Army West Point Women, UMass Men Win Terrier Invite

The Army West Point women and the UMass men were victorious as Boston University’s Terrier Invitational wrapped up on Sunday night. Boston College’s Dan Kelly followed up his impressive 50 free win from earlier in the meet with a 44.78 victory in the 100 free. Full results can be found here.

Boston University:

BOSTON – The Boston University swimming and diving team finished competition at the Terrier Invitational on Sunday evening in the BU Competition Pool. The women’s team placed second out of eight teams while the men’s squad finished in fourth out of seven teams.

The women’s team made an impressive attempt to win the meet after being out of first place by 160 points on day two, but fell short by just 20 points to Army West Point. The men’s squad jumped up to fourth after sitting in fifth place after two days.

The comeback attempt was bolstered by the women’s win in the final race of the meet, the 400 freestyle relay, which earned the team 40 points.

Three Terriers won their events on Sunday, including Erin Nabney and Daniel Andronov in the 200 breaststroke and Stephanie Nasson in the 1650 freestyle. Nabney’s time in the 200 breaststroke preliminary (2:17.15) was a personal record, her second PR of the weekend.

Nikki Bookwalter was one of two Terriers to place second on the day, finishing with a time of 2:02.65 in the 200 backstroke. Julimar Avila also had a second place finish in the 100 freestyle (51.31) and recorded a personal best time in the event.

In the diving pool, Lizzie Tillo finished in first place on the one-meter board and took second on the three-meter to lead the women’s team while Adam Gross (1M) and Eric Mitchell (3M) each placed second in their events on the men’s side.

The Terriers return to action in two weeks when they compete at the Rutgers Quad Meet on Dec. 5, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

UMass:

BOSTON – A win in the 200 back stroke by Kellen Gray highlighted day three of the Boston University Terrier Invite as the men’s swim team finished first overall and the women’s swim team took fourth. The three-day invitational marked the conclusion of the fall season for both teams with a break from competition until January.

Gray’s winning time of 1:47.61 in the 200 back stands as the sixth fastest in men’s program history. The win also marked the second win for Gary over the weekend as he took first in the 100 back on Saturday.

Along with Gray’s performance in the 200 back, Heath Maginn picked up third, while Ian Wilson placed sixth in the championship finale.

UMass also picked up 42 points on Sunday in the 1,650 free with three championship finale performances. Kyle Vieira took third followed by Austen Sholudko in fifth and Alessandro Bomprezzi in seventh.

In the 100 free, Owen Wright took sixth, while Brian Stiles was just behind in seventh. The Minutemen also sawConnar Patterson place second in the 200 fly with the fifth fastest time in school history (1:50.55), while Maginn added a fourth-place finish in the event.

In women’s action, Kate Orr finished seventh overall in the 1,650 freestyle and Cassie Sosnovich placed seventh as well in the 100 freestyle.

The Minutewomen saw a pair of highlight finishes in the 200 butterfly as Jenn Robeson posted the fifth fastest time (2:06.74) in school history during the preliminary race andJenna Diamond added the sixth fastest time (2:07.17).

Robeson placed seventh overall in the championship finale with her finals time of 2:08.37. Diamond finished 10th overall with her consolation finale time of 2:07.17.

The men’s team nearly had a 100-point advantage over second-place Army which had 852 points. The Minutemen finished the weekend with 948.5 points, while Boston College placed third with 832.5 points.

Army won the women’s side of the meet with 89.5 points followed by Boston University with 876.5 points. Vermont was third overall (577.5 points) followed by the Minutewomen (469 points).

Army West Point:

Women-

BOSTON, Mass. – Following three days of competition, the Army West Point women’s swimming and diving team finished on top at the Terrier Invitational. The Black Knights placed first with 896.5 points.

Jorie Mason competed for Army off the 3-meter board, and placed 14th with 163.90 points.

In the swimming events, the Black Knights competed in the 1650 free for the first time this season. Sabrina Mortell and Meaghan McGovern went third and fourth as Army’s top finishers. Mortell touched the wall in 17.04.79, while McGovern finished in 17:05.15. Ana Maria Bistrow (17:28.01) placed 12th, while Danielle Nuszkowski tied for 13th with a time of 17:32.74.

