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W-Swim: Warriors Tune Up with Win

         They  prepare for NE meet by disposing of RIC on Seniors' Day

swimseniors72dpi_3521.jpgWILLIMANTIC,Conn. - The Eastern Connecticut State University women's swim team tuned up for the upcoming New England Championships with a 118-92 victory over Rhode Island College on Seniors' Day Saturday morning at the Sports Center pool.

With its fifth straight win in the final dual meet of the season, Eastern (8-1) established a season winning percentage of .889 in dual meet competition and concluded the season without a loss in five home dual meets.

For the second straight meet, the Warriors swept all 14 events, winning 12 individual competitions and both relays. Eastern swam the final six  events on an exhibition basis against Rhode Island (0-3), a first-year program.

Five individuals won two events each: senior Nadine Menard (Woodstock) the 100 yard butterfly and 100 individual medley, and also swam the third leg of the 200 medley relay. sophomore Erin McVeigh (Windsor) claimed the 200 and 500 freestyle and also swam the final leg of the 200 freestyle relay; sophomore Amanda Rivers (Meriden), the 50 backstroke and 100 freestyle, freshman Kayla Smoragiewicz (Norwalk) the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke and freshman Rachael Thatcher (Newington) the 50 and 100 breaststroke. Rivers, Smoragiewicz and Thatcher also swam a leg of both relays. 

Among those finishing first or second in individual events, Rivers established a personal record in the 50 backstroke (29.80), Smoragiewicz in the 50 freestyle (27.29), sophomore Marissa Colley (East Haven) in the 200 freestyle (2:04.43), and Thatcher in the 50 breaststroke (34.08) and 100 breaststroke (1:13.67).

Eastern's five seniors - all of them four-year members of the program -- and their parents were honored prior to the start of the meet: Menard, Samantha Armitage (Bristol), Andzelina Chmielewski (Enfield), Jennifer Dufraine (Somers), and Tara McCane (Torrington).

Eastern competes in the NEISDA Division II-III Championships Feb. 17-19 at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, VT.


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