Women's Swim Team Captures Worcester City Championship

For the first time in program history, the Assumption College women’s swimming and diving team has captured the Worcester City Championship, which was hosted Jan. 18-19 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The Hounds took home the Callie Taffe Trophy for the first time, finishing with 1,154 points to outdistance runner-up College of the Holy Cross by over 300 points.

Junior Monique Haney (Rialto, Calif./Bloomington) led the team with three wins in the two-day event to capture the Cathy Desrosiers Award as the Female Swimmer of the Meet. Haney won the 200 IM, the 400 IM in a meet-record time and the 200 butterfly.

The Hounds began the meet with an eight-second victory in the 800 freestyle relay as Kerry Silva (Seekonk, Mass./Seekonk), Amanda Guy (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet), Victoria Weber (Augusta, Maine/Cony) and Haney touched in 8:08.07.

Haney then took the first of her three victories as she won the 200 IM by nearly four seconds in a time of 2:13.80 to lead a sweep of the first three spots in the event for Assumption. The Hounds swept the next event, too, as Silva captured the 1650 freestyle with a time of 18:05.36. Assumption got back to it on the relays in the next event, taking the top two spots in the 400 medley event. The team of Caitlin Schofield (Foxboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan), Elyse Prayson (Dayton, Ohio/Archbishop Alter), Katherine Medeiros (Mattapoisett, Mass./Bishop Stang), and Weber won by a four-second margin in 4:09.78.

In the one-meter diving competition, first-year student Michele Galanos (Atkinson, N.H./Central) placed third, with a school-record score of 324.20, securing 16 points for the Hounds. After a second-place finish in the 200 freestyle relay, the Hounds got back on the winning track as Haney took the 400 IM in a meet-record time of 4:44.61. The time shattered the meet record by over two seconds.

Silva added another victory in the 200 freestyle, winning by just .52 seconds in a time of 2:01.08. In the 200 backstroke, freshman Janelle McDonald (Middleboro, Mass./Middleboro) captured the event in a meet-record time of 59.67. McDonald broke the meet record by .32 seconds and let an Assumption sweep of the top four spots in the event. The final Assumption victory of session two came again from Haney as she won the 200 butterfly by nearly four seconds in a time of 2:17.22.

In the final session on Saturday night, the relay team of Schofield, Prayson, Maureen Quirk (Wakefield, Mass./Wakefield) and Guy captured the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:55.23.

Weber captured the 100 freestyle in a pool-record time of 55.06, followed by a meet and pool-record performance by McDonald in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:09.32. Freshman Caroline Rose (Somerset, Mass./Bishop Stang) also set a meet and pool record as she won the 200 breaststroke in 2:30.75. Silva made it a trifecta with her third victory of the day in the 500 free in a time of 5:19.51 to lead an Assumption sweep of the top four spots in the event.

The Hounds ended the championship with a second-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay as the team of Haney, Weber, Guy and Prayson touched in 3:44.64.

The Hounds are back in next at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship, hosted by Southern Connecticut State University. The three-day event will take place Jan. 31 through Feb. 2.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College
ke.dunbar@assumption.edu @AssumptionNews