KINGSTON, R.I. -
The Providence College men's and women's swimming and diving teams made their way to Kingston, R.I. on Nov. 19 to compete in the Harold Anderson Invitational. The Friars placed first on the men’s side and the women’s side earned a third place finish.
The Friars got off to a quick start, notching a first place in the second event of the meet. The men’s team put together a winning 400-yard medley relay with the team composed of Jonathan Batista (Southboro, Mass.), Ryan Trammell (Lake Mary, Fla.), Jacob Griffin (South Portland, Maine), and Patrick Brannigan (Darien, Conn.). They finished the race in just 3:28.61.
Junior Katherine Fallon (Warren, N.J.) quickly followed giving the women’s team their first victory. Fallon finished the 500-yard relay ahead of the crowd in 5:03.67, closely followed by freshman Grace Carey (West Chester, Pa.) in third (5:05.31).
Senior Zach Begnaud (Natchitoches, La.) narrowly beat out his sophomore teammate Liam Straker in the 500-yard freestyle on the men’s side. The pair finished 1-2 with times of 4:47.27 and 4:47.55, respectively.
In the 50-yard freestyle the men of the Friars took the top three spots, with Charlie Sabaitis (Spring Lake, N.J.) finishing first (21.71), Brannigan in second (21.81), and Alec Nicaj (Bronxville, N.Y.) in third (22.00). The three would return to the pool, along with Begnaud, to win the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:26.81).
Senior Helen Smith (Belmont, Mass.) was first to the wall in the 400-yard IM (4:32.80), finishing nearly 5 seconds ahead of the crowd. Junior Austin McGowan’s 4:16.63 in the men’s 400-yard IM would be enough for the top spot as well.
Fallon returned to the pool to bring in another win, this time topping the field in the 200-yard freestyle. She touched the wall at 1:53.45.
Straker continued to leave his mark on the meet, winning the 200-yard freestyle for the men with a time of 1:45.69.
The freshman, Carey, swam away from the competition as she bested the field in the 1650-yard freestyle by 11.68 seconds. She posted a time of 17:23.28 in the event.
Sophomore Ricky Billig (Sudbury, Mass.) earned first place in the 200-yard backstroke, touching the wall at 1:51.86.
Brannigan hopped back in the pool for the 100-yard freestyle. He earned the top spot in the event with a fast 46.91 finish.
Senior Katherine Ainley (Rehoboth, Mass.) posted a 2;26.09 in the 200-yard breaststroke, earning another first place for the women.
The men’s 400-yard freestyle relay took first place in the final event of the meet. Sabaitis, Billig, Nicaj, and Brannigan teamed up to finish the race in 3:10.64.
This meet marks the last competition for the Friars until 2017. The Providence College Men’s swimming and diving team will return to the pool on January 14 and the women will continue their season a week later.
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