Swimming ‘ Diving: NU topped in final regular season meet

By Jared Sugerman

The swimming ‘ diving team traveled to Dartmouth Friday, where it closed out the regular season with a 178-122 loss to the Big Green. The Huskies finished the season with a 6-3 overall record, finishing 1-2 in CAA meets.

Northeastern took first place in five events, including junior Monica Hubbard’s win in the 1-meter dive and junior Brittany Gilles’ victory in the 3-meter dive. Sophomore Alexandra Doty was victorious in the 100-meter backstroke, junior captain Kara Lane placed first in the 200-meter butterfly and sophomore and reigning CAA Rookie of the Year Elena Alvarez won the 200-meter breaststroke.

The Huskies also took second place points in 12 events. Freshman Emily Sutliff won the 500-meter and 1,000-meter freestyle and freshman Kathrine Fugge took second in the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle, as well as the 200-meter individual medley.

Northeastern also captured second in the 400-meter freestyle relay and the 200-meter medley relay, though it was not enough to topple Dartmouth.

“I don’t like to lose, but our ultimate goal every season is championships,” said head coach Roy Coates. “We paid a price for training hard through the Dartmouth meet.”

Despite the loss at Dartmouth, Coates is pleased with what his team has accomplished. With the regular season now over, the Huskies will begin to adjust their training regimen to prepare for the CAA Championship meet at George Mason Feb. 14-17.

Coates said all the hard work has left his swimmers fatigued and he plans to minimize their workload to ensure all his swimmers and divers can be at their best at George Mason.

“This is one of the best years we’ve ever had training-wise, but they are physically and mentally drained right now,” Coates said. “We’ll begin to taper our training; we’ve worked hard for five months, so now we’ll slowly reduce the volume and the intensity so that their bodies can be fully rested for the conference championships.”

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