Bentley vs. Wheaton, Bridgewater State

WALTHAM, Massachusetts, January 28. EGEN Ouellette (West Hartford, Conn./Conard HS), Sam Laden (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire HS) and Willie Connolly (Washington, Conn./Shepaug Valley HS) each were triple-winners as Bentley University defeated both Wheaton College and Bridgewater State in a triangular men's swimming meet Tuesday night at the Dana Center pool.

Capturing 12 of 16 events, Bentley swam past Bridgewater, 231-58, and Wheaton, 202-93, to improve to 6-4 on the season.

All of Ouellette's wins came in freestyle events with the sophomore posting times of 1:49.93 in the 100, 50.02 seconds in the 50 and 5:01.59 in the 500. Laden, a junior, captured the 50 breaststroke (28.59), the 50 free (23.02) and the 200 breast (2:19.04). Connolly, also a junior, was victorious in the 50 backstroke (25.09), 200 back (1:59.76) and the 200 individual medley (2:04.57.

All three also participated in winning relays. Connolly and Laden were part of the 400 medley relay (3:45.56) and Ouellette led off the Falcons' 400 free relay (3:25.40). Sophomore Chris Horan (Hanover/Boston College HS) was the only Bentley swimmer to participate on both of those winning relay teams.

Bentley's other individual winner was freshman Eric Stricker (Long Valley, N.J./West Morris Central HS), with a time of 10:33.31 in the 1,000 free.

The next meet for the Falcons is Saturday afternoon in Albany, N.Y. against Saint Rose.

For the women, with sophomore Anne Kaduboski (Dedham/Dedham HS) winning three events, the Bentley University women's swimming and diving team defeated Bridgewater State, 217-78, but fell to Wheaton College, 172-127, during a meet Tuesday night at the Dana Center pool.

Kaduboski posted victories in the 200 yard freestyle (2:00.07), the 200 backstroke (2:14.07) and the 200 individual medley (2:15.99). She is now unbeaten in her last 44 races in dual competition.

Senior Kristen Thuerk (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire HS), competing in her final meet in her home pool, was a double-winner, touching first in both the 200 butterfly (2:19.86) and the 1000 freestyle (11:18.06).

Bentley's other victory in the meet was recorded by sophomore Emily Travers (Brentwood, N.H./Exeter HS), with a score of 223.05 points in the one-meter diving. She was just edged out on the three-meter board, with her score of 223.90 just 35 hundredths back of winner Julia Wright of Wheaton.

Bentley, 8-5, will wrap up its dual schedule Saturday afternoon at Saint Rose.

Special thanks to Bentley for contributing this report.

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