ANDOVER, Mass. -- Senior Aine Scholand (Albuquerque, N.M.) and first year Meg Driscoll (Haverhill, Mass.) each won a pair of events to lead the Simmons University women's swimming & diving team in a 139-122 loss to host Merrimack College this afternoon at the Andover YMCA in Andover, Mass. The Sharks fall to 0-1 in their season opener, while the Warriors improve to 1-2.
Merrimack never trailed during the meet, which did not feature any diving events.
Scholand won both distance freestyle events for Simmons, taking the 1000-yard freestyle by 19 seconds with a time of 11:12.23, before touching the wall first in the 500-yard freestyle as well with a mark of 5:29.52 to win by under eight seconds. Driscoll won both breaststroke events, finishing first in the 100-yard race with a time of 1:14.87 in her first individual collegiate race and topping the field in the 200-yard competition with a time of 2:41.11.
Senior Laura List (Bedford, Mass.) sprinted to a first-place effort in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.21 to help the Sharks close to within 67-63 after seven events, but it was as close as they would get for the rest of the meet. List also added a third-place showing in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:06.21.
Simmons capped the meet by winning the 200-yard freestyle relay by more than three seconds with a time of 1:45.53 behind Scholand's lead leg, followed by List, sophomore Lauren Howard (Abington, Mass.) and first year Katelyn Quinlan (Haverhill, Mass.).
Junior Olivia Walz (Natick, Mass.) registered a pair of second-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle (2:06.74) and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:41.75), while junior Anna Leedham (Lowell, Mass.) placed second in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:25.51 and third in the 100-yard butterfly with a clip of 1:04.85. Sophomore Sarah Singleton (Mission Hills, Calif.) also scored seven points for the Sharks, finishing second in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:25.21 and third in the 200-yard backstroke with a mark of 2;25.40. Howard made her Simmons debut with a second-place showing in the 100-yard freestyle on a time of 59.11 and junior Elizabeth Bartlett (Richmond, Mass.) placed second in the 100-yard breastroke with a time of 1:15.40 to give the Sharks three of the top four finishers in the event.
Simmons returns to the water on Saturday, October 26 when it hosts Westfield State University at 4:00 p.m. in the Holmes Sports Center Natatorium.