Swimming & Diving Compete In The Husky Invitational

Freshman Leia Federiconi has two top three finishes in her first competition as a Friar.

Oct. 23, 2011

Storrs & New Britain, Conn. --The Providence College men's and women's swimming teams competed in the Husky Invitational, hosted by the University of Connecticut, on Saturday, October 22 in Storrs, Conn. The Friars competed against host Connecticut as well as Fordham, Maine, and Vermont. There was no team scoring for this event.

On the women's side, freshman Leia Federiconi (Williamsville, N.Y.) began her career as a Friar with two top three finishes. Federiconi placed 3rd out of 29 swimmers in the 100y breaststroke event with a time of 1:07.97 and 2nd out of 22 swimmers in the 200y breaststroke event with a time of 2:30.13. Both times met the BIG EAST Championship Qualifying Standards and also landed Federiconi 7th on the all-time list in those events for the Friars. Fellow freshman Kelly O'Neill (Rye, N.Y.) met the BIG EAST Championship Qualifying Standards for her times in the 100y and 200y backstroke events. The 100y backstroke featured 36 swimmers with O'Neill finishing 7th with a time of 1:01.21. O'Neill placed 10th out of 30 swimmers in the 200y backstroke event with a time of 2:12.02.

The men's side was highlighted by a 4th place finish by freshman Justin Tse (Framingham, Mass.) in the 200y freestyle event with a time of 1:48.19 in the 27 swimmer field. In the 100y backstroke event sophomore Ken Savage (Basking Ridge, N.J.) finished 5th in the 14 swimmer field with a time of 57.38 while fellow sophomore Connor Lui (Monroe, Conn.) finished right behind him in 6th place with a time of 57.40. Junior Chris Morales (Ridgewood, N.J.) placed 7th out of 20 swimmers in the 200y butterfly event with a time of 2:02.16.



The Providence College diving team also competed in a diving contest hosted by Central Connecticut State University on Saturday in New Britain, Conn. The Friars dominated the diving board winning all three events that they competed in. Junior Ben Kardian (Valhalla, N.Y.) took 1st place in both the 1m and the 3m diving events with scores of 215.15 and 200.40 points respectively. Junior Allie Black (Mystic, Conn.) took 1st place in the 1m diving event with 205.70 points. Stonybrook, Fairfield, Wagner, and host CCSU competed in the diving events .

The Friars return to the pool Saturday, November 5 when they host Seton Hall in Taylor Natatorium. The meet is scheduled to start at 2:00p.m.


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