BOSTON, Mass. – Sophomore Miriam Swisher (Albuquerque, N.M.) won a pair of events and sophomore Jordan Mattheisen (Seattle, Wash.) tallied 13 points to lead the Simmons College women's swimming & diving team over visiting Babson College, 135-77, this evening at the Holmes Sports Center Natatorium in Boston, Mass. The Sharks improve to 5-1 on the season, while the Beavers fall to 1-8.
Swisher won the 200-yard free style with a time of 2:02.62 to lead a sweep of the event for Simmons. Mattheisen finished second with a time of 2:11.74, while senior teammate Joleigh Ferro (Pittsfield, Mass.) hit the wall just after her with a mark of 2:11.75 to finish third. Swisher's second win of the night came in the 500 freestyle, where she clocked in with a personal-best 5:28.93, just missing the pool record by three-tenths of a second.
Simmons took the top three spots in the 100-individual medley, paced by a first-place showing from senior Chloe Davis (Merrimack, N.H.) at 1:07.28, followed by first year Michaela Morris' (Duxbury, Mass.) mark of 1:10.14 and sophomore Hannah Plourde (Westfield, Mass.) at 1:10.81. The Sharks dominated the 100-free as well with all three swimmers finishing within four one-hundreths of a second of each other. Mattheisen clocked in at 1:00.03 to win the race for her first career win in the event and give her 13 points for the meet. Sophomore Julie Nguyen (Salem, Mass.) was literally right behind with a time of 1:00.06, while Papp hit the wall at 1:00.07. Morris also racked up 13 points for Simmons with a win in the 100-fly on a time of 1:04.02.
First year Reilly Robbins (Centerville, Mass.) joined Dupre as a winner for Babson, beating the field with a time of 1:07.91 to contribute to a nine-point night. Senior Kendall Ford (Geneva, Ill.) turned in a pair of second-place finishes for the Beavers, hitting the wall at 5:58.84 in the 500 free and clocking in at 1:09.28 in the 100-fly. The Beavers top scorer was sophomore Paris Ekman (Fargo, N.D.), who led all divers with 18 points. Ekman scored 237.10 points on the one-meter board, while first year Leyan Li (Deerfield, N.H.) posted a score of 146.20 in her collegiate debut for the Sharks. Sophomore Alison Gauvin (Whitefield, Maine) also competed in her first meet and scored 128.50 points for a third-place finish for the home squad. Ekman scored 252.35 points in the three-meter event, just missing the pool record by less than five points.
Simmons returns to the pool on Saturday, December 6 when it defends its crown at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships at the Holmes Sports Center at 10:30 a.m., while Babson competes again after the New Year with a tri-meet at Wellesley College with Coast Guard Academy on January 7 at 4:00 p.m.