posted on: Thursday October 28, 2010
Joe Dalli ’14 / Sports Staff
It was a busy week for the Swim Team. After travelling to Storrs, Conn. for the Husky Invitational, the team returned to Providence for a few days of practice and then headed up the road to Chestnut Hill, Mass. for a dual meet against Boston College on Wednesday, Oct. 27. At the time of press, the results of the Boston College meet were unavailable.
The Men’s and Women’s Swim Team competed at the annual Husky Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 23. Although the men, who finished fifth out of five teams, and the women, who finished fourth out of four teams, did not fare as well as they had hoped for, there were certainly shining moments despite their losses.
“The team did really well this past weekend,” said Alexis Fatigati ’11. “A lot of people had some great wins and we even had a few more swimmers qualify for the Big East Championships in February.”
Those swimmers, Kathleen Degnan ’14 and Julia Rivera ’11, swam well enough to qualify for the Big East Championships. Degnan, the “freshman backstroke specialist,” finished 10th out of a field of 24 in the 100-yard backstroke. Rivera, who swam in the 100-yard breaststroke, placed an impressive sixth out of a field of 21 swimmers. These accomplishments are even more impressive because at only two meets this year, PC already has had four swimmers qualify for the Big East Championships.
On the men’s side, Collin Casciano ’12, who swam the 100-yard butterfly, and Andy St. Pierre ’11, who competed in the 200-yard IM, both had great meets, and finished ninth and eighth in their respective races.
“The goal is to race hard during our heavy training season,” said Coach John O’Neill, who expressed his pleasure in the performance of the team this weekend and this season. “This is a very demanding time of the year and we have a lot of meets on our plate. I like the way we are competing.”
For the second week in a row, the Friars got a strong performance from their diving team. Ben Kardian ’13 earned another victory as he put up a score of 211.30, which was 20 points more than the second-place diver. For the women, it was “same stuff, different day” as the unstoppable tandem of Allie Black ’13 and Amie Fracker ’13 placed first and second, respectively, for the second week in a row.
Up next for the Friars is a meet at Fairfield University this Saturday. “Fairfield is a really good matchup for us,” said Coach O’Neill. “We want to be competitive with them and give them a good run.”
By all accounts, the Friar-Stag matchup is expected to be very close. According to Fatigati, the team is very positive about their chances on Saturday.
“With the way the team is looking right now, I honestly think that we have a pretty good chance of beating them for the first time in my four years here,” she said.