top three spots in the 100-yard Breaststroke. Junior Brooke Kelley, senior Cassidy Fries and Rebecca Younts provided the sweep.
- The closest race of the night was the 50-yard freestyle. Sophomore Grace Kennedy just touched ahead of Fairfield’s Sam D’Alessandro by .03 seconds, with a time of 25.56. Rhody senior Maddie Horner took third in a time of 25.74 seconds.
- The relay 200-yard Freestyle team of senior Mackenna Dunn, sophomore Grace Kennedy, freshman Camryn Kreuscher and sophomore Kristin Johnson closed out the night with one more victory for the Rams.
Rhode Island’s divers travel to Ithaca, N.Y. Saturday, Jan. 25 for the two-day Dick Comanzo Diving Invitational. The entire team is back in action for its regular-season finale at Central Connecticut on Sunday, Feb. 2.
Courtesy: Fairfield Athletics
KINGSTON, R.I. – Fairfield men’s and women’s swimming and diving took part in the URI Invitational on Friday which included the University of Rhode Island and the United States Coast Guard Academy. The Stags had a strong showing winning multiple events including a new school record by Erik Hren.
On the men’s side, the Stags started out with a second-place finish in the 200 Yard Medley Relay as Will Robinson, Peter Sloan, Jordan Rahurahu, and Ian Nelson clocked in at 1:37.16. Erik Hren won the 1650 Yard Freestyle with a new school record time of 15:50.70. This time also moved Hren into second in the MAAC in this event this season. Patrick Boyle and Brendan Finnegan finished in second and third place respectively behind Hren with times of 16:22.53 and 16:41.95. Evan Fair took home the win in the 400 Yard Individual Medley with a final time of 4:11.67. Fair also placed third in both the 100 Yard Backstroke and the 100 Yard Freestyle. Jordan Rahurahu finished in second place at 1:46.60 in the 200 Yard Freestyle and placed second in the 500 Yard Freestyle clocking in at 4:51.78. Guillem Perez finished in second in the 200 Yard Breaststroke at 2:13.79 and placed third in the 100 Yard Breaststroke. Austin Twiss picked up a third-place finish in the 100 Yard Butterfly while Thomas Willemse came in third in the 50 Yard Freestyle. Fair, Hren, Peter Gori, and Finnegan finished in third to finish the day in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay.
For the women, Lauren Olczak won the 1650 Yard Freestyle with a final time of 18:23.28. Maria Nitti, Sara Ostensen, Samantha D’Alessandro and Emily Holman finished in second place in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay clocking in at 1:41.60. D’Alessandro finished in second in the 50 Yard Freestyle with a time of 25.59. Colleen Young finished in third place in the 200 Yard Breaststroke while Sara Ostensen placed third in the 100 Yard Butterfly. Haleigh McLaughlin also placed third in the 200 Yard Butterfly.
“Strong showing in a variety of events tonight” said Head Coach Anthony Bruno. “We are ready to get some rest and head into championship season”
Fairfield will return to action on February 1 as they host Manhattan at the RecPlex Pool at 1 PM.
Courtesy: Coast Guard Athletics
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – Josie McGuire picked up the Bears only win in a non-scoring meet against Division I programs Fairfield and host University of Rhode Island.
McGuire won the 500 freestyle in 5:13.18 and was second in the 400 IM (4:44.74).
Sophie Furigay took second in the 100 backstroke (101.97) and the 200 backstroke (2:11.61) while Ashley Fuller was second in the 200 butterfly (2:18.31).
The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they host Clark at noon for Senior Day.