Rams Host Ed & Judy Golden Invitational

Rams Host Ed & Judy Golden Invitational

KINGSTON, R.I. - The Rhode Island swimming and diving team welcomes the United States Coast Guard Academy Bears and the Springfield College Pride for the fifth annual Ed and Judy Golden Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 29 in the Tootell Aquatic Center at 1 p.m.

Rhode Island vs. Springfield & U.S. Coast Guard Academy

  • Since the inception of the Ed & Judy Golden Invitational in 2012, Coast Guard and Springfield have been the two teams invited to compete in the tri-meet.
  • In the four previous meetings at the Ed & Judy Golden Invitational, Rhody has defeated the Bears each year and has gone 3-1 against the Pride.
  • At last season's event, Rhode Island won versus Coast Guard, but lost against Springfield.
  • The Rams and the Pride have gone head-to-head every year since 2004. Rhode Island is 11-1 against Springfield in that time.
  • The Rams and the Bears have met five times since the year 2000, with Rhody holding a commanding 5-0 lead.

Last Time in the Pool

  • The Rams kicked off homecoming weekend with a head-to-head win over the Maine Black Bears, 171.5-124.5.
  • Senior diver Maria Smirnov tallied the first first-place finish for a Rhode Island diver this season, coming in first in 1-meter diving (198.37). She also finished second in 3-meter diving (214.80).
  • Freshman diver Katy Evans finished first in 3-meter diving with a score of 217.65 to capture her first collegiate win.
  • Freshmen Caitlin Guccione and Emma Grace Pecha also won their first collegiate solo events last weekend. Guccione came in first in the 200-yard butterfly (2:11.12) while Pecha took the top spot in the 500-yard freestyle (5:14.76).
  • Junior Sydney Williams won her first event after coming back from an injury that sidelined her all of last season. She took first place in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:46.36.
  • Senior Lauren Folkert kept up her winning ways, taking first in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 2:08.08. She leads the team with four solo first-place finishes.
  • Senior Carly DeLiberty, junior Hannah Homans and sophomore Nicole Petta rounded out the winners for the Rams. DeLiberty won the 200-yard breaststroke (2:27.96), while Homans won the 100-yard backstroke (58.50) and Petta took first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.94).

Ed & Judy Golden

  • Ed Golden was the long-time coach at Cranston East High School. From 1959-65, Golden compiled a 132-13 meet record, capturing seven consecutive Rhode Island titles and five New England Interscholastic titles.
  • A 1985 inductee into the Rhode Island Aquatics Hall of Fame, Golden's role in the Rhode Island swimming & diving team has been extraordinary as he is a benefactor of the program.
  • "Ed got me my first job," said head coach Mick Westkott about Golden's impact on swimming and diving at Rhody. "Without him, none of us would be here."
  • After the passing of Ed's wife, Judy, in August, 2006, the Ed & Judy Golden Endowed Scholarship program was developed at URI.
  • Ed Golden will be in attendance at this year's event.

Ties to Rhode Island

  • Each team participating in the Ed & Judy Golden Invitational have personal ties to one another, with Rhode Island being the most common denominator.
  • The head coach for Coast Guard, John Westkott, earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the University of Rhode Island.
  • Westkott also swam on the Rhody swimming & diving team, swimming for current coach and father, Mick Westkott.
  • Both Mick and John Westkott have both been inducted into the Rhode Island Aquatics Hall of Fame. Mick was inducted in 1990, while John joined his father in 2013.
  • Assistant coach of the Bears, Mary Westkott, is the daughter-in-law of Mick, having married his other son, Mark.
  • In addition, John earned a Masters in Education from Springfield College, where he was an assistant coach under current Springfield head coach John Taffe.
  • Taffe also has his ties to the Rams, having graduated from Rhode Island in 1985 after competing on the swimming & diving team for Mick Westkott. Under Westkott, Taffe was a five-time New England swimming champion.

Records Set at Ed & Judy Golden Invitational

  • Junior Hannah Homans set her personal mark in the 100-yard freestyle at the Ed & Judy Golden Invitational her freshman year (57.25).
  • Junior Sydney Williams also topped her personal record in the 100-yard freestyle at the same meet her freshman year (58.38).

Meet Expectations from Westkott

"We want to build on the success that we've had so far and keep getting better. It's just a matter of the season progressing that way for us to continue to grow."