S&D: Cougars Top Bridgewater State, 151-133, in Home Opener

S&D: Cougars Top Bridgewater State, 151-133, in Home Opener

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Clark University swimming and diving teams hosted their first home dual meet of the 2019-20 campaign with the women's squad rising in a 151-133 victory over Bridgewater State University while the men fell in a closely-contested 138-132 decision against the Bears at the Kneller Athletic Center Pool on Saturday afternoon.

On the women's side, the Cougars were led by a trio of multi-event winners in Allison Dubick (Cornwall, N.Y.), Charlotte Bedford (Etna, N.H.) and Mira Siewert (Worcester, Mass.).

Dubick earned top honors in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:05.09 while also finishing first in the 100-yard freestyle with a mark of 57.31. Bedford earned the top spot of the podium in both the 50-yard backstroke and the 100-yard backstroke with times of 29.85 and 1:03.70.

Siewert rounded out the multi-event winners for the Cougars as the graduate student finished in first place for the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 33.10 while duplicating the feat at the longer distance of 100-yards with a time of 1:14.05.  

Junior Alison Falder (New Milford, Conn.) provided support for the host as she swam to a first-place mark in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:42 to lead the field while also posting a second-place mark in the 100-yard butterfly at 1:06.91.

Additionally, the Cougars saw first-place finishes from first-year Jenny Lee (Honolulu, Hawaii) who nabbed her first collegiate victory with a time of 29.24 in the 50-yard butterfly while Anna Gilmartin (East Quogue, N.Y.) won the 3-meter dive uncontested with 139.50 points.

In the relay portion, the team of Bedford, Siewert, Falder, and Dubick posted a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley with a time of 1:59.53 to narrowly edge the Bears second-place squad by a tenth of a second.

On the men's side, Clark University was paced by Bernave Twyman (Lafayette, Calif) as the first-year came away with a pair of first-place finishes. In the 500-yard freestyle, he posted a time of 5:07.26 to pace the field while outputting a 56.54 in the 100-yard butterfly to edge teammate Daniel Broderick (Tolland, Conn.) who finished second with a mark of 58.40.

Gor Bagumyan (Barrington, R.I.) had a first-place effort in the 50-yard freestyle with his time of 22.94 while Phillip Bogaevsky (Acton, Mass) finished first in the 100-yard freestyle at 1:01.31 to clip teammate Chris Whittington's (Edison, N.J.) second-place mark of 1:02.16.

Nick Sakoff (New York, N.J.) and Eric Cobert (Newton, Mass.) rounded out the top finishes for the Cougars with Sakoff leading the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:57.18 and Cobert recording a first-place mark in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:49.52. Cobert also put forth a second-place time in the 500-yard freestyle at 5:18.15.

The men's meet featured three lead-changes with the Bears going ahead on the scoreboard for the final time in the 100-yard individual medley following a first-place finish from Christopher Anastasiades. The visitors then held off Bagumyan, Whittington, Sakoff and Matt Finnegan (Rutland, Mass.) in the final race of the day in the 200-yard freestyle relay to give the Bears the meet victory.

Up Next

The Clark University swimming and diving teams return to the pool on November 16 when it travels to Babson College for a dual meet in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) starting at 2:00 pm in Wellesley, Mass.