Providence College Men's Swimming & Diving Team Wins the Harold Anderson Invitational; Women's Team Takes Second.

Dec. 3, 2011

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College men's and women's swimming and diving teams both competed in the Harold Anderson Invitational on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December. The men's team won with 814.50 points while the women's team came in second out of six schools with 703 points. Host Rhode Island, Holy Cross, Bryant University, Maine, and Assumption (women's team only) joined the Friars in the event.

The men's swimming team had strong performances from several Friars. Sophomore Ken Savage (Basking Ridge, N.J.), sophomore Andrew St. Pierre (Fairhaven, Mass.), freshman John Fatigati (Mahwah, N.J.), and sophomore Michael Luiz (New Bedford, Mass.) won the 400y medley relay event in 3:33.83. Fatigati also won the 200y IM event, clocking in at 1:57.32. Fatigati, St, Pierre, senior Colin Casciano (Hewitt, N.J.), and freshman Justin Tse (Framingham, Mass.) won the 200y medley relay event in 1:38.81. Junior Eric Burtchell (Pawtucket, R.I.) won the 400y IM event in 4:16.83 St. Pierre won the 100y breaststroke in 59.95. Casciano (51.98), Fatigati (52.45), and sophomore Connor Lui (Monroe, Conn., 52.84) took the top three spots in the 100y butterfly event while Tse, Savage, and freshman James Butler took the top three spots in the 200y freestyle event. They timed in at 1:44.71, 1:47.21, and 1:47.77 respectively. Savage took first place in the 100y backstroke event (53.87), the 200y backstroke event (1:54.10), and St. Pierre won the 200y breaststroke event in 2:14.01.

The women's side was led by freshman Kelly O'Neill (Rye, N.Y.) who 200y backstroke event in 2:09.27 and her time of 1:00.21 in the 100y backstroke event was good enough for third place while sophomore Katie Degnan (Narragansett, R.I.) took second in 59.82. Freshman Tara Walter (Haddon Heights, N.J.) took third in the 100y breaststroke with event her time of 1:07.65. Junior Sam Schlich (Massepequa, N.Y.) took third in the 100y freestyle event in 54.10.

On the diving side junior Allie Black (Mystic, Conn.) won her fifth 1m diving event in a row receiving 274.95 points. Black made the NCAA Zone Regional Diving Championship Standard with her performance. Junior Ben Kardian (Valhalla, N.Y.) won the 3m diving event with 265.30 points. Kardian's score met the BIG EAST Qualifying Standards. Kardian also won the 1m diving event with 285.25 points.

20 Friars qualified for 28 A BIG EAST standards while 26 Friars also achieved 36 B standards over the weekend.

Next up for the Friars is a trip to the Grand Cayman Islands from Wednesday, January 4 through Wednesday, January 11 for winter training. The Friars return to the pool on Saturday, January 14 when they host Maine in Taylor Natatorium at 11:00a.m.

BIG EAST "A" Qualifying Standards Met

Men's Events

200y IM: Eric Burtchell; 50y Freestyle: Michael Luiz; 100y Butterfly: Collin Casciano, Connor Lui; 100y Breaststroke: Connor McColligan, Daniel Murphy; 100y Backstroke: Connor Lui, Ken Savage; 200y Backstroke: Ken Savage; 200y Breaststroke: Andrew St. Pierre, Daniel Murphy; 200y Freestyle: Eric Burtchell

Women's Events

400y IM: Kelly Hall; 100y Butterfly: Meredith Pramer; 50y Freestyle: Erin Nanna; 100y Breaststroke: Erin Nanna, Julie Rivera, Tara Walter; 100y Backstroke: Katie Degnan, Moira James; 200y Backstroke: Katie Degnan, Kimberly Hall, Moira James; 100y Freestyle: Erin Nanna; 200y Breaststroke: Nicole Monanian; 200y IM: Kelly Hall, Meredith Pramer

MEN'S FINAL SCORES 1) Providence College 814.50 2) Maine 672 3) Bryant 595 4) Holy Cross 544 5) Rhode Island 465.50

WOMEN'S FINAL SCORES 1) Rhode Island 959.50 2) Providence College 703 3) Maine 679 4) Assumption 485.50 5) Bryant 362 6) Holy Cross 212 -GO FRIARS-



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