Swimming ‘ diving tops Boston College

By Jared Sugerman

If the first two meets of the season were any indication of what the Northeastern swimming and diving team is capable of achieving, then the rest of the Colonial Athletic Association should be quaking in their flip flops.

After defeating Central Connecticut in the opener, the Huskies moved to 2-0 with a 161.5-138.5 victory at Boston College’s Flynn Recreational Complex.

“That’s a great measuring stick,” head coach Roy Coates said. “It shows that we can compete with an ACC team whose total resources far exceed our own.”

The team of sophomore Elena Alvarez, junior Kara Lane, sophomore Katherine Doty and freshman Kathrine Fugge proved early on that the Huskies were not to be taken lightly, winning the evening’s first event, the 200-yard medley relay.

Doty also captured first place points in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke, as did Alvarez in the 100 and 200-yard breaststroke, Lane in the 100 and 200-yard butterfly, and Fugge in the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard individual medley. Junior Brittany Giles and freshman Emily Sutliff also took first place for the Huskies, in the 1-meter dive and the 1000-meter freestyle, respectively.

“A lot of those races were very close, and we won the majority of those,” Coates said. “I think we made a statement that we compete and we compete to the very last stroke.”

Doty won the 200-yard backstroke by .02 seconds, Fugge won the 100-yard freestyle by .03 seconds and Lane won the 100-meter butterfly by .21 seconds and the 200-yard butterfly by .12 seconds, just ahead of Northeastern freshman Alicia Negrotti.

Negrotti also helped Northeastern to a second place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay, and finished third in the 200-yard freestyle.

“The effort of Alicia Negrotti really helped us out tonight,” Coates said. “She didn’t win any of the meets in which she competed, but competed in multiple races and the points she did collect were huge for us.”

Northeastern will travel to Delaware next weekend to kick off its CAA schedule with meets against Old Dominion Nov. 3 and William ‘ Mary Nov. 4.

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