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WALTHAM, Mass. – The Merrimack College women’s swimming team totaled three first-place finishes in a dual meet against Brandeis University on Tuesday afternoon in Waltham, Massachusetts. Nine swimmers for the Warriors saw action in the meet, with the squad posting six top-two finishes during the course of the day.

The Basics
Top Performers: Maeve McGowan
 (1st – 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke), Samantha Towle (1st – 100 freestyle, 2nd – 1000 freestyle, 200 IM)
Score: Brandeis 126, Merrimack 84
 Brandeis University | Waltham, Mass.

How It Happened
Freshman Maeve McGowan (Mansfield, Mass.) continues to perform sensationally in the backstroke events, as she placed first overall in the 100-yard backstroke (1:04.82) and the 200-yard backstroke (2:21.95). The Mansfield, Massachusetts, native competed in the 100-yard butterfly for the first time in her career, as she posted a time of 1:12.26.

Freshman Samantha Towle (Chalfont, Pa.) finished first overall in the 100-yard freestyle (57.66), and second overall in the 1000-yard freestyle (11:43.42) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:25.81).

Sophomore Ireland Wilson (Niantic, Conn.) tallied a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke with a career-best time of 1:19.59. The Niantic, Connecticut, native also tallied a career-best time in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:53.99), while posting times of 29.79 in the 50-yard freestyle and 1:03.87 in the 100-yard freestyle.

Junior Coral Robinson (Methuen, Mass.) competed in the 200-yard freestyle (2:48.29) for the first time in her career. The Methuen, Massachusetts, native also competed in the 50-yard freestyle (35.98). Junior Sydney Frerichs (Andover, Mass.) competed in a trio of individual events, which included the 200-yard backstroke (career-best time of 2:45.69), the 100-yard backstroke (1:17.77) and the 50-yard freestyle (32.08).

Senior captain Erin Lydon (Waltham, Mass.) posted times of 2:23.19 in the 200-yard freestyle, 30.80 in the 50-yard freestyle and 6:31.29 in the 500-yard freestyle. Sophomore Julia Collins (North Reading, Mass.)performed in a pair of individual events, as she posted times of 1:24.68 in the 100-yard backstroke and 31.14 in the 50-yard freestyle.

Sophomore captain Kendra Van Pelt (Burlington, Iowa) finished third overall in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 29.96. Sophomore Alana Appel (Salt Lake City, Utah) competed in two individual events, as she tallied times of 6:24.40 in the 500-yard freestyle and 1:09.45 in the 100-yard freestyle.

The Warriors ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams competed in the 200-yard medley relay. McGowan, Wilson, Lydon and Van Pelt competed with the ‘A’ team, as the group posted a time of 2:09.20. Collins, Appel, Frerichs and Robinson competed with the ‘B’ team, as the lineup posted a time of 2:28.28. Van Pelt, Appel, Lydon and Towle formed the Warriors’ lineup in the 200-yard freestyle relay, with the girls posting a time of 2:00.50.

Up Next
The Warriors will prepare over the next few weeks for the Northeast-10 Championships on Feb. 4-7 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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