NU defeats UNH, falls to BU

By Samantha Wood, News Correspondent

The swimming and diving team defeated New Hampshire, 171-128, but fell to Boston University, 202-97, in a tri-meet Saturday. This brings their record to 6-5, with only three meets left before the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship.
Freshman Jill Kearns had a great showing, placing first in the 200-yard butterfly (2:08.37), fourth in the 200-yard IM (2:13.80) and fifth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:20.08).
Junior Emily Sutliff also contributed, finishing second in both the 500 (5:10.36) and 1000-yard (10:24.05) freestyle events.
‘It was a pretty solid meet for us overall,’ said’ head coach Roy Coates. ‘BU is a better team than we are at this point, so the results came out pretty much as we expected.’
In their final meets of the season, the Huskies hope to gain additional momentum as they prepare for the CAA Championship.’ They said their ultimate goal is to improve last year’s fifth-place finish.
‘We are always looking to improve our placing in the conference,’ Coates said. ‘The other thing we look for is to make sure both swimmers and divers compete at their lifetime best level at the meet. Then the placing will take care of itself.’
The Huskies will take on Vermont next, at their last home meet of the season. This meet is also Senior Appreciation Day, honoring the six seniors who lead the swimming and diving team. They include co-captains Elena Alvarez and Alexandra Doty, Courtney Flanagan, Kristen Ohlsen, Tara Thompson and Heather Whiting.
‘We’re losing really outstanding swimmers and a diver, who have put a lot into the program over the years,’ Coates said. ‘They are not only great athletes, but great leaders.’
The meet will take place Saturday at 1 p.m. in Barletta Natatorium.

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