Blue Swimming & Diving Cruises Past Franklin Pierce In Season Opener

Sophomore Danielle Peterson (Livingston, N.J.) won three individual events in Wellesley's victory over Franklin Pierce (Tiana Aument).
Sophomore Danielle Peterson (Livingston, N.J.) won three individual events in Wellesley's victory over Franklin Pierce (Tiana Aument).

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College swimming & diving kicked off the 2017-18 season with a sweep of Franklin Pierce University, winning all 15 events to take a 239-18 victory on Saturday afternoon at Chandler Pool. 

Wellesley earns their first dual meet win of the season, while Division II Franklin Pierce is now 2-6 in their inaugural season of swimming & diving. 

Sophomore Danielle Peterson (Livingston, N.J.) paced the Blue with first place times in three events. Peterson won the 200 Free in 2:03.22, the 100 Breaststroke at 1:10.51, and the 200 IM with a time of 2:18.01, Peterson also helped guide Wellesley to a first place finish in the 200 Medley Relay. Wellesley finished first in both relays with times of 1:58.56 in the 200 Medley and 1:53.12 in the 200 Free. 

Making her collegiate debut, first year Emily Yeager (Pittsfield, Mass.) took first in the 50 Backstroke with a time of 30.24 and the 100 back in 1:03.43. Junior Jessie Feng (Princeton, N.J.) also recorded a pair of wins, finishing at 1:01.78 in the 100 Fly and in 5:34.17 for the 500 Free.

Three more Wellesley first years recorded wins in their first collegiate meet. Jessica Wu (Palo Alto, Calif.), finished in 33:81 in the 50 Breaststroke. Solveig Stensland (Lino Lakes, Minn.) finished the 100 Free in 56.96 and Emma Helmich (Huntington, Ind.) won the 50 Fly with a time of 28:11. Also in action, sophomore Kayleigh Svensson (Palo Alto, Calif.) led the Blue in the 50 Free, clocking in at 26:18. 

In diving, senior Maura Sticco-Ivins (Framingham, Mass) recorded victories on both the 1 and 3-meter boards, with scores of 286.60 and 265.20.

Wellesley will return to action next Saturday, November 11, at 1:00 PM when they travel to Simmons College. Franklin Pierce will travel to Saint Michael's College in a tri meet against the hosts and Merrimack College on Friday, November 10 at 1:00 PM.