West Hartford, Conn.--Freshman Wenona Alexander (Warwick, RI) finished first in three events as the Rhode Island College women's swimming team opened the 2018-19 season with a 116-60 loss at the University of Saint Joseph on Saturday afternoon.
University of Saint Joseph 116, Rhode Island College 60
University of Saint Joseph (1-0)
Rhode Island College (0-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Alexander, competing in her first collegiate event, finished first in the 100-yard freestyle (59.71), 50-yard butterfly (30.34) and the 200-yard IM (2:35.40). Those times have automatically qualified her for all three events at the 2019 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association Championships at MIT in February.
• Senior Madison Lane (Barrington, RI) finished first in the 100-yard backstroke (1:24.48) and second in the 50-yard backstroke (38.82).
• Junior Emily Butterfield (Cranston, RI) finished third in the 50-yard breaststroke (41.95) and fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:35.75).
• Alexander, Lane, Butterfield and freshman Athena Sampalis (West Greenwich, RI) finished second as part of the 200-yard medley (2:16.34).
• Sampalis finished second in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke and qualified for the NEISDA Championships in the 50-yd freestyle and the 50-yd breaststroke.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will compete at the University of Saint Joseph Blue Jay Pentathlon on Friday, October 26 (5 p.m.).