KINGSTON, R.I. - The Providence College men's and women's swimming and diving teams competed in the Harold Anderson Invitational hosted by the University of Rhode Island on Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21. The men’s team came in first place with 817 points, while the women's team took second place with 771 points. The Harold Anderson Invitational included 12 All-Time Top Ten performances from the men and 21 All-Time Top Ten performances from the women, including three women's team records.
The women's team was led by sophomore Katherine Fallon (Warren, N.J), who broke three individual records (500y freestyle, 1000y freestyle, and 1650y freestyle). She also took first in her three individual events (200y freestyle, 500y freestyle, and 1650y freestyle). Fallon's 500yd Free (4:57.27) broke Michele Debari’s record (4:58.10) set in 1993. Fallon's 1650yd freestyle (17:13.81) broke Courtney Larcom’s record (12:47.22) set in 2009, also Fallon swam a team record in the1000yd Freestyle (10:24.59), which broke Michele Debari’s record (10:31.96) set in 1992. In addition to Fallon's 1650y freestyle team record, Fallon set a meet record .
Also pacing the women's team was junior Helen Smith (Belmont, Mass.), who finished first in the 200y backstroke (2:04.87). Sophomore Kendall Jerzyk (Madison, Conn.) placed second in the 1m dive (211.20) and freshman Abby Czerniecki (Haddonfield, N.J.) took second in the 100y breaststroke (1:06.82).
On the men’s side, Senior Zach Begnaud (Natchitoches, La.) placed first in the 500y freestyle (4:39.83). Begnaud also took second place in the 1650y freestyle (16:27.70) and the 200y freestyle (1:44.30). Freshman Ricky Billig (Sudbury, Mass.) took first place in the 200y backstroke (1:52.23) followed by freshman Jonathan Batista (Southboro, Mass) in second (1:53.82). Billig finished second in the 200y IM (1:55.83) and the 100y backstroke (52.68). Sophomore Connor Fabian (LaGrange Park, Ill.) earned an individual first place for the Friars as well, finishing the 200y breaststroke in 2:07.00.
Other second place finishes for the men include Sophomore Austin McGowan (Mansfield, Mass) in the400y IM (4:14.24), Junior Michael Martinico (Nesconset, N.Y.) in the 100y freestyle (48.60), sophomore Chris Asgian (Loveland, Ohio) in the 100y butterfly (52.83), and the 200y freestyle relay team (1:27.90). The 200y relay team consisted of Johnny Mariner (Marion, Mass.), Michael Martinico, Zach Begnaud, and Charlie Sabaitis (Spring Lake, N.J.).
47 Friars have now met the BIG EAST Qualifying Standards following this invitational. The updated list of Friars who will be heading to Long Meadow, N.Y. for the BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Championships thus far are:
Women: Katie Ainley, Sarah Burrous, Devon Cameron, Mackenzie Coughlin, Erin Cunningham, Abigail Czerniecki, Paige DeLago, Kathyrn DeSernia, Katie Fallon, Sophia Forneris, Colleen Hartigan, Anna Haywood, Kate Hickey, Kendall Jerzyk, Alexandra Kartsounis, Hayley McClure, Juliet McGlaughlin, Mary McKenna, Kaylie O'Connell, Reilly O'Connell, Kelly Quinn, Bridget Reilly, Helen Smith, and Madeline Snow
Men: Christopher Asgian, Jonathan Batista, Zach Begnaud, Ricky Billig, Patrick Boyle, Connor Fabian, Kurt Grunder, William Joyce, Jacob Hedrick, Jacob Krivacs, Patrick MacAulay, Jerod Magazine, Jonathan Mariner, Mike Martinico, Austin C McGowan, Will Rausch, Charles Sabaitis, Liam Straker, Aleksander Strakosha, Karoly Szabo, Nicholas Teri, George Thompson, and Ryan Trammell
The Harold Anderson Invitational marks the last event for the Friars in the 2015 calendar year. The Friars will return to the pool when the men's team travels to Villanova, Penn. to face the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday, Jan. 16 at noon.
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