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Anchorwomen find their sealegs at Roger Williams University

Taylor Green, Anchor Staff

Photo by Taylor Green

The Rhode Island College Women’s Swim Team kicked off their season this Saturday, at an Invitational hosted by Roger Williams University. Swimming side by side with each of the teams they will later compete with, throughout the bulk of their season. With nine colleges and universities present, the deck was populated with dozens of swimmers getting ready to start their seasons. 
“Invitationals are used as a learning tool for the upcoming season,” Swim Coach Barry Fontaine explained. 
“They help us to gage where we are, and to get times for the season.” 
With only three girls swimming throughout the day, the Anchorwomen still managed to keep pace with their opponents. Freshman Hillevi Esquilin led the charge, managing two automatic qualifying times for the New Englands Championship competition at the end of the season, with Freshman Abby Dion close behind her with one qualifying time. Freshman Reegan Camire placed first in her heat in the 200 yard freestyle, placing 21st overall in that event for women. 
With only freshman on the roster this season, Coach says there will be a learning curve, but he had no ill words about his girls or their ability. At the end of the meet, the Anchorwomen held ninth place at the invitational, but it is not a loss. 
“Though we are small, the team is right where they should be,” Coach Fontaine elaborated.
The Anchorwomen swim next on Friday, October 25 at 5:00 pm in a Pentathlon Event at the University of Saint Joseph.