Women's Swimming Claims First Victory, Downing RIC, 147-86

Women's Swimming Claims First Victory, Downing RIC, 147-86

DANBURY, CT – Sophomores Rachel Peet (New Fairfield, CT) and Olivia Wright (East Hartford, CT) each won three events, while classmate Albertine Rwabukamba (Redding, CT) notched a pair of first place finishes as the Western Connecticut State University women's swimming and diving team captured its first victory of the season, downing visiting Rhode Island College, 147-86, on Friday evening at the O'Neill Center Pool. 

"I'm really proud of how the team swam today. We had the opportunity to swim around some events and showcase other swims," said WestConn head coach Jill Cook following the win in which her team improved to 1-4 overall. 

After the Colonials notched the first event win in the 200-yard medley relay, Peet touched the wall in 12:25.51 to seize the top spot in the 1,000-yard freestyle. Shortly thereafter, she notched first in the 50-yard free in 28.56 before claiming the top spot in the 500-yard free in a time of 6:04.12. 

Wright racked up her first individual win in the 50-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 33.52 before earning victories in the 100-yard back and 50-yard butterfly. 

Rwabukamba began her night with a first place showing in the 50-yard breaststroke with a season-best time of 38.18. Moments later, she garnered honors in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:27.19. 

Sophomore Juliana Bell (Bethel, CT) also got in on the winning action for the Colonials, as she wrapped up a win in the 100-yard free, earning nine points while tapping out at 28.56. 

Senior Sydney Curran (North Kingstown, RI) paced the Anchorwomen with victories in the 200-yard free, 200-yard IM, and the 100-yard butterfly as the lone racer. With the loss, RIC dropped to 1-4. 

WestConn returns to action for a meet with John Jay hosted by the College of New Rochelle on Thursday at 6:45 p.m.