-Location: Worcester, Mass. (WPI)
-The Lead: The Assumption College swimming team competed in the 2015 New England Invitational on Saturday in an unscored meet full of tough competition. Freshman Shannon Quirk (Wakefield, Mass. / Wakefield Memorial) broke the first Assumption record of the season while sophomores Niamh Morgan (Bettystown, Ireland / Sacred Heart School) and Carylyn Waite (Tampa, Fla. / Tampa Prep) earned multiple victories on the day.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
-Quirk earned the first victory of the day for the Hounds and broke the Assumption record in the 1,000 freestyle with her time of 10:36.14. The freshman shattered the previous program record of 10:37.07, set by Kerry Silva in February of 2012.
-Freshman Shannon Fitzsimmons (Andover, Mass. / Andover) followed Quirk in second place with her time of 11:13.84.
-Morgan racked up three gold-medal victories on the day including the 400 IM, the 100 backstroke and the 200 IM. Morgan won the 400 IM by a comfortable, five-second margin, clocking a time of 4:38.06. In the 100 backstroke, she finished with a time of 1:01.46, over a full second before the second-place finisher from Tufts. In the 200 IM, Morgan touched the wall in 2:14.70 for the win.
-Waite collected two wins in the competition, the first of which came in the 200 freestyle with her time of 1:56.01, followed by her win in the 100 free (54.67).
-Several other Hounds performed well individually including senior Victoria Weber (Augusta, Maine / Cony), who finished second in the 100 butterfly with her time of 1:00.40 as well as sophomore Courtney Barr (Waltham, Mass. / Matignon), who placed third in the 50 butterfly in 27.23.
-Barr and Weber also teamed up in the 200 medley relay, along with Waite and junior Rachel Gagnon (Tolland, Conn. / Tolland). The squad finished fourth with its time of 1:54.94.
-Weber and Waite also teamed up with freshmen Morgan Nicholls (East London, South Africa / Clarendon) and Caroline Cole (Highland Mills, N.Y. / Monroe Woodbury) in the 400 freestyle relay. Their team finished second with its time of 3:43.28.
-The Greyhounds return to action on Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Plourde Pool when they host Division I Sacred Heart at 4 p.m. Assumption topped the Pioneers last season by a score of 164-89.
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