NEWTON, MASS. - The Providence College men’s and women’s swimming and diving team competed in the New England Catholic Invite hosted by Boston College in Newton, Mass. on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17. The men and women both placed second for the weekend and had several individuals with top three finishes in their respective events.
Sophomore Katherine Fallon (Warren, N.J.) led the way for the women’s side with two first place finishes, a second place, and third place as part of a relay team. Fallon beat the field by over four seconds in her first place 500y freestyle with a time of 5:09.30. The sophomore would also take first in the 1000y freestyle (10:40.69). Her second place finish would come from the 200y freestyle (1:56.49). Fallon also swam anchor for the Friars’ 400y freestyle relay team, joined by teammates Kelly Quinn (Garden City, N.Y.), Reilly O’Connell (West Barnstable, Mass.), and Sophia Forneris (New York, N.Y.). The team earned a third place finish with a time of 3:42.70.
The relay group consisting of Erin Cunningham (Lynnfield, Mass.), Forneris, Mary McKenna (Wethersfield, Conn.), and O’Connell took third place in the 200-Yard freestyle relay (1:39.92). Helen Smith (Belmont, Mass.) swam her way to third place in two races, the 500y freestyle (5:16.07) and the 200y backstroke (2:09.14). Freshman Kathryn DeSernia (Wyckoff, N.J.) placed second in the 200y breaststroke (2:29.70) as just .47 seconds separated her from Boston College’s winner, Samantha Couillard.
On the men’s side, Zach Begnaud (Natchitoches, La.) finished in third place for the 500y freestyle (4:52.47). Later, Begnaud would get the Friars top finish of the day when he placed second in the 1000y freestyle (10:02.43). Connor Fabian (LaGrange Park, Ill.) had two third place finishes for the Friars in the 100y breaststroke (1:02.70) and the 200y breaststroke (2:18.26). The men’s relay team of Michael Martinico (Nesconset, N.Y.), Jake Hendrick (Council Bluffs, Iowa), Liam Straker (South Glastonbury, Conn.), and Begnaud finished third place in the 400y freestyle relay (3:19.44)
On Oct. 23 Providence travels to Smithfield, R.I. to face Bryant University.
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