WORCESTER, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s swimming team totaled 10 personal records in individual events on Sunday, as the team concluded its 2015-16 season at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships in Worcester, Massachusetts. Freshmen Maeve McGowan(Mansfield, Mass.) and Samantha Towle (Chalfont, Pa.)led the charge during Day 4 action, as each one represented the Warriors in the finals of an individual event.
Top Performers: Maeve McGowan (Finals | 9th – 200 backstroke, Preliminaries | 10th – 200 backstroke), Samantha Towle (Finals | 12th – 100 freestyle, Preliminaries | 9th – 100 freestyle)
Team Score: 9th (136)
Location: Worcester Polytechnic Institute | Worcester, Mass.
How It Happened
McGowan ended her sensational rookie season with a terrific performance, as she advanced to the finals in an individual event for the third consecutive day. She finished ninth overall with a career-best time of 2:10.29 in the finals of the 200-yard backstroke, as she earned nine team points. The time of 2:10.29 was good for the seventh-best time in the finals but she was ranked No. 9 because of the grouping system. The Mansfield, Massachusetts, native placed 10th overall in the preliminaries of the 200-yard backstroke, as she tallied a time of 2:12.66.
Towle ended her superb rookie season in style, as she finished 12th overall in the finals of the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 54.99. The performance earned five team points for the Warriors. The Chalfont, Pennsylvania, native recorded a ninth-place finish in the preliminaries of the 100-yard freestyle with a career-best time of 54.87.
Junior Sydney Frerichs (Andover, Mass.) recorded career-best times in the preliminaries of the 200-yard backstroke (2:37.44) and the 100-yard freestyle (1:05.29).
Sophomore Ireland Wilson (Niantic, Conn.) performed exceptionally in the preliminaries of the 200-yard breaststroke, as she tallied a career-best time of 2:49.24. Sophomore captain Kendra Van Pelt (Burlington, Iowa) competed in the preliminaries of the 100-yard freestyle (career-best time of 1:00.57), while sophomore Julia Collins (North Reading, Mass.) tallied a personal record in the same event with a time of 1:02.60.
Senior captain Erin Lydon (Waltham, Mass.) posted a personal record of 1:03.05 in the preliminaries of the 100-yard freestyle, while sophomore Alana Appel (Salt Lake City, Utah) tallied a time of 1:07.87 in the event.
Sophomore Genesis Garcia (Lawrence, Mass.) and junior Coral Robinson (Methuen, Mass.) swam well in the season finale, as the two posted personal records in the preliminaries of the 100-yard freestyle. Garcia clocked a time of 1:10.29, while Robinson recorded a time of 1:13.04.
McGowan, Van Pelt, Wilson and Towle formed the Warriors’ A team in the finals of the 400-yard freestyle relay, as the group recorded a time of 3:50.41 and earned 26 team points. Appel, Frerichs, Lydon and Collins competed together in the finals of the 400-yard freestyle relay, as the B squad posted a time of 4:14.91.--
Mike McMahon has covered Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune since 2006 and he also has been a senior writer at College Hockey News since 2005.
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