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A Battle with Providence

The University of Maine Men’s and Women’s swim and dive teams dove into their home pool on Jan. 27 against the Providence Friars.  

The event started with the women’s 200-yard medley relay. With four units from The Black Bears and three from the Friars. With a time of 1:49:49. The Black Bears unit, which consists of third-year Madison Edwards, fifth-year Kayla Loughman, second-year Isabelle Irani, and fifth-year Kennady Kilger took the win. 

Shortly after the Lady Black Bears won, the Men’s 200 Yardley relay was next. The men’s unit of third-year Cameron Watelet, first-year Nick Partridge, second-year Calvin Comeau, and third-year Finn Devers was close in second with a time of 1:34:32, just four seconds behind the Friars.  

The Friars dominated event number three, the 1000-yard freestyle, with fourth-year Rebecca Thompson coming in fourth for the black bears. Followed by the men, Kaden Kilger came in second with a time of 10:00.40. Friars once again dominated the 200-yard freestyle for both men and women. 

Edwards secured the win with a time of 1:00.56 in the 100-yard backstroke. Third-year Marlee Canale had a second-place win for the Black Bears, with a time of 1:01.56. Fourth-year Liam Hood secured a second in the 100-yard backstroke for the Black Bears. 

Loughman came on top for the 100-yard Breaststroke at 1:05.88. fourth-year Aubrey St.Pierre secures the third-place spot for the Black Bears. For the men’s 100-yard Breastroke, Partridge won for the Black Bears with a time of 58.51. Second-year Nate Teerlink and fourth-year Matt Kwan with points for the Black Bears. 

The lady Black Bears dominated the 200 Butterfly, with Mia Poirer coming in first with a time of 2:11.99 and Irani coming in second with a time of 2:13.02. The friars took the top three spots; Comeau took fourth for the event with a time of 2:01.11 for the men.

In the women’s 50-yard freestyle, Kennady Kilger secured first with a time of 24.85, and teammate Hannah Deighan took third with 25.07. Watelet came in 2nd for the Black Bears in the men’s 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.18.

Kennady Kilger and Hannah Deighan secured second and third for the Black Bears in the women’s 100-yard freestyle. For the men, Devers and second-year Julian Lapietra took second and third. 

Canale and Edwards came in second and third in the 200 backstroke, while Hood took second for the men. 

Loughman and first-year Eva Welsh take first and second for the Black Bears in the 200 Breaststroke. Partridge takes third for the men with a time of 2:12.27. 

Fourth-year Ainslie Boswell and second-year Carmen Braden take second and third for the women’s 500 freestyle. In the Men’s 500 Freestyle, Kaden Kilger came in first at 4:46.20.

In the 100-yard butterfly, Irani took third at 1:00.41, earning points for the Black Bears; Watelet came in first for the men at 51:18.

In the first event for diving, Black Bears Ashley LeClaire, Haylie Calver, Maddie Ruppert, and Lauren Deighan took the top four for women’s one-meter diving. In Men’s, fifth-year Riley Clark and second-year DJ Mulligan secured first and second place for the Black Bears, respectively.

Jason Gentile

In the three-meter diving, LeClaire, Ruppert, Calver and first-year Katherine Dwyer took the top four spots. Clark and Mulligan took first and second in the men’s. 

In the 200-yard IM, Welsh and fourth-year Lindsey Mathews took second and third, and Ian Mallari took second for the men. 

The Black Bears had four units, while the Friars had two for the Women’s 200-yard Freestyle. The Unit with Loughman, Kennedy Kilger, Mia Porier and Hannah Deighan won with a time of 1:38.11

For the final event, the men’s 200 freestyle, the Black Bears had five units, and the Friars had two. The Friars dominated the event. Maine had a unit come in second, Watelet, Devers, fourth-year Max Ginsburg and Kaden Kilger, with a time of 1:24.51.

The women’s team had a strong showing, with a final score of 166 to 133, securing the win. Meanwhile, the men fell 164 to 124. 

Both teams will travel to Lexington, Virginia, for the America East championships on Feb.14 

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