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Boston College Olympic Sports Weekly Recap

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It was a busy week across Boston College for Olympic Sports, with almost every team in action at some point over the last seven days.

SWIMMING

The women’s swim team wrapped up their season with a solid performance at the ACC Conference Championships, a four day event that ran from the 14th to the 17th. The Eagles set six new program records and saw 27 career-best performances over the course of the competition.

Freshman Ali Kea was the standout performer for BC, setting a school record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.25 while also recording the school’s second fastest time in the 100-yard freestyle (51.28). Kea was also a member of five different relay teams, three of which set record-breaking times.

That puts a wrap on the women’s swimming season. The men will compete on their side of the ACC Conference Championships beginning on February 21.

TENNIS

It was a busy weekend for tennis at Boston College, with the men’s side in action three times and the women twice.

The men had a perfect 3-0 weekend easily defeating teams from Southern New Hampshire (7-0), Boston University (6-1) and Bentley (6-1). Kent Mukai won three singles matches and three doubles matches for a perfect 6-0 weekend while Derek Austin recorded an also perfect 5-0 record. This was the first time that the Eagles have won three consecutive matches since their 2015 dual season. They will look to make it four in a row when they take on Brown on February 20.

The women’s side had an up and down weekend, dropping their ACC opener to Syracuse on Friday 5-2 before rebounding and easily defeating Yale 7-0 on Saturday. Jackie Urbanti went 3-1 on the weekend including a perfect 2-0 in her singles matches to lead the Eagles while Asiya Diar, Natasha Irani, and Dasha Possokhova also won multiple victories. BC has two more matchups this weekend, taking on Harvard and Brown before they fully dive into ACC play.

FENCING

It was Beanpot weekend for the fencing teams, with BC facing off against opponents from Harvard, Brandeis, and MIT on both the men’s and women’s sides.

The women’s team took second in the tournament, bouncing back from an early loss to Harvard to go 2-1, a record that included a close 14-13 win over MIT. Laura Donovan and Crystal Chen posted the best individual records of the day for the Eagles, both going 6-3.

The men had a tougher go of it, going 0-3 and finishing in last place. The closest contest was again against MIT, with the Eagles this time falling by a score of 14-13. Both sides will now turn their attention to the ACC Championship, which will take place this weekend with North Carolina as the host.

SKIING

The ski team finished their regular season at the Williams College Winter Carnival. The men finished in 11th in the Giant Slalom and ninth in the Slalom while the women finished in tenth and 11th respectively.

Carter Robinson was the best Eagle of the day, finishing 12th in a field of 71 in the Slalom event. Robinson was also the fastest from BC in the Giant Slalom, where he finished 26th out of 62.

Up next for BC are the NCAA regionals, which will take place this weekend in Middlebury, Vermont.