Dominant win for Mules

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Colby College first-years Addie Paige and Hannah Griffin both won three individual events and each were part of a winning relay in the Mules' 217-77 win over Brandeis University in the women's swimming and diving home opener Saturday.

After taking a 149-146 dual meet win over Brandeis last year, the Mules had a dominating win this year behind nine individual victories from first-year swimmers. 
 
"The meet was a good reflection of the teams’ collective focus and dedication to training over the first part of the season," Colby head coach Tom Burton said. "It also shows the significant improvement we have made in a year. Last year, both the women’s and men’s meet with Brandeis went down to the last relay."
 
Paige had victories in the 100-yard butterfly (59.84), 200 butterfly (2:14.09), and 500 freestyle (5:17.80). She also swam the third leg of the winning (1:54.46) 200 medley relay team of Katherine King, Katie Tuohy, and Katie Carroll.   
 
Griffin earned wins in the 200 freestyle (2:01.01), 200 backstroke (2:13.55), and 200 individual medley (2:17.00). She also swam the second leg for the winning (1:43.17) 200 freestyle relay team of Carroll, Hannah McGrath, and Georganna Benedetto. 
 
Tuohy, another first-year, won two events in taking the 100 breaststroke (1:10.21) and 200 breaststroke (2:33.66). The Mules also received individual wins from Carroll in the 50 freestyle (25.61), first-year Lacey Wright in the 1,000 freestyle (10:58.12), first-year Tess White in the 100 freestyle (56.69), and divers Steph Fawell (pictured) on the 3-meter board (174.00) and Kirsten Johnston in 1-meter diving (184.25).
 
Benedetto (100 freestyle and 1,000 freestyle), Abigail Taylor-Roth (200 freestyle), McGrath (100 backstroke, 200 backstroke), White (50 freestyle), Fawell (1-meter diving), Wright (500 freestyle), Carroll (100 butterfly), and Alicia Elliott (3-meter diving) all had runner-up finishes.
 
"We swam and dove well, especially for the weekend before examinations," Burton said. "It was a nice capstone meet for the end of the semester,  which will be a good motivator for our training efforts moving forward."
 
The Mules head off to their winter training trip in Ponce, Puerto Rico, before returning to action against Hamilton College on Sunday, Jan. 6, at noon at Wesleyan University.