Rhode Island Rams vs. LaSalle Explorers
Kirk Pool - Philadelphia, Pa.
How it Happened:
Rhode Island won seven of Friday night's 16 individual events, eventually edging La Salle by three points (151-148).
The Rams started the meet strong, earning the first two spots in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Kaitlyn Bansky, Nicole Petta, Caitlyn Blake and Eliza Anderson won the event, while teammates Kristin Johnson, Rebecca Younts, Kelly Blake and Grace Kneller finished just 0.20 seconds behind.
Rhode Island's senior captains had a strong showing in the meet, earning crucial points for the team. Nicole Petta won two individual events, the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard IM. Eliza Anderson added to the team's total by winning the 50-yard freestyle. Grace Kneller earned a first-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle.
For the second meet in a row, Rhode Island won the last event of the day, the 200-yard freestyle relay. Maddie Horner, Grace Kneller, Kelly Blake and Eliza Anderson provided the final winning points for Rhody.
Standouts from the Pool:
- Sophomore Kelly Blake won the 100-yard butterfly by a margin of 0.04 seconds.
- Freshman Kaitlyn Bansky earned a second-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke.
- Junior Alyssa Campone finished second in the 1-meter dive, just ahead of teammate sophomore Cameron Murray
- Freshman Keely Hemminger and sophomore Cara Megill finished second and third in the 1000-yard freestyle, respectively.
"It was a great meet. Just like our meet against Maine, it went back and forth and we ended up winning by three points. We had some really great swims, but the relays were by far the most exciting." - Assistant Coach Lilli Falconer
The Rams will take on the Providence Friars on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Taylor Natatorium. The meet is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.