W. Swimming attends meet, Men look towards next week

The Colby men’s and women’s swimming teams each head into the home stretch of their seasons looking to finish solid campaigns on a high note. The women attended the NESCAC championships this past weekend, and the men will travel to Williams College next Friday for the Men’s league championships.

The women’s team finished respectively in the relay events at the championships. The 400-meter medley relay team of Katherine King ’19, Shauna Yuan ’16, Katie Southworth ’16, and Katie Discipio ’17 came in seventh place with a time of 3:59.24, improving on their preliminary time of 4:00.81 to net the Mules 46 points. The 200-meter freestyle team, made up of Southworth, King, Catherine Cimini ’18, and captain Morganne Hodsdon ’16, took tenth place with a time of 1:40.38. Discipio also placed 15th in the 50-meter butterfly (26.72) and diver Alicia Elliott ’19 took 15th in the one-meter competition with a final score of 263.45. The Mules ended the day with 150 points in tenth place.

Yuan and Discipio impressed again on Saturday, with Yuan finishing 11th in the 100-yard breaststroke and Discipio grabbing 12th in the 400-meter individual medley.

Yuan swam a blistering 1:06.94 in her preliminary race, good for third all-time in the Colby record books. Abigail Taylor-Roth’s ’19 24th place finish in 1:08.97 in the same race was the fourth-fastest time in program history. Two Colby relay teams finished in ninth to give the Mules an 84-point boost. The 800-meter freestyle team of Taylor-Roth, Discipio, Southworth, and Hodsdon recorded a time of 7:51.37, while King, Yuan, Discipio , and Cimini managed a time of 1:50.18 in the 200-meter medley relay. The Mules ended Sunday’s final day of racing in tenth place out of 16 teams.

The men will look to make their mark in Williamstown on Friday to cap off their season. The Mules fell to Bowdoin College 212-109 in their last meet but hope to bounce back under the bright lights of the league championships. Two-sport athlete Jacob Tower ’19 has emerged as the team’s top sprinter and will be eager to test himself against the league’s best. The Mules will look for points from their 200-meter freestyle team of Joe Paluso ’19, John Blackburn ’17, Tower, and Cameron Garfield ’19. Other key contributors for the Mules will be John Devine ’18 and Andrew DeStaebler ’19. A strong showing at NESCACs could mean a trip to NCAA Regionals the following weekend.

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