NEWTON, MASS. -
The Providence College men's and women's swimming and diving teams opened the 2016-17 season at the BC New England Catholic Invitational on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 in Newton, Mass. The women's team posted a 4-2 dual meet record at the event, while the men's team finished 1-1.
Junior Katherine Fallon (Warren, N.J.) put together solid performances on the women's side in several events. She finished second in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:52.35), third in the 500-yard freestyle (5:17.35) and fourth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:58.74). She also was part of the 400-yard medley relay that placed third in a time of 4:07.40. In that race, Fallon teammed up with Helen Smith (Belmont, Mass.), Abigail Czerniecki (Haddonfield, N.J.) and Paige DeLago (Norwalk, Conn.).
Grace Carey (West Chester, Pa.) impressed in her first collegiate competition, finishing fourth in the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:57.51) and fifth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:17.89).
The 200-yard medley relay team comprised of Smith, Czerniecki, Delago and CJ McCartin (Coral Springs, Fla.) placed third out of 20 teams in the event with a time of 1:53.68. Czerniecki placed third, individually, in the 100-yard breaststoke (1:10.11). Delago finished fourth, individually, in the 200-yard backstroke (2:14.80).
Sophomore Madeline Snow (Bethany, Conn.) claimed a third-place finish in the 400-yard IM with a time of 4:48.73.
On the men's side, some notable performances were put forth by several Friars. Jonathan Batista (Southboro, Mass.) placed third in the 200-yard IM (2:00.56) and took a pair of second-place finishes in the 100-yard backstroke (54.89) and the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.43).
Ricky Billig (Sudbury, Mass.) claimed fourth in the 200-yard backstroke (2:00.91) and sixth in the 100-yard back (56.36). Patrick Brannigan (Darien, Conn.) took fourth in the 50-yard free (21.98) and fifth in the 100-yard freestyle (48.73).
Liam Straker (South Glastonbury, Conn.) and Ryan Trammell (Lake Mary, Fla.) also had notable finishes. Straker placed fifth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:49.95) and Trammell took fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.39).
The Friars return to action on Oct. 21 against Bryant University. The meet will take place at Taylor Natatorium in Providence, R.I. and is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.
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