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When Paul Nason ’68, M’22 received his undergraduate degree from Merrimack, it was a very different Merrimack than the one he will receive his graduate degree from on May 20.
It was a great day for the Warriors, as Merrimack Women’s Swimming made their way to Boston to take on Simmons University. In an afternoon filled with several personal bests, the Warriors came out with their first win of the season.
The team got out to a great start by placing first and third in the 400 Medley relay. After, they maintained a steady position by taking second, third and fourth in 1000 free, and placing first, second and third in the 200 free.
Cailin Currie Graduate student and Merrimack alumna Cailin Currie ’21 and freshman Lydia Molettieri competed in one of the most exciting races of the day, taking home first and second respectively in the 500. Less than a second separated them from the third place finisher from Simmons, and both Currie and Molettieri finished with season-best times.
“This truly was a team win for us, as every swimmer in the water scored points for us today,” said Coach Erin Cammann. “Heading down to Simmons, we knew we had some holes in our lineup due to injury and illness, and we are just coming off a hard training cycle, so the swimmers are definitely feeling a little beat up. But we’ve been talking a lot in practice about being stronger collectively than individually, and I think that was very evident in our races today. We had a lot of season-best times, and we had a ton of exciting races.”
Merrimack closed out the meet with a first- and second-place finish in the 200 free relay, in which the team of freshman Krystianna Strange, sophomore Jenna Durgin, Molettieri and Madison Rawnsley , senior and team captain, just out-touched the team of Currie, Gabby Miller, sophomore Abi McLeavy and sophomore Kayla Stone.