PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence College’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs hosted Holy Cross on January 22 in Providence, RI. It marked the final home game of the 2021-22 season for the brothers at Taylor Natatorium and served as the final day of the program. The men convincingly defeated the Holy Cross, 193-95, while the women fell to the Crusaders by a narrow margin (154-146).
Seth Brodnick, Justin ViottoWill Layden and McGovern Brown swept the individual freestyle events for the men. Brodnick dominated the 800m freestyle with a time of 8:38.21, which was 10 seconds faster than his teammate Nick Garrepy – and 25 seconds faster than his closest competitor from Holy Cross. Brodnick also took top honors in the 400m free, with a time of 4:14.14. Viotto defeated teammate Alex Beauchene (1:56.59) for first place in a competitive finish in the 200m freestyle, against the wall in 1:56.51. Brown finished best in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 24.04 and Layden took first in the 100-meter freestyle (52.63).
The dominance continued as Layden, Aidan HughesBrown and Viotto joined forces to win the 400m freestyle relay (3:33.21).
The men also claimed the 200-meter individual medley as Brown, Kevin Hood, Ryan Sharp and Layden beat the field with a time of 1:45.30.
Hood took first place in the 100m breaststroke with a finishing time of 1:04.81, while Will Karafanda rounded out the individual winners for the brothers and claimed first place in both rounds of 1-meter dives. In the first round, Karafanda scored 281.70 and finished the second round with a score of 282.97.
In the women’s race, the Friars started the race with a first place in the 200-meter medley relay. ‘s team Sally Alrutz, Hannah Weber, Katherine Winklosky and Courtney Reilly completed the event in a time of 2:03.80.
Alrutz claimed an individual victory in the 100-meter backstroke with a final score of 1:06.18 and also won the 100-meter butterfly (1:06.97).
Madeline O’Connor took the best of a thrilling finish in the 200m butterfly with a first place in 2:29.91. She defeated Holy Cross competitor Ava Westfall, who hit the wall in 2:08.75. O’Connor also won the 200m IM at the finish (2:28.90).
Taylor Loud took the win in the 50m freestyle (27.93) and Reilly led the field in the 100m freestyle (1:00.09).
Taylor Hairdresser completed the list of individual winners for the women by finishing first in the opening round (1 of 2) in the 1-meter dive, with a total of 271.20 points.
Providence College’s swimming and diving programs will conclude its dual meet competition against the University of Maine on Jan. 29 in Orono, Maine. Final preparation for the BIG EAST Championships takes place at the Husky Invitational on February 5, and the Friars head to East Meadow, NY for the BIG EAST Championships on February 23-26.
– GO COWS! –