PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's and women's swimming and diving program opened their season with a meet versus Iona on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Taylor Natatorium. The women's team came out with a victory, 146-77, while the men were defeated, 132-82.
The women's team captured first and second place finishes in multiple events including the 800m freestyle, 50m freestyle, 200m butterfly, and also swept the 200m backstroke.
Sophomore Katherine Fallon (Warren, N.J.) earned two first-place finishes in the 800m freestyle (9:16.98) and in the 400m freestyle (4:32.32). In the 800m freestyle, the Friars took first and second with a second place finish from freshman Kaylie O'Connell (Stoneham, Mass.) who went 9:29.90.
Helen Smith (Belmont, Mass.) claimed first in both the 200m freestyle (2:12.11) and the 200m backstroke (2:23.00). In the 200m backstroke the Friars dominated the pool, freshman Paige Delago (Norwalk, Conn.) finished second (2:28.64) and freshman Juliet McGlaughlin (West Chester, Pa.) finished third (2:28.93).
Other individual first place finishers on the women's team include Reilly O'Connell (West Barnstable, Mass.) in the 50m freestyle (28.30), Erin Cunningham (Lynnfield, Mass.) in the 200m Individual Medley (2:28.60), Mackenzie Coughlin (Darien, Conn.) in the 200m butterfly (2:29.61).
Additionally, the Friars' claimed first in the women's 400m Medley Relay (4:33.48). This A-relay was made up of McGlaughlin swimming backstroke, freshman Abby Czerniecki (Haddonfield, N.J.) swimming breaststroke, Smith swimming butterfly, and junior Kelly Quinn (Garden City, N.Y.) closing the race with freestyle and a first place finish.
For the men's team, freshman Ricky Billig (Sudbury, Mass.), in his first meet as a Friar, earns first place in the 200m backstroke (2:13.19). Freshman Jonathan Batista (Southboro, Mass.) finished right behind Billig for a second place finish in the 200m backstroke (2:13.55).
On the diving board for the women was sophomore Kendall Jerzyk (Madison, Conn.), who took first place for the Friars scoring and impressive 242.85. For the men's side, Jordan Frielingsdorf (Hauppauge, N.Y.) finished first with a score of 161.17 on the 1m springboard.
The Friars will continue their season at the Northeast Catholic Invitational at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16 and at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 at Boston College in Newton, Mass.
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