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Boston College Olympic Sports Weekly Recap

IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Championships 2017 Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images

The fall Olympic Sports schedule officially came to an end over the last week, with the fencing team and the swimming and diving team wrapping up their schedules until the calendar turns to 2018.


The men’s and women’s teams were both in action at the Brandeis Invitational on Saturday, facing off in meets with five other schools. Results were similar for the two teams, with both picking up convincing wins against Incarnate Word while falling to the teams from St. John’s, Cornell, Yale, and North Carolina.

Laura Donovan and Cam Mayer lead the way for their respective teams, with Donovan going 9-5 while Mayer went 10-5, a record that included a victory over St. John’s 2017 NCAA gold medalist Adras Nemuth.

The fencing schedule will continue in late January, when the Eagles host the Northeast Fencing Conference Duals.


A victory for both men’s and women’s diving ended the first half schedule for Boston College, as the Eagles took down Williams College in convincing manner.

The men’s side won a 199.5-91.5 victory, highlighted by Taylor Cortens setting a pool record with his time of 2:03.92 in the 200 breaststroke. Colin O’Leary, Michael Hinton, and Colin Deredyn were some of the others who won victories for BC, with Daniel Creighton and Brendon Gatward placing first and second in the 200 backstroke.

The women’s team won a 176-124 victory and saw Maura Grimes set a pool record of her own in the 50 backstroke with a time of 26.53. The Eagles placed first second and third in the 200 medley relay and saw Katherine Karle, Victoria Lin, Cecilia O’Reilly, and Erika Freeman win victories in their races.

The Eagles will be back in the pool on January 12, when they travel to New York to take on Marist College.