By Gordon Weigers, News Staff
The Northeastern women’s swimming and diving team earned a second place finish at the Dartmouth College Invitational last weekend.
In a meet with four teams, the Huskies went head-to-head with Dartmouth College, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Boston College (BC). Northeastern smothered UMass 238-115 and beat Boston College 278.50-74.50.
The triumph over BC was the largest dual-meet margin of victory on the weekend. Dartmouth earned the upper hand against Northeastern, outswimming the Huskies by a score of 179-174 and taking first place.
The meet was Dartmouth’s first win of the season after starting 0-4.
The Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt., hosted the swimming events of the weekend.
Christine Leong, Delaney Lanker, Taylor Ellis and Rachel Green teamed up in the 200 medley relay and set a new-meet record with a first-place time of 1:46.51. Ellis also set a new pool record in the 100 backstroke, edging out the previous record by .21 seconds. Lanker picked up a first-place finish in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:05.01.
Sophomore Sara Touchette-McGowan swam to a first-place showing in the 100 butterfly, breaking the pool record with a time of 56.16.
The diving portion of the meet took place on Dartmouth’s campus at the Karl Michael Pool. Sophomore diver Jacquelyn Gover nabbed 234 points in the three-meter dive, which was good for a fourth place finish in the event.
“This weekend’s meet was our best performance of the season,” head coach Roy Coates said. “I couldn’t be prouder of our team.”
The meet marked Coates’ return to Dartmouth, where he served as an assistant coach for four years prior to his 23-year tenure with the Huskies.
The Huskies take on LIU Brooklyn at Barletta Natatorium for senior day at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30.
Photo courtesy of Jim Pierce, Northeastern Athletics.