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BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – Elms College freshman women's swimmer Devon DeGrazia (Westport, Mass.) swam to three first place finishes to help lift the Blazers to a split in Thursday afternoon's men's and women's swimming dual meet at Bridgewater State University.
Elms' women's team won 141-125 to improve to 5-1 on the season, while the Blazers' men's team suffered a 141-112 loss to move to 2-2 overall.
On the women's side, DeGrazia clocked first place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle (2:05.69), the 50-yard freestyle (26.34) and the 100-yard backstroke (1:04.20). Classmate Ashley Kirchner (Dalton, Mass.) notched a new school record in the 100-yard butterfly (1:06.33) and also finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.38).
The women's team also finished one-two-three in the 50-yard breaststroke as junior Katie Roberts (Torrington, Conn.) swam to a first place time of 36.38, followed by senior Alison McBride (East Providence, R.I.) (39.64) and freshman Emily Schneider (West Kingston, R.I.) (40.79).
The 200-yard medley relay team of DeGrazia, Roberts, Kirchner and Bird also claimed top honors with a time of 2:02.62.
On the men's side, sophomore Mark Gehring (West Springfield, Mass.) totaled three top finishes in the 1650-yard freestyle (18:49.70), the 200-yard freestyle (2:03.21) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:30.16).
Juniors Garrett Brune (Lakeville, Mass.) and Nick Provost (Three Rivers, Mass.) each added two first place finishes. Brune won the 50-yard and 100-yard breaststrokes in times of 30:53 and 1:09.40 respectively, while Provost notched top times in the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.21) and the 200-yard individual medley (2:16.67).
The squad of Gehring, Brune, Provest and junior Aaron Coifman (Caracas, Venezuela) won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:54.58.
Both teams return to action on Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Mount Saint Mary (N.Y.) at 1:00 p.m.