Terriers Roll To First Win of Season



BOSTON -- Five women won two events and the Terrier women's swimming team captured first's in 15-of-16 events en route to a 175-100 win over the University of Vermont at Faneuil Poll on Saturday (January 20th).

It was the Terriers' first win of the season, as they are now 1-5-.

Leading the way was freshman Kelli Sweeting (Sarasota, FL), who won both the 100- and 200-yard backstroke. Her time of 2:07.9 in the 200 was the best by a Terrier woman swimmer since Getchen Ebner's performance during the 1988 season. Ebner enjoyed such an outstanding career for the Terriers that she was voted into the B.U. Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. Sweeting was clocked in :59.57 in the 100 backstroke.

The other double winners were...

freshman Stacey Gallacher (Horseheads, NY), who continued to dominate the field in both the one- and three-meter dives;

  • sophomore Laurie Green (St. John's, Newfoundland), who captured both the 100 and 200 breaststroke;
  • sophomore Karissa Lopez (Santa Fe, NM), who won the 200 fly (2:08.71) and 400 individual medley (4:39.81);
  • and junior Christina Chen (Tacoma, WA).

Chen, who won both the 50 (:24.88) and 100 (:55.30) freestyle events against Vermont, has been a pleasant surprise this year for the Terriers. She missed most of last season with two bad shoulders, but she has come back this year to do an excellent job in the freestyle sprints.

The single winners included freshman Abigail Coxson (Westfield, NJ) in the 1000 freestyle, senior Amelia Finnerty (New Fairfield, CT) in the in the 100 fly, and senior Corey Cooper (Springfield, VA) in the 500 freestyle.

The Terriers also won both the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

Sweeting, Green, Finnerty, and senior Kerry Kusz (Iron Mountain, MI) teamed up to win the medley relay, while Sweeting, Chen, Lopez, and Kusz won the freestyle relay.

"The women swam very well," said head coach Reagh Wetmore. "They looked better than they did earlier in the year. They were very inspired in their effort against Vermont."



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