On Monday, Oct. 28 the Fairfield University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams hosted the Fairfield Invitational to commence the 2019-2020 season. The pool’s visitors included the Central Connecticut State University women’s team, the Pace University men’s and women’s teams, the Sacred Heart University women’s team and the men’s and women’s Southern Connecticut State University teams. 

The Fairfield University women’s team, who are the reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Champions for the second year in a row, was still high off of their win from last February. 

Sophomore Sara Ostensen won a trio of events. Her first victory was in the 800 meter freestyle by a 7.9 second margin with a time of 9:35.51. She then dominated the 200 meter butterfly (2:26.80), as well as the 400 meter freestyle (4:39.11)

Her teammates Morgan Rogers ‘23, Colleen Young ‘20, Morgan Hansen ‘21 and Maria Nitti ‘21 comprised the 200 meter medley relay team which finished in 2:07.83. This earned the women’s program’s their first relay win of the 2019 season. The relay team’s anchor swimmer, Nitti, recorded the fastest split of the entire relay event at 27.60 seconds. 

Much like the women’s team, the men’s team swept the 200 meter medley relay. Swimmers Evan Fair ‘22, Benjamin Kebbell ‘21, Jordan Rahurahu ‘20 and Peter Gori ‘22 finished in 1:48.94. The Stags dominated the 100 meter breaststroke, locking up the first seven ranks. First-year Guillem Perez took home first place, with a stellar 1:08.55 performance. 

Fair cleaned up individually, claiming the top spot in the 200 meter backstroke (2:13.40) to add to his day’s accomplishments. 

The men’s team came away with the win. Their 702 total points more than doubled the scores of their competitors. Southern Connecticut State University finished with 342 points in second place, and Pace University came in last, compiling 294 points. 

The women placed third of five competing teams with 444 points. They ranked behind Central Connecticut State University (474 points) and cross-town foes Sacred Heart University (453 points), edging out Pace University (125 points) and finally, Southern Connecticut State University (96 points).

Swimming and diving will travel up to Chestnut Hill, Mass. for the New England Catholic Invitational hosted by Boston College from Friday, Oct. 4 to Saturday, Oct. 5.


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