Rhody Downs Vermont 175-125

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

Meet Information:
Rhode Island Rams at Vermont Catamounts
Burlington, Vt. - Forbush Natatorium

How it Happened:
Rhode Island dominated Vermont on Saturday afternoon, picking up a 175-125 victory against the Catamounts. The Rams won 10 of the meet's 16 events. 

Rhody got off to a hot start when the relay team of Grace Kneller, Nicole Petta, Caitlin Guccione and Eliza Anderson edged the top Vermont entry by just 0.3 seconds to grab the win in the 200-yard medley relay. 

Seniors Eliza Anderson and Nicole Petta each picked up multiple individual wins, earning crucial points for Rhode Island. Anderson won the 50-yard freestyle, as well as the 100-yard freestyle, while Petta finished first in both the 100- yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard IM.

Katy Evans led the Rhody divers, taking home first in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. In the 1-meter dive, Cameron Murray placed second against Evans by just under one point. 

Today's win was the Rams' eighth of the season, marking a new program record. Rhody is now 8-1. 

Standouts from the Pool:

  • Junior Caitlin Guccione earned a first-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly (59.77) and finished second in the 200-yard butterfly (2:13.09). 
  • Junior Maddie Horner, senior Caitlyn Blake, senior Grace Kneller and senior Eliza Anderson won the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:39.88).
  • Junior Mackenna Dunn (2:13.20) and sophomore Brooke Kelley (2:16.35) finished behind Petta in the 200-yard IM to complete a Rhody sweep of the event. 
  • Senior Grace Kneller was less than 0.2 off the winning mark in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing second (1:01.42). 
  • Junior Sabrina Anderson picked up second-place finishes in both the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle events. 
  • Sophomore Rebecca Younts finished fourth in the 200-yard butterfly with a personal best time of 2:16.32.

Quotable:
"It's always hard traveling up here and swimming fast, but everyone stepped up to the plate and the seniors really led the charge in that. They got the team pumped up before the meet and kept that energy going from start to finish. Overall, it was a great day and the team really stepped it up after a long three weeks of training!" -Assistant Coach Lilli Deering

What's Next: 
The Rams will finish their three-meet road slate at Bryant on Wednesday, Jan. 30. The meet is set to begin at 5 p.m.