KINGSTON, R.I.- The Sacred Heart University Women's Swimming and Diving team split its dual meet tonight as SHU defeated Providence for the first time in program history 144-135 while the Pioneers were edged by host Rhode Island by a combined score of 170-106. SHU will return to action on Sunday, Nov. 10 when travels to face Assumption. The meet begins at 11:00 a.m.
In strokes, senior Lauren Somers had an impressive day picking up victories in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle. In the 50, she touched the wall in 24.84 while in the 100 recorded a fast-paced time of 53.73. Sophomore Nicole Tingley continued her dominate season earning a victory in the 100 IM with a time of 1:01.89 just seconds ahead of teammate first-year Casey Barrett as she placed a time of 1:03.61. Junior Emily Peter and Nicole Tingley teamed up to take first and second in the 100 meter butterfly against Providence as Peter tallied a time of 1:00.01 and Tingley touched the wall at 1:00.44. The two placed second and fourth overall in the event. In the 500 meter freestyle, junior Margaret Flaherty took third with a time of 5:22.96.
In relays, the Pioneers took first in the 200 medley relay as the quad of Kelly Bartnett, Julia Pusateri, Nicole Tingley and Lauren Somers claimed a time of 1:51.89. SHU also took second in the 200 freestyle relay as the foursome of Kelly Bartnett, Grace Bergstrom, Emily Peter and Lauren Somers clocked in with a time of 1:42.23.
Sophomore Molly Martin led the way for the Pioneers in diving events as she took first in the 1 meter dive against Providence and fourth overall with a score of 208.75.
SHU 144 – Providence 135
SHU 106 – URI 170