Warriors collect 21 fastest times in 119-88 win over Rhode Island
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - A total of 17 swimmers combined to swim 21 fastest times of the season as the Eastern Connecticut State University women's swim team closed out the regular season with a 119-88 victory over Rhode Island College Saturday morning at the Sports Center pool.
Above: Seniors Julie Pietrycha and Stephanie O'Kelly were honored prior to the final home meet of their careers Saturday.
Eastern (8-1) matches its dual-meet record of a year ago when it set a season record with an .889 winning percentage. Rhode Island (3-4), like Eastern a member of the Little East Conference, is a second-year program.
Led by juniors Michelle Schapp (Torrington) and Jacqueline Tromp (Bohemia, NY), the Warriors captured seven firsts and also swam the fastest times on an exhibition basis in three others in the 13-event meet.
Tromp, seniors Stephanie O'Kelly (Westport) and Julie Pietrycha (Newington) and freshman Kenna Jones (Simsbury) all posted season-best times in both of their individual events.
At right: Erin McVeigh swims the final leg of the 200 yard freestyle relay which closed out the team's eighth dual meet win of the season Saturday.
Winning individual events were Schapp in the 50 yard butterfly (28.38) and 100 freestyle (59.49), junior Marissa Colley (East Haven) in the 50 freestyle (26.77), junior Colleen King (Barkamsted) in the 50 backstroke (31.50), junior Erin McVeigh (Windsor) in the 200 butterfly (2:22.73), sophomore Rachael Thatcher (Newington) in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.25) and Tromp in the 100 backstroke (1:06.14). On an exhibition basis, O'Kelly also recorded the fastest time in the 50 breaststroke (33.39) and Tromp in the 100 individual medley (1:07.03). On an exhibition basis, the 200 freestyle of freshman Macaire Jones (Danbury), Schapp, Smoragiewicz and McVeigh also posted the fastest time (1:46.03).
Eastern finished 1-2-3 in the 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle and 1-2 in the 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle and posted the top two times on an exhibition basis in the 50 breaststroke, 100 individual medley and 200 freestyle relay.
Recording first-place finishes for Rhode Island were freshman Marykate McCutcheon in the 200 freestyle (2:04.47) and in the 500 freestyle (5:33.94) and junior Sophie Kanno in the 200 individual medley. Freshman Emily Thompson took a pair of seconds in the 50 freestyle (27.58) and 50 backstroke (31.89).
In the final home meets of their careers, O'Kelly also placed second in the 200 individual medley (2:23.56) and Pietrycha was third in the 200 individual medley (2:36.69) and recorded a time of 1:11.31 in the 100 individual medley on an exhibition basis.
Eastern and Rhode Island compete in the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Championships Friday through Sunday at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt. The Warriors placed fourth a year ago while Rhode Island will be competing for the first time.