W. Swimming Opens 2011-12 Season at West Point
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.
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.
Distance Freestyle: 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.
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.
Junior Breanna Stewart returns from injury this season in hopes of resuming a spot in the breaststroke and IM events.