Vermont Defeats Rhode Island 165-132 In Its Final Dual of Season

Rhode Island vs. Vermont

  • Saturday, January 22, 2022
  • Kingston, Rhode Island
  • Results (PDF)

Courtesy: Rhode Island Athletics

How It Happened
Vermont won each of the first four events of the day, including a 1-2-3 sweep in the 200-yard freestyle, as it handed Rhode Island a 165-132 defeat Saturday afternoon in Tootell Aquatic Center.

Rhode Island (5-2) outscored Vermont 114-109 over the final 12 events, but the early deficit was too much for the Rams to overcome. The visiting Catamounts opened the meet by taking first and third in the 400-yard medley relay, the top two spots in the 1000 freestyle and the top three places in the 200 freestyle. After Kira Parker won the fourth event – the 100-yard backstroke – Vermont was well in front, leading 56-18 in the team score.

Brooke Kelley broke through for Rhody by leading a 1-2-3 finish for the Rams in the 100-yard breaststroke. She edged teammate Mackenzie Thomas by .42 seconds, and Casey Fusco took third place as URI outscored the Catamounts in the event, 16-3. At that point, the team score was 59-34, the closest Rhode Island the rest of the way.

Four consecutive wins for Vermont iced the team win.

Standouts From the Pool

  • Kelsey McMenemy won the 200-yard backstroke for the second meet in a row, finishing in a time of 2:07.01 to beat Vermont’s Beth Hartog (2:08.11).
  • Aimee Garcia won a pair of events for the Rams, leading a URI sweep in the 200-yard breaststroke before later winning the 200-yard individual medley.
  • Brooke Kelley – competing in Tootell for the final time – won the 100 breaststroke and placed second in the 200 breaststroke.
  • Before the meet, seniors Brooke KelleyGrace KennedyKristin JohnsonMichaela Degnan, Kamryn Paige and Kaitlyn Bansky were honored.

What’s Next
Rhode Island closes out its regular season with a meet at Central Connecticut State on Saturday, Jan. 29.

Courtesy: Vermont Athletics

KINGSTON, R.I. – Kira ParkerJackie House and Sarah Campbell each won two events as Vermont defeated Rhode Island 165-132 Saturday afternoon at the Tootell Aquatic Center. UVM’s win in its final dual meet of the season improved their record to 4-3 this season.

COACH’S QUOTE
“I was extremely impressed by today’s performance at URI,” said Head Coach Gerry Cournoyer. “These student-athletes competed at a high level. I am looking forward to champs.”

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Parker won the 100 back and the 50 free for the Catamounts Saturday. It was the second straight weekend she’s won the 100 back. Saturday, she won with a time of 58.96, .64 seconds fast than anyone else in the field. She won her third 50 free of the season with a time of 24.70.
  • House continued her impressive first year campaign with victories in the 100 and 500 free. She earned her fourth 100 free win of the season with a time of 53.81. In the 500 she won with a margin of 5.05 seconds, finishing in a time of 5:05.80.
  • House and Parker finish the regular season tied for the team-lead with 10 individual wins apiece.
  • Parker, House, Hally Laney and Mina Poppas started the meet off with a UVM win in the 400 medley relay. The quartet took the race with a time of 3:56.82, 3.38 seconds faster than URI’s top unit.
  • After winning the first event of her career Sunday Campbell swept the diving events Saturday. She posted 219.30 points in the one-meter and 227.55 points in the three-meter.
  • Madison Supple won her third 200 fly of the season with a time of 2:10.09. It was her fastest winning time of the season by 1.04 seconds.
  • Laney won her fourth 100 fly of the campaign in a time of 57.86. The first year won six races this season.
  • Ella Church won the 1000 free for Vermont with a time of 10:32.92. She finished 16.1 seconds ahead of her teammate Emily Rocco for the win. The Catamounts claimed the 1000 free win in six of their seven competitions this season. Church won four of those.
  • Poppas won the 200 free at URI for the second time this season. On Saturday, she won the race with a time of 1:54.64.

WHO’S NEXT
Vermont will return to action February 10-13 at the 2022 America East Swimming and Diving Championships. WPI will host the meet in Worcester, Mass. Day one of the competition will feature women’s one-meter diving, the 800 free relay and 200 medley relay.

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