Swimming and Diving Swim To Sweep of Holy Cross

Freshman James Butler qualified for the BIG EAST Champshionships after winning the 200y freestyle event (1:46.72)

Jan. 28, 2012


WORCESTER, Mass. - The Providence College men's and women's swimming and diving teams defeated the Holy Cross Crusaders on Saturday, January 28. The men's team won by a score of 191-100, while the women's team won their meet 192-102.

The men's swimming team had strong performances from several Friars including three more victories for freshman John Fatigati (Mahwah, N.J.). Fatigati won the 100y backstroke (55.59), the 200y backstroke (2:02.89) and the 200y IM (2:02.18) events. Junior Eric Burtchell (Pawtucket, R.I.) won the 1000y freestyle event with a time of 10:34.25 and the 500y freestyle event after clocking in at 5:03.62. Junior Chris Morales (Ridgewood, N.J.) won the 200y butterfly event with his time of 2:00.34 while sophomore Michael Luiz (New Bedford, Mass.) won the 50y freestyle event clocking in at 22.37. Senior Collin Casciano (Hewitt, N.J.) came in at 54.75 in the 100y butterfly event, taking first place. Fatigati, Luiz, Casciano, and sophomore Andrew St. Pierre (Fairhaven, Mass.) won the 200y medley relay event in 1:41.02. Freshman James Butler (Medfield, Mass.) won the 100y freestyle (49.22) and the 200y freestyle (1:46.72) events. Butler's time in the 200y freestyle met the BIG EAST Qualifying Standards.

The women's side had nine Friars collect 11 first place finishes in swimming events. Junior Eileen Colliton (Bloomfield, Conn.) won the 1000y freestyle (11:01.53) and the 500y freestyle (5:23.52) while junior Sam Schlich (Massepequa, N.Y.) won the 200y freestyle event in 1:57.70. Freshman Kelly O'Neill (Rye, N.Y.) took first place in the 100y backstroke event with her time of 1:02.38 and first place in the 200y backstroke with her time of 2:14.26. Freshman Leia Federiconi (Williamsville, N.Y.) continued her impressive season after winning the 100y breaststroke event in 1:11.59 while sophomore Morgan Lee (Vernon, Conn.) collected a win in the 200y breaststroke event after timing in at 2:36.46. Freshman Emily Kennedy (Tallahassee, Fla.) won the 100y butterfly event (1:02.71) while sophomore Jillian Mullany (Monroe, Conn.) and junior Erin Nanna (Westwood, Mass.) won the 100y freestyle event and the 50y freestyle event respectively. Mullany clocked in at 56.51 while Nanna picked up first place in 25.50. O'Neill, Federiconi, Nanna, and freshman Meredith Pramer (Norwalk, Conn). won the 200y medley relay event in 1:54.64.



On the diving side junior Allie Black (Mystic, Conn.) won the 1m diving event receiving 269.09 points. Junior Ben Kardian (Valhalla, N.Y.) swept the 1m and the 3m diving events. Kardian took the 1m diving event with 280.27 points and the 3m diving event with 273.08 points.

The Friars return to Taylor Natatorium Saturday, February 4, when they host Boston College in Taylor Natatorium at 11:00 a.m. in their final meet of the regular season.


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