BURLINGTON, Vermont, October 29. THE University of Vermont swimming and diving team won 12 events on its way to a 177-104 victory over Siena in the Catamounts’ home opener on Saturday afternoon. UVM improves to 4-0 on the year, matching the best start in school history in the process.
“Today was a great day for us, I was happy with the way the team competed and it was especially nice to get a win at home,” said Vermont head coach Gerry Cournoyer.
Sophomore Claudia Etherington, junior Kailey Gardner and seniors Avery Pittman and Meaghan Cunningham each won two events to pace the Catamounts. Etherington set a pair of Forbush Natatorium records as she swept the 100 (57.22) and 200 (2:00.93) backstroke events. Her time in the 200 also broke the Vermont school record.
Gardner won both the 500 (5:06.27) and 1,000 (10:26.04) freestyle events, while Pittman took first in the 100 (58.85) and 200 (2:09.32) butterfly events. Cunningham swept the two dives, taking first in the one-meter with a score of 223.20 and the three-meter with a tally of 228.66.
Also earning wins on the afternoon for the Catamounts were freshman Laura Stephens in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.36), senior Caitlin Dowd in the 200 breaststroke (2:30.35) and freshman Katie Adams in the 200 free (1:57.43). Vermont also took first in the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:49.79 with the team made up of Etherington, Stephens, Pittman and Kaitlyn Evarts.
The Catamounts will return to action next Saturday when they travel to face Niagara in a meet that will start at 11 a.m.
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