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.
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