BABSON PARK, Mass. - The Simmons College women's swimming & diving team won 13 of 16 events and saw four swimmers win two events apiece to lead the Sharks in a 200-84 victory over host Babson College this evening at Morse Pool in Babson Park, Mass. Simmons improves to 5-1 on the season, while the Beavers fall to 1-6.
The 200-yard medley relay squad set the tone for the Sharks winning with a mark of 2:04.56 with a quartet consisting of junior Miriam Swisher (Albuquerque, N.M.) leading off with the backstroke, followed by junior Hannah Plourde (Westfield, Mass.) in the breaststroke leg, sophomore Michaela Morris (Duxbury, Mass.) in the butterfly leg and first year Kerry Fleming (Northampton, Mass.) in the freestyle leg to anchor the race. Swisher, Plourde and Fleming each also went on to win a pair of events for Simmons.
Swisher dominated the 200-yard freestyle by almost 14 seconds with a mark of 2:04.47, before coming home with the 200-yard backstroke with a mark of 2:21.98 to win by nearly 10 seconds. Plourde edged teammate Jason Erichsen (Banks, Ore.) by less than a second in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:48.25 and also went on to win the 200-yard individual medley in 2:30.82 to barely clip Erichsen again and lead the visitors to sweep both races. Erichsen did pick up a victory in the 50-yard breaststroke, however, with a time of 37.60. Fleming won her first event of the night, clocking in at 30.73 in the 50-yard backstroke and later won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 58 seconds flat.
First year Laura Simpson (Perkiomenville, Pa.) also won two events for the Sharks, owning the distance events with a comfortable win by more than 77 seconds in the 1000-yard freestyle, while hitting the wall first in the 500-yard freestyle with a mark of 5:31.40 to win by more than 43 ticks.
Morris and first year Charlotte Rivard (Norwood, Mass.) both turned in first-place efforts as well for Simmons. Morris won the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:27.79 to lead a sweep of the event for the Sharks, while Rivard hit the wall first in the 50-yard butterfly with a mark of 30.44.
Junior Alison Gauvin (Whitefield, Maine) posted a pair of personal-best scores on the one-meter and three-meter boards to finish second in both events for Simmons. Gauvin tallied 168.75 points in the one-meter event, before scoring 197.60 points on the three-meter board.
Fleming, Rivard, Simpson and Swisher also fueled the Sharks to a triumph in the 200-yard freestyle relay by seven seconds with a time of 1:48.60.
First-year Tessa Amoroso (Rowley, Mass.) earned victories on both the one and three-meter diving boards for Babson, while senior Becca Greenberg (Beverly, Mass.) touched the wall first in the 50-yard freestyle with a mark of 29.23 and came in third in the 100-yard freestyle. Sophomore Reilly Robbins (Centerville, Mass.) came in second in the 50-yard backstroke and was third in both the 200-yard backstroke and the 50-yard butterfly for the Beavers.
Simmons returns to the pool when it hosts the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, December 5 at 10:00 a.m., while Babson returns to action in a double-dual meet in Wellesley, Mass. against the United States Coast Guard Academy and Wellesley College on January 7 at 1:00 p.m.