Bears Second at Connecticut Cup

Addy Rutkoske
Addy Rutkoske

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The Coast Guard women's swimming and diving team came in second at the 2015 Connecticut Cup hosted by Wesleyan University. 

The Bears were edged by Conn. College who won the meet with 475 points. Coast Guard was second with 463 followed by Wesleyan with 253. The other schools attending the meet were Eastern Connecticut, Trinity, and Western.

It was a strong start to the meet for the Bears as senior Patti Eidenire, freshman Kristen Young, sophomore Vicky Talens, and freshman Addy Rutkoske won the 200 free relay in 1:39.22 just barely beating Conn. College who finished in 1:39.23.

Rutkoske followed up the win in the relay with a win in the 100 breast with a time of 1:08.66. Young earned another first place finish for Coast Guard in the 100 fly (59.02).

For the fourth event in a row the Bears were on top as freshman Christine McCulla was the top swimmer in the 500 free (5:14.60). Coast Guard made it five in a row after that as freshman Samantha Kenis won the 100 back in 1:01.21.

The Bears had their first finish outside of first in the 50 free as Eidenire touched the wall in the 50 free in 24.74.

Coast Guard got back to their winning ways as Kenis, Rutkoske, freshman Cece Marzinsky, and McCulla won the 400 medley relay in 4:04.01. They also earned a third place finish in this event as senior Abby Isaacs, sophomore Julianne Rogers, senior Megan Toomey, and Brooke Harkrade covered the 400 yards in 4:15.08.

Kenis earned her third win of the day and set the Coast Guard Academy school record touching the wall first in the 200 backstroke (2:09.50) while Young snagged her second first place finish of the day in the 100 free (53.58).

Rutkoske and Rogers took one and three in the 200 breaststroke in 2:30.77, and 2:34.98 respectively. Marzinsky registered her first open win of the day topping the field in the 200 fly.

McCulla continued to boost the Bears first place totals as she was first in the 200 free (1:57.64).

Rogers earned her third top three finish of the day finishing in third in the 50 breast (32.36).

Coast Guard was first and third once again in another relay as McCulla, Young, Talens, and Eidenire won the 400 free relay in 3:39.64, and sophomore Maddie Heist, senior Carly Campbell, freshman Kayla Ishida, and Marzinsky finished third in 3:49.87.

The Bears are back in action after the holidays when they take on Wellesley and Babson in NEWMAC action on January 7th.