The Central Connecticut women's swimming team competed at Florida Gult Coast University on Saturday morning, squaring off against the host and 29th ranked FGCU, #17 N.C. State and Liberty University. The Blue Devils dropped all three contests, but head coach Bill Ball has been pleased with his team's work so far on their training trip.
"We had a solid meet and went up against some very strong competition today," Ball said. "Any time you can get in the pool against nationally-ranked competition is a plus. This trip has been about setting ourselves up to peak at the right time, and I'm happy with where we are right now. We still have some work to do and we're looking forward to getting back in our home pool for the next two meets."
The Blue Devils will be back in action at home on Saturday, Jan. 23 vs. LIU Brooklyn, and then again on Saturday, Jan. 30 vs. Sacred Heart, also at home. Following a trip to Wagner on Feb. 6, the Blue Devils will then prepare to defend their Northeast Conference title beginning on Feb. 24 at MIT.
The Blue Devils began Saturday's meet with a fifth place finish in the 200 yard medley relay. Freshman Kaitlyn Troy, sophomore Maddy Garber, junior Sabree Thomas and junior Christine Rasile posted a time of 1:47.94 to start things off.
Senior Alaina Papiro finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.48.
Christine Rasile was ninth in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 24.36. Garber was ninth and posted a time of 1.01.77 in the 100 yard individual medley, followed closely by junior Lisa Ward in 11th with a time of 1:02.64.
Christine Rasile posted another top-10 finish in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 53.69. Sophomore Lauren Czulewicz was right behind in 11th with a time of 54.22.
Garber posted the highest finish of the day for the Blue Devils in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.30. Freshman Kailey Demers (2:24.23) was seventh and Papiro (2:25.20) was eighth in the same race.
Thomas was sixth in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 59.23.