Swimming and Diving loses to Providence

Nov. 15, 2006

Providence, R.I. - The Holy Cross men's and women's swimming and diving teams traveled down the road Tuesday night to Providence to take on the Friars. The Friars would emerge victorious against both Crusader teams, beating the men's team 147-96 while the Holy Cross women would suffer a 147-94 loss. Junior Andrea Doherty (Needham, Mass.) won the 50 meter freestyle. She beat three Friars to the touchpad, taking the event in 28:37. The Holy Cross divers had a stand-out day taking all four diving events from Providence. Freshman Rachael Martinez (Chelmsford, Mass.) and freshman Joshua Rodriguez (Dudley, Mass.) won two events each to give each of their teams 18 points.

Martinez earned a total of 165.38 points over six dives on the 1M board. Teammate junior Aislinn Kelly (Sandwich, Mass.) took second with 144.08 points and sophomore Katherine Marone (West Hartford, Conn.) took third with 137.93. Martinez beat two Friar divers to take the 3M diving competition with a total of 219.90 points. In the men's 1M diving event, Rodriguez took the top sport with 96.60 points earned over six dives. Sophomore Conor O'Neil (Concord, N.H.) took second with 96.38 points. Rodriguez won the 3M diving event with 154.65 points, beating out two divers from Providence.

Doherty would win the only Crusader individual event on the day; however the men's and women's 400 meter freestyle relay proved to be where Holy Cross would excel. The team of Doherty, freshman Maggie Gousman (Fanwood, N.J.), junior Erica Archer (Schenectady, N.Y.) and freshman Alisha Carrazza (Boonton Township, N.J.) took the top spot in the event with a time of 4:12.47. A team from Holy Cross would also take second in the event. The team of freshman Lauren Tatro (Charlotte, N.C.), sophomore Mary-Elizabeth Maher (Milford, Mass.), junior Amanda Dugan (Saddie River, N.J.) and sophomore Emily Cupelo (Manlius, N.Y.) swam the event in 4:40.81.

In the men's 400 meter freestyle relay, the team compiled of: sophomores David Drummond (Swampscott, Mass.), James McCullough (Orefield, Pa.), Ian MacLaren (Cortez, Colo.) and junior Chris Smith (West Haven, Conn.) would take nine points home for the Crusaders, winning the event in 3:52.23. The second Holy Cross entry of sophomore Brian Hendrickson (West Hartford, Conn.), freshman Joseph McShane (Chatham, N.J.), sophomore Rob Acker (Ames, Iowa) and freshman Michael Dougher (Amherst, N.Y.) took the number two spot in the event with a time of 3:59.29.

The Holy Cross men's swimming and diving team drops to 0-4 overall in the 2006-2007 season. The Providence men's team improves 4-2 overall. The Crusader women drop to 1-4 on the season while the Friar women move to 4-2.

The Holy Cross teams are both back in action over the weekend at the New England Championships at Boston University. The three day meet starts on Friday, November 16 at 10:00 am, continues on Saturday at 10:00 am and concludes at 6:00 pm on Sunday night.