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23rd Annual Harold Anderson Invitational
Rhode Island vs. Assumption, Bryant, Holy Cross, Maine and Providence
Tootell Aquatic Center - Kingston, R.I.
How it Happened
For the first time in program history, Rhode Island extended its streak to 6-0 after winning the 23rd Annual Harold Anderson Invitational Sunday afternoon.
The Rams continued to dominate the relay events, as they have through the start of the season. The quartet of Kaitlyn Bansky, Nicole Petta, Caitlin Guccione and Eliza Anderson won the 400-yard medley relay, with the other two Rhody entries placing fourth and eighth.
Nicole Petta and Caitlin Guccione continued to rack up wins in the individual events. After winning the 100-yard breastroke during Saturday's racing, Petta claimed today's 200-yard breaststroke title. Guccione won yesterday's 100-yard butterfly event, as well as the 200-yard butterfly this afternoon.
Through 40 events, the Rams scored 843.50 points, besting the second-place team by a margin of over 100 points.
Standouts from the Pool
- Junior Mackenna Dunn earned a third place finish in the 200-yard freestyle event.
- Freshman Kaitlyn Bansky finished second in the 200-yard backstroke. Junior Emma Grace Pecha finished fourth.
- Junior Cassidy Fries had a third-place finish in the 200-yard breastroke, while sophomores Brooke Kelley and Rebecca Younts finished sixth and eighth, respectively.
- Senior Eliza Anderson finished fifth in the 50-yard freestyle event. Sophomore Kelly Blake finished eighth.
- The team of junior Mackenna Dunn, senior Grace Kneller, sophomore Kelly Blake and senior Eliza Anderson came in third in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Rhody's other entries finished ninth and eleventh.
- Junior Katy Evans led the Rhode Island divers with a third-place finish in the 3-meter dive. Junior Alyssa Campone finished sixth.
"I think overall this was our strongest Harold Anderson meet. Everyone had solid swims and it gave them all the confidence that they can swim fast and that their hard work is paying off. They've been very focused all season, so they deserve all of their great swims this weekend." - Assistant Coach Lilli Falconer Deering
Rhody will have a month off before returning to the Tootell Aquatic Center to swim against Wagner on Sunday, Jan. 13. The meet is set to begin at 1 p.m.
Final Team Standings
1. Rhode Island - 843.50
2. Assumption College - 706
3. Providence - 630.5
4. Holy Cross - 582
5. Bryant University - 472
6. University of Maine - 386