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Boston College Olympic Sports Weekly Recap

Opening Ceremony Rio 2016 Olympic Games Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

A dominant performance, national honors, and early season competitions in this weeks Boston College Olympic Sports recap.


The Boston College sailing team was in dominant form all weekend, finishing first in two of their four regattas. The Eagles took home the top spot in both the NEISA Match Race Championships and in the Norman Reid Team Race, lead by a number of strong performances.

At the NEISA Match Race Championships, Scott Sinks, Wade Waddell, Tara Ferraris, and Peter Lynn took home first place with wins in all but two of their races over the two day event. Backed by their strong performances, BC qualified for the ICSA Match Race National Championship. For their efforts, the four Eagles were named the NEISA Coed Sailors of the week.

BC also took first in the Norman Reid Team Race which they hosted. Scott Rasmussen, Drake Lyon, Thomas Walden, Magan Bamford, Lauren Seigel, and Katharine Bowman were the Eagles of not for the competition.

In their two other regattas, Boston College took fifth at the Franklin Lane Trophy hosted by MIT and sixth at the Captain Hurst Bowl hosted by Dartmouth. The team will return to action next weekend with another series of regattas.

Cross Country

It was a weekend of Pre-Nationals for both the men’s and women’s team, with both competing against large fields in Louisville Kentucky.

The men’s team took 19th place in their field of 24, with junior Sean Burke leading the way. Burke ran his 8K in 24:31.5 to take 11th place overall in the event, a full 113 spots and 90 seconds better than the second fastest Eagle. Burke finished about 45 seconds off the pace set by Emmanuel Rotich of Tulane. Ohio State was the winning team on the day. The men will return to Louisville on October 27 to run the the ACC Championships.

The women competed in an even larger field over the weekend, placing 36th in their field of 43. It was a tough run for the Eagles, with Ashbrook Gwinn finishing the 6K in 134th place to pace BC on the day. Oregon took the honors on the day and Elinor Purrier of New Hampshire was the individual winner. BC will compete at the Central Connecticut mini-meet on October 20 in New Britain, Connecticut.

Swimming and Diving

It was a great weekend for BC’s Swimming and Diving team, as both the men and women took first place in the Northeast Catholic Invitational that they hosted over the weekend. The Eagles paced the seven team field thanks to a number of swimmers leading them to wins in several events.

For the women, Victoria Lin had the best day, winning both the 100 meter and 200 meter Fly. The Eagles also won a number of different relays, even placing teams in both first and third in both the 400 meter Medley and the 200 meter Medley.

The men also fared well over the weekend, taking first place in all but a handful of races on the day. Taylor Cortens was the dominant Eagle at the tournament, winning four events over the two days. BC won nearly every swimming event and both diving events to win the Invitational handily.

Both teams return to the pool over the weekend, where they will swim against Loyola on Monday and George Washington University on Saturday