Oct. 7, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Boston College women’s swimming and diving team will open the 2011-12 season today, Friday, Oct.7, at a quad meet hosted by the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. In addition to BC and the USMA, the meet will also feature Stony Brook and Vermont. Events are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
This season, the Eagles’ look to build on last year’s success. In 2010, the Eagles placed sixth at the always competitive Terrier Invite. Throughout the season, the squad earned wins against Providence, Chicago, Wheaton and Fairfield.
Outside of the pool, BC was named a Scholar All-America Team and had more than 25 team members recognized with the Athletics Director’s Award for Academic Achievement.
Head Coach Tom Groden has high expectations for his talented squad this year and looks to the following swimmers to lead the Eagles.
Sprint Freestyle: Senior captain Lauren Nightingale, a 2010-11 Team MVP, and senior Shannon Landers return to lead the Eagles’ efforts in the sprint events this season. Last season, Nightingale picked up 10 individual wins and 21 relay wins, good for a team-high 31 total first place finishes.
Middle Distance Freestyle: Senior Patricia Kautz, a 2010-11 Team MVP and a captain this season, is back to head up the middle distance freestyle category for BC, although she is sure to add to the team’s efforts in sprints, as well. Junior Kathryn Raplee, a two-time MVP, will also be a top returner for the Eagles in these events.
Junior Caitlin Molloy
and senior captain Andrea King
will pilot BC’s efforts in the distance events this season. Also returning to provide depth in this category for the Eagles will be senior Aydan Sarikaya
Backstroke: Senior Mary Fothergill, junior Alanna Santini and junior Alyssa Niebrugge are expected to be the top returners in the pool for BC in the backstroke. Fothergill was named Outstanding Performer at the 2011 ACC Championships, where she achieved personal best times in every event competed in.
Breaststroke: Senior Michaela Morr will be a top returner for the Eagles in the breaststroke. Morr holds dual meet bests in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.23) and the 50 breaststroke (31.39). Landers, who is also returning to the field of sprinters, will assist with the breaststroke, as well.
Butterfly: Senior Katherine Chin, sophomore Katelyn Crowley and junior Kathleen Murray will return to lead BC’s efforts in the fly. Morr and Fothergill will also add depth to this event.
Individual Medley: Raplee and Kautz will be the top returners for BC in the IM. Raplee set a dual meet best in the 200 IM and recorded 15 first place finishes last season. Junior Julia Zucco will aid in the team’s efforts in this event.
Diving: BC’s diving team is anchored by the returning junior Erin Rademaker and sophomore Kathryn Oskar.
The Eagles welcome a talented, deep freshmen class led by Stephanie Ng, who will compete in the IM and fly. Annie Fothergill, younger sister of Mary, will aid the team in the sprint freestyle and backstroke events. Kimberly Rich also look to impact the team in the sprint category. Allison Viverette and Kelly McGrath will provide depth in the middle distance events, while Anne MacKay and Margaret Crocamo seek to enhance the Ealges’ fly and backstroke squads. The breaststroke will get the biggest boost from this year’s freshmen, with Melissa Merwin leading the push and another five newcomers looking to contribute. Lastly, Dana Hadra seek to make a mark on the diving team.
Junior Breanna Stewart returns from injury this season in hopes of resuming a spot in the breaststroke and IM events.