Mount Holyoke swims away from Western, 177-119


DANBURY, CT (Nov. 19) — Sophomores Kathie Meerman (Dambury, CT) and Danielle Leprine (New Fairfield, CT) each won three individual events for the Western Connecticut State University women’s swimming and diving team, but the visitors from Mount Holyoke College swam away with a 177-119 victory in Saturday’s dual meet at the O’Neill Center pool.

Meerman finished first in the 100 yard backstroke (1:02.95), the 100 freestyle (:57.16), and the 500 free (5:37.28), while Leprine claimed victories in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.46), the 100 butterfly (1:05.77), and the 100 IM (1:05.26).  In the 100 fly, Leprine established a commanding lead over Mount Holyoke’s Lauren Williams (Kingston, Jamaica), and then held on over the final 10 yards to win by less than one tenth of a second.

Also taking first place for the Colonials was junior Nicole Olmstead (Southbury, CT), with a score of 176.65 to win the 1-meter diving, just edging out teammate Danielle Core (Goshen, CT) who tallied 173.85 points to finish second.  Senior Gilliann Lozinak (Shelton, CT) won the 3-meter diving with a score of 167.80, to give the Colonials a sweep of the diving competition.

First place finishers for Mount Holyoke included Allison Burhoe (Glens Falls, NY) with a 2:30.09 in the 200 IM, Lydia Bowers (Scotland, CT) with a 2:07.49 in the 200 Free, Maya Lazarovich (South Burlington, VT) with a 2:22.26 in the 200 Fly and a 2:35.68 in the 200 Breast, Sarah Rooney (Orange, CT) with a 26.85 in the 50 Free, and Williams with a 2:21.42 in the 200 Back.

With the loss, Western’s dual-meet record falls to 0-3 on the season, while Mount Holyoke stands at 3-1.  The Colonials return to the pool on Saturday, December 3rd, when they travel to North Dartmouth, Mass., for this year’s Little East Conference swimming championship.