Feb. 22, 2014
SEWELL, N.J. - The Providence College men's and women's swimming and diving teams completed their third day of competition at the BIG EAST Championships, hosted by Glouster County Institute of Technology in Sewell, N.J.
Senior Jill Mullany (Monroe, Conn.) earned fifth in the 200y freestyle (1:52.04), while sophomore Reilly O'Connell (West Barnstable, Mass.) took eighth in the same event (1:55.11). Junior Leia Federiconi (Williamsville, N.Y.) took third place and broke the 1996 school record in the 100y breaststroke when she finished the race in 1:05.21. Freshman Colleen Hartigan (Suffern, N.Y.) and senior Kelly Hall (Morristown, N.J.) swam in the 400y IM, finishing the event in tenth (4:38.77) and eleventh (4:39.16) place respectively. Freshman Helen Smith (Belmont, Mass.) and senior Kathleen Degnan (Narragansett, R.I.) finished the 100y butterfly event in 13th (59.01) and 15th place (1:00.57). Junior Kelly O'Neill (Rye, N.Y.) completed the 100y backstroke in 59.07 and took twelfth place. The 400y medley relay team of O'Neill, Federiconi, Smith, and Mullany finished in 3:53.95 and broke the 2012 school record.
On the men's side, junior John Fatigati (Mahwah, N.J.) crushed the school record in the 400y IM set by himself in 2012 by more than three seconds. He finished the race in 4:01.06 and took fourth place. Freshman Kurt Grunder (Binghamton, N.Y.) also competed in the 400y IM, finishing in 14th place with a time of 4:17.04. Senior Connor Lui (Monroe, Conn.) competed in the 100y butterfly in 51.02, breaking the school record by .03 seconds. Graduate student Kyle McLaughlin (Warrington, Pa.) took seventh in the 200y freestyle swim (1:41.91), while junior Justin Tse (Framingham, Mass.) took 14th (1:43.51). Junior Daniel Murphy (Cos Cob, Conn.), senior Andrew St. Pierre (Fairhaven, Mass.) and freshman William Fierro Joyce (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) completed the 100y breaststroke in fourth (57.61) eighth (59.76), and eleventh (59.48) place, respectively. Murphy broke the school record by .23 seconds with his swim. Senior Connor Lui (Monroe, Conn.) completed the 100y backstroke in 52.06, finally breaking the school record he tied with at last year's BIG EAST Championships. Senior Kenneth Savage (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and freshman Brian Bodick (New Canaan, Conn.) swam the 100y backstroke in 53.61 and 55.84. The 400y medley relay, including Fatigati, Murphy, Lui, and Tse, finished in fifth place in 3:27.46.
The BIG EAST Championships will conclude tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 22.
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