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Men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs host Holy Cross on Seniors Day

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence College men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs hosted Holy Cross on Jan. 22 in Providence, RI It marked the final home meet of the 2021-22 season for the Brethren at the Taylor Natatorium and served as the day program senior. The men beat Holy Cross convincingly, 193-95, while the women fell to the Crusaders by a narrow margin (154-146).

Seth Brodnick, Justin ViottoWill Layden and McGovern Brown swept the men’s freestyle individual events. Brodnick topped the 800-meter freestyle with a time of 8:38.21, 10 seconds faster than teammate Nick Garrepy – and 25 seconds faster than his closest competitor at Holy Cross. Brodnick also took top honors in the 400-meter freestyle, clocking 4:14.14. Viotto beat his teammate Alex Beauchene (1:56.59) for first place in a competitive 200-meter freestyle finish, hitting the wall in 1:56.51. Brown was the top finisher in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 24.04, and Layden won first in the 100-meter freestyle (52.63).

Domination continued as Layden, Aidan HughesBrown and Viotto teamed up to win the 400-metre freestyle relay (3:33.21).

The men also won the 200 meter medley relay as Brown, Kevin Hood, Ryan Sharp and Layden beat the field with a time of 1:45.30.

Hood took first place in the 100-metre breaststroke with a final time of 1:04.81, while Will Karafanda completed the individual winners for the Brothers, claiming first place in both 1-metre diving rounds. In the first round, Karafanda recorded a score of 281.70 and finished the second round with a score of 282.97.

On the women’s side, the Friars kicked off the competition with a first place finish in the 200-meter medley relay. The team of Sally Alrutz, Hannah Weber, Catherine Winklosky and Courtney Reilly finished the event in a time of 2:03.80.

Alrutz then took an individual victory in the 100-meter backstroke with a final score of 1:06.18, and also earned a victory in the 100-meter butterfly (1:06.97).

Madeline O’Connor got the best of a thrilling finish in the 200-meter butterfly with a first-place finish in 2:29.91. She beat Holy Cross competitor Ava Westfall, who hit the wall in 2:08.75. O’Connor also won the 200 meter IM at the meet (2:28.90).

Taylor Loud took the win in the 50-meter freestyle (27.93) and Reilly topped the field in the 100-meter freestyle (1:00.09).

Taylor Barber completed the list of individual winners in the women’s category by taking first place in the first round (1 of 2) of the 1 meter dive, with a total of 271.20 points.

The Providence College swimming and diving programs will hit the road to close out the double meet against the University of Maine on Jan. 29 in Orono, Maine. Final preparation for the BIG EAST Championships will take place at the Husky Invitational on February 5, and the brothers will travel to East Meadow, NY for the BIG EAST Championships from February 23-26.