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Coast Guard Academy Sports Roundup

Coast Guard defeated in basketball games, competes in swimming and indoor track meets

The Coast Guard Academy lost two basketball games on Saturday, but posted strong individual performances in swimming and diving as well as indoor track meets. The following information was provided by Jason Southard, sports information director at the Coast Guard Academy:

Men's Basketball: WPI 82, Coast Guard 76

Senior Matt Carr had a game-high 25 points while freshman Sam Longwell had 15 of his career-high 18 points in the first half leading Worcester Polytechnic Institute to a 82-76 win over Coast Guard in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

WPI shot 62.5 percent from the floor in the second half (15-24) and finished 32-56 from the field (57.1 percent) while making seven of 17 from three-point range.

Carr was 12 of 15 from the floor while Longwell did most of his damage from behind the arc, hitting five of ten from three-point range while leading the team with four assists.

Sophomore Ryan Kolb added 11 points and along with Carr led the team with eight rebounds each while freshman Marco Coppola and added ten points in the win.

WPI improves to 16-4 overall and 6-2 in conference play while the Bears drop to 7-12 overall and 1-8 in the NEWMAC.

The Engineers jumped out to a 22-8 lead with 14:17 left in the opening half and maintaining a double-figure lead for the rest of the half and led 43-33 at the break. Longwell was four of seven from three-point range and had 15 points at halftime.

WPI pushed the to 73-58 with 7:25 left before the Bears responded with nine straight capped by three-pointer by sophomore Devonte Weems to make the score 73-67 with 5:05 remaining, but the Engineers held on to beat the Bears for the 12th straight time in the regular season.

Sophomore Kevin Sowers and senior Trip Fernandes led the Bears with 14 points each while Sowers tied a season-high with six assists.

Junior Greg Marshall and freshman David Anderson each finished with 11 points while junior Jimmy Knudsen (eight points) and sophomore John Benedict led the way with five rebounds each. Freshman Jesse Hughes had the best game of his young career posting career-highs with seven points, four rebounds and five assists.

Coast Guard was 26-60 from the floor (43.3 percent) and made seven of 17 from behind the arc.

WPI outrebounded the Bears 40-28.

Women's Basketball: Smith 73, Coast Guard 51

Rosa Drummond, Paulina Solis, and Maddie Page each scored 12 points leading Smith College to a 73-51 win over Coast Guard in a NEWMAC game.

The win improves Smith's overall record to 16-4, with an 11-3 NEWMAC record. Coast Guard falls to 5-14, and 1-3 NEWMAC with their ninth straight loss.

Drummond got things going by draining a three on the first possesion of the game, and Amanda Zakoske fed Lizzy BelBruno for a hoop and a quick 5-0 lead. A pair of baskets from the Bears' Alexa Hunko trimmed the deficit to one, but Smith pulled out to a 13-6 advantage on Solis' fast break layup.

Solis and classmate Alyssa Barrett sandwiched three pointers around a layup from Sydney Parkmond to up the lead to 21-9, and the Pioneers continued to pull away as Solis fed Ellie Giles for a jumper and a 37-16 lead. Brittany Purington's fast break layup with 47 seconds left in the half gave the Pioneers their biggest advantage at 41-17.

Drummond