Gold Beats Royal in Roger Williams Intrasquad

BRISTOL, Rhode Island, October 15. THE Roger Williams University Swimming & Diving Team held an intrasquad meet this past weekend, gearing up for the Hawks' 2012-13 opener at RPI next weekend.

The Gold team won both ends of the meet, taking the women's side by 158-59 score over the Royal team and winning 123-82 on the men's side.

Alana Mercurio (Hope, R.I.) had a hand in three wins on the day, beginning with a victory in the 200 Yard Medley Relay with Hailey Martel (Harwinton, Conn.), Heather Beardsworth (Dover, N.H.), and Stephanie Niman (Bristol, Conn.). The foursome won in 1:58.18. Mercurio would later win at the 100 Yard Butterfly (1:04.94), 100 Yard Backstroke (1:08.00), and the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay (1:48.94), along with Niman, Martel, and Erin Carlson.

On the men's side, Philip Jacques (Durham, Maine) took first in four events as well, opening with a time of 2:08.52 in the 200 Yard IM. He would later win the 100 Yard Freestyle in 51.28 and the 100 Yard Backstroke in 1:02.77. He also teamed with Ryne Wallace (Watertown, Conn.), Devon Walker (Bristol, Conn.), and Austin Kelly (Portland, Conn.) to take first in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay in 1:33.99.

“It was a great meet for us to evaluate where we're at in terms of our training plan, but more importantly see what type of team we really are when it comes to racing,” said Head Coach Matt Emmert. “You can be a great trainer, but if you can't race and compete, you're going to have a tough time with swimming at the collegiate level. Overall, the staff and I are really pleased with what we saw and can't wait to get up on the blocks next week and throw down some fast swims at RPI.”

“I thought we did better than expected for where we're at this point of the season,” said senior Rob Schapp. “We've been working hard the past three weeks and I feel the results were reflective of those past three weeks.”

“We had a very productive meet; it was a great opportunity to get practice in a competitive meet environment without the pressures of a real meet,” said junior Adam Stanley. “It was a good way for us to work on our 6-dive lineup and fine-tune things leading up to our first competition.”

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