Kingston, R.I. (November 22) -- The Assumption College swimming and diving team broke seven program records this weekend at the Harold Anderson Invitational hosted by the University of Rhode Island including five individual records and two team records. Friday and Saturday's times also rank the Hounds among the top swimmers in the nation.
Carylyn Waite (Tampa, Fla. / Tampa Prep) led the Hounds on the day. The freshman notched three individual Assumption program records while also helping two relay squads to team records.
Waite's individual records came in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events in which she finished in record-breaking times of 24.30, 52.87 and 1:54.75, respectively. Her performances unseat seniors Elise Prayson (Dayton, Ohio / Archbishop Alter) and Katherine Medeiros (Mattapoisett, Mass. / Bishop Stang) from the record book. Waite topped Prayson's record in the 50 freestyle (24.65) and Mederios' record in the 100 free (53.80). Both seniors set the records last season.
In the 200 yard freestyle, Waite's time surpassed that of teammate Libby Gajewski (Biddeford, Maine / Catherine McAuley). Gajewski completed the event in 1:55.69 last season at the NE-10 Championships.
In all three of her individual performances, Waite's time lifted her to within the top 20 in the nation. In the 50 free, her time ranks her 20th, in the 100 free, she is now 12th and in the 200 free, Waite is 14th overall in the country.
In addition to her impressive individual efforts, Waite also helped the 400 medley relay team and the 200 freestyle relay squad to program records and national rankings.
The 400 yard medley squad, consisting of Waite and Medeiros in addition to junior Victoria Weber (Augusta, Maine / Cony), sophomore Rachel Gagnon (Tolland, Conn. / Tolland), touched the wall in a time of 3:53.51. Their time was over a full second faster than the previous Assumption record (3:55.26 set previously by Weber, Gagnon, Mederios and Gajewski) and ranks them fourth in the nation in addition to earning NCAA B cut honors.
In the 200 freestyle relay, Medeiros and Waite teamed up again, this time alongside Prayson and junior Rachel Ferris (Stephentown, N.Y. / Berlin). The foursome finished the race in 1:38.13, topping the previous record of 1:38.39 set by Prayson, Medeiros, Weber and Gajewski last season. With its time, the squad also ranks 10th in the country.
The two additional record-breaking finishes on the weekend came from Weber and freshman Niamh Morgan (Bettystown, Ireland / Sacred Heart School). Weber finished the 200 IM in 2:10.62 (19th in the nation), besting the previous program record of 2:10.69 set in 2012, while Morgan completed the 200 backstroke in 2:07.17 (17th in the nation). Morgan's time was just shy of the 2013 record of 2:07.50.
The pair also made up the only two members of the Assumption squad to claim overall victories on the day. Morgan claimed the gold medal in the 400 IM event in her time of 4:36.19. Her time renders her 18th in the nation.
Weber also took the gold in the 100 yard backstroke. The junior touched the wall in 58.68 and is now ranked 26th in the country with her time.
The Hounds were the only team to compete on the day that was not a Division I program. Rhode Island claimed the meet title with 1,033 team points while Maine clocked in with 641 points for second. Assumption tied for third (565) with Bryant University while Providence (382) and Holy Cross (262) rounded out the field.
Assumption is set to return to action on Dec. 5-7 at the WPI Gomepi Invitational.
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