Bailey Smith (4th) and Kim Sembrano (6th) had times of 2:03.47 and 2:04.92 as the top-two finishers for Army in the 200 back. Kelly Hamilton‘s (2:04.29) and Cecelia Croman‘s (2:04.90) times also ranked in the top-10.

In the 100 free, Monica Sowinski clocked a first-place time of 51.24. She was followed byMolly Mucciarone who was sixth with a time of 51.95.

Jess Ambrose finished the 200 breast in 2:21.57 to place fifth. She was followed by Kara Wineinger (2:23.27), Jess Fabrizio (2:23.24) and Margaret Ireland (2:25.59). Mucciarone went 2:05.14 in the 200 fly to finish in second, while Shannon Rogers finished one place behind with a time of 2:05.17.

The invitational concluded with a second-place finish in the 400 free relay. The Army team of Hamilton, Mucciarone, Jenna Forrester and Sowinski compiled a time of 3:27.66 to be second.

The swimming and diving team will be back in action on Thursday, Dec. 10, when the Cadets travel to Annapolis, Md., for the annual Army-Navy meet.

Men-

BOSTON, Mass. – After three days of competition, the Army West Point men’s swimming and diving team has finished second at the Terrier Invitational. The Black Knights tallied 852 total points to move up to the runner-up position for the three-day meet.

Joe Frullaney competed for Army off the 1-meter board. He was ninth with 225.10 points.

In the swimming events, the Black Knights competed in the 1650 free for the first time this season. Tom Ottman placed first after touching the wall in 15:33.09. Clay Harmon (15:58.98) was fourth and Jason Hunt (16:19.55) was 14th.

Josh Sembrano finished second in the 200 back with a time of 1:48.18. Michael Stanchi(1:49.27), Jay Yang (1:49.11) and Matt McPheters (1:49.71) also placed in the top-10 for Army.

Chris Szekely and Brandon McCredie placed third and fourth in the 100 free with times of 45.29 and 45.31, respectively. In the 200 breast, Colin Kanzari clocked a 2:05.53 to place second, and was followed by Sam Mo who finished third with a time of 2:06.00. Pat Wall was the Black Knights’ third-best finisher after finishing in 2:10.44.

Jason Rodriguez won the 200 fly with a time of 1:49.79. Yang placed third after touching the wall in 1:50.89, while Zach Blankenbeker (1:53.05), Sean Regan (1:52.29) and Devin McCall(1:52.70) rounded out the top-10.

The invitational concluded with a first-place finish in the 400 medley relay. The Army team ofEvin Rude, McCredie, McCall and Szekely clocked a 3:00.37 to place first.

The swimming and diving team will be back in action on Thursday, Dec. 10, when the Cadets travel to Annapolis, Md., for the annual Army-Navy meet.

Vermont:

Haley Gula and Shannon Cowley led the Catamounts on Sunday as the duo finished second and fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke with times of 2:20.17 and 2:20.83. Cowley and Gula were 1-2 finishers in the 100 breaststroke for Vermont on Saturday.

Sarah Mantz took fourth overall in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.67 seconds. Christa Weaver also scored in the Championship Final with eighth place in 52.55, while Kira Hancock (52.35) and Courtney Gray (52.77) combined for 10 points in the Consolation Final with 10th and 14th.

Lauren Punger (2:05.84) and Julia DeGregorio (2:09.54) registered a combined 26 points with fourth and eighth in the 200 butterfly with Alexy Novelli finishing 12th (2:08.41). Elena Melloni earned a fifth place finish in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:04.27, while Dani Rocheleau placed 12th with a mark of 2:06.66.

Madeline Blumenfeld (17:42.59) and Kelly Lennon (17:44.52) placed 15th and 16th respectively in the 1650 freestyle for a combined three points.

In the Sunday relays, Mantz, Hancock, Gray, and Lennon finished third in the 400 free relay with a time of 3:27.92 for 32 points. Catamount relay teams also placed ninth and 10th in the event for an additional 32 points.

Vermont travels west in two weekends to compete in the AT&T Nationals in Federal Way, Washington from Thursday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Dec. 6. The Catamounts will then break for the holidays before hosting Northeastern on Monday, Jan. 18 in Burlington.

Colgate:

BOSTON –Wins by Morgan Cohara and Erica Silverman for the women and a top-five school time for the men highlighted Colgate Swimming & Diving’s performance during the final day of competition in the Terrier Invitational Sunday at Boston University’s Competition Pool.

Cohara picked up her fourth victory of the weekend in the 200 back and Silverman claimed the 200 butterfly. For the men, the 400 free relay pairing of Des Cairns, Paul Kersjes, Carter Christensen andAndrew Hacker combined for a time of 3:06.64, representing the fourth fastest time in the event in school history and earning a sixth place finish.

Women’s Highlights
– Cohara won her fourth event of the invitational, capturing the 200 back with a time of 2:00.54. Flora Hanson gave the Raiders a 1-3 finish in the championship heat, taking third (2:03.55).
– Silverman captured the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:04.93, the eighth fastest pace in school history.
– Bernadette Tankle placed 10th in the 1650 free, posting a time of 17:21.74. Michelle Dols gave the Raiders a second top-16 finish in the distance event, claiming 13th (17:32.74). The times earned both a spot on the program’s top 10 list with Tankle taking seventh and Dols claiming 10th.
– Lindsay Sagasta placed ninth in the 100 free sprint race, touching the wall with a time of 52.18.
Cammie Kirby took sixth in the 200 breast, posting a time of 2:21.96. Courtney Gilroy (2:29.08) and Jessica Cauley (2:29.59) placed 15th and 16th, respectively.
– It was a fifth place finish for the Raiders in the 400 free, with the grouping of Cohara, Madison Fitzgerald, Megan Gallagher and Lindsey Sagasta posting a time of 3:30.40.
– Olivia Castro posted the 12th fastest time in school history in the 200 butterfly, turning in a time of 2:08.55.

Men’s Highlights
– It was a sixth place finish for the Raiders in the 400 free relay with the quartet of Cairns, Kersjes, Christensen and Hacker combining for a time of 3:06.64. Their time was the fourth fastest in school history.
– The pairing of Wilkins, Danny Graham, Spencer Lambert and Mel Philips claimed 16th in the 400 free relay with a result of 3:12.85.
– The Raiders went ninth and 11th in the 1650 free as Paul Kersjes took ninth (16:14.90) and Dominic Wilkins placed 11th (16:15.54).
– Three Raiders placed in the top 16 of the 100 free, led by an eighth place finish for Des Cairns (46.22). Swimming in the consolation final, Andrew Hacker took ninth (46.06) and Carter Christensen placed 16th (46.88).
Trey Johnson took 15th in the 200 breast, posting a time of 2:11.50.

Women’s Results
1. Army West Point                                      896.5
2. Boston University                                     876.5
3. University of Vermont                               577.5
T-4. University of Massachusetts                 469
T-4. Boston College                                     469
6. Colgate University                                    329.5
7. University of Bridgeport                            211
8. Fairfield University                                   46

Men’s Results
1. Massachusetts, University of                    948.5
2. Army West Point                                       852
3. Boston College                                         832.5
4. Boston University                                      534
5. University of Bridgeport                            432
6. Colgate University                                    193
7. Fairfield University                                    62

From the Source
Colgate Head Coach Andy Waeger (on meet)

“We were very pleased with the team’s overall performance this weekend. We had a lot of fantastic swims throughout our lineup this weekend and I am so incredibly proud of their effort.

“We went into this meet with a purpose and we came out having reached our goal. We wanted to put ourselves in the best position to get great meet times and prepare for February and that’s exactly what we did.

“We’re going to enjoy the holiday break next week and then we’re going to come back and have the opportunity to train for the entire month of December before focusing on the second half of our season.

“Three of our five freshmen records broken this weekend were done so by the men, which was awesome. The 800 free relay record they broke was set by our current senior class during their rookie season, so there were come bragging rights at stake there.”

Swimming news courtesy of Boston University, Army West Point, UMass, Colgate, and Vermont Swimming & Diving.

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