Rhode Island Rams vs. Central Connecticut Blue Devils
Kingston, R.I. - Tootell Aquatic Center
How it Happened:
Rhode Island earned the win on Senior Day when it toppled Central Connecticut on Sunday afternoon. Rhody won 10 of the meet's 16 events, finishing 169-130.
Prior to the meet, the Rams honored their four graduating seniors: Eliza Anderson, Caitlyn Blake, Grace Kneller and Nicole Petta. That class teamed up to win the first event of the day: the 200-yard medley relay. Anderson, Blake, Kneller and Petta defeated the competition by almost two full seconds.
Both Petta and Anderson earned multiple wins in their individual events. Petta finished first in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke, while Anderson won both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle.
The Rhody underclassmen proved their strength today, as well. Freshman Keely Hemminger picked up her first individual win in the 1000-yard freestyle event, dominating the field by over five seconds, while classmate Zoe Sheridan swam a personal best in the 200-yard IM.
Standouts from the Pool:
- Junior Maddie Horner won the 200-yard freestyle event (1:56.83).
- Junior Katy Evans swept both diving events. She finished with 274.26 points in the 1-meter dive and 237.75 in the 3-meter dive.
- Junior Mackenna Dunn earned a close victory in the 200-yard IM (2:13.52).
- Sophomore Brooke Kelley finished behind Petta in the 200-yard breaststroke, just under a second off of her personal best (2:27.75).
- Junior Sabrina Anderson was just .11 seconds off the winning mark in the 500-yard freestyle.
- Sophomore Cara Megill was runner-up to Hemminger in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:50.95).
- Sophomore Cameron Murray placed second in the 1-meter dive (225.21).
"Today was really a very special day. Not only did we get to honor four amazing senior captains, but we finished our regular season off with a win. All of us coaches are so incredibly proud of everything the girls have accomplished this season. There were so many great swims today and the divers stepped it up and had a great day as well. We are really excited to start focusing now on the A-10 Championship and have a great finish to this historic and amazing season." - Assistant Coach Lilli Deering
Rhode Island will spend the next few weeks preparing for the 2019 Atlantic 10 Championship. The meet will be held at the Spire Institute in in Geneva, Ohio and run from Wednesday, Feb. 20 through Saturday, Feb. 23.