Meerman and Leprine win three events each, but Eastern Connecticut defeats Western Connecticut in season opener, 142-97


WILLIMANTIC, CT (Nov. 5) — The Eastern Connecticut State University women's swimming team defeat Western Connecticut State University, 142-97 in the season opener for both squads on Saturday afternoon.

For Western, sophomore Kathie Meerman (Danbury, CT) registered wins in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:06.91, the 200-yard backstroke, clocking in at 2:22.47 and the 100-yard butterfly at 1:04.82.

Classmate Danielle Leprine (New Fairfield, CT) was also a multi-event winner, taking the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.20, the 200-yard breaststroke with a 2:40.87 showing and the 200 Individual Medley (2:24.22).

The Colonials travel to St. Joseph College (CT) in West Hartford, CT for a 1 pm meet with the Blue Jays on Saturday, Nov. 12.

From the desk of Bob Molta - Eastern Connecticut SID

WILLIMANTIC,Conn. – Five different individuals combined for six first-place finishes as the Eastern Connecticut State University women’s swim team opened its dual-meet season Saturday afternoon with a 142-97 victory over Western Connecticut State University at the Sports Center Pool.

Sophomore Amanda Rivers (Meriden) won the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events, senior Nadine Menard (Woodstock) captured the 200 butterfly, sophomores Becky Odgers (Shelton) and Michelle Schapp (Torrington) the 1000 freestyle and and 500 freestyle, respectively, and freshman Kayla Smoragiewicz (Norwalk) the 100 backstroke.

Eastern swimmers claimed the top three spots in two individual events and  at least three of the top four in all 12 individual events. The 200 medley relay of Rivers, first-year junior Jen O’Leary (West Suffield), sophomore Colleen King (Barkhamsted) and sophomore Erin McVeigh (Windsor) opened the meet with a one-second victory and the 200 freestyle relay of sophomore Marissa Colley (East Haven), Schapp, McVeigh and Rivers was the fastest at the finish by just over two seconds on an exhibition basis in the  final event of the day.

Two sophomores  equally split Western’s six first-place finishes. Katherine Meerman (Danbury), last year’s Little East Conference Rookie Swimmer-of-the-Year and LEC winner in the 100 and 200 backstroke and 500 freestyle, captured the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly Saturday, and Danielle Leprine claimed Western’s other three firsts in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.

Eastern visits Massachusetts Dartmouth Saturday for a noon start.