PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, November 13. THE Bryant University men’s and women’s swim teams fell to Providence on Saturday, despite setting 21 school records in 28 total events swum. Both teams would give the Friars a run, but the men would find themselves on the short end of a 148-112 final score, while the women were knocked-off by a final of 151-111.
In the short five year history of Bulldog swimming, the women’s squad has swum in a meters pool just twice before while the men have done so once.
The women were led by freshman Abby Whittaker (Salisbury, Mass.), who finished in first place in the 200 butterfly and second in the 800 meter freestyle. Whittaker’s time of 2:35.12 in the 200 butterfly set a new Bryant school record. The women also had strong performance from Jill Squillante (Sayville, N.Y.), finishing first in 100 backstroke and third in the 200 backstroke, and Jess Looney (Goffstown, N.H.), finishing second in the 200 free and first in the 400 freestyle. Looney set school records in each of her events while Squillante took home the record in the 100 backstroke.
On the men’s side, Tom Ferrigno (West Chester, Pa.) set school records in both the 200 freestyle and 200 individual medley, taking first place in each of those events. Sophomore Steven Nguyen (San Jose, Calif.) also continued to shine, finishing in first place in the both the 800 and 400 freestyle events. Freshmen Zach Bowen (Litchfield, N.H.), Sean Martell (Nashua, N.H.) and Kevin McDonald (North Haven, Conn.) also had solid meets, each setting school records in their respective events.
The Bulldogs will take to the pool Saturday, November 22 for a tri-meet at Fairfield to take on the Stags of Fairfield University and the Jaspers of Manhattan College (2:00 p.m.).
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