The University of Rhode Island women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up their season this past weekend, finishing ninth out of 11 teams at the Atlantic 10 Championships and falling two spots from last year.
Overall the Rams had trouble securing points. They finished with just 152 points total, 37 points behind the eighth-place Saint Louis University Billikens and 434 points from the first place University of Richmond Spiders.
“They hung tough and they had a good finish to the season,” Rhode Island head coach Mick Westkott said. “I was disappointed for them they didn’t have a better weekend.”
Nevertheless there were some bright spots in the meet, which included a solid showing by Carly Deliberty. Deliberty was able to grab 14th in the 200-yard breaststroke, 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke and competed in the 400-yard medley relay, in which she finished 10th. Deliberty was able to garner points in all of those events, helping Rhode Island move up from the bottom.
Lauren Folkert also stood out, as she was able to grab points in the 200-yard breaststroke, finishing in 13th, just three seconds behind the first place swimmer Steff Maurer of George Mason University. Â Folkert also took part in the 800-yard freestyle relay, in which finished in ninth and received points.
“There were a lot of nerves from the time I missed, especially in the biggest meet of the year,” Rhode Island senior swimmer Chaya Zabludoff said. “First place didn’t really get faster, and I still hold a conference record, so I was proud and I think the senior class left a legacy behind. We changed this program for the better.”
Zabludoff swam individually in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle races, finishing fourth and sixth in those races respectively, and with points in each.
In addition to swimming those events, Zabludoff was also a part of four separate relay teams. The relay teams, however, failed to place in the upper half of the competition, finishing no better than seventh out of eleven teams in any of them.
“This is the best team we have had,” Westkott said. “There are no regrets about who they were and how they did this semester. I was very proud of what they did this year.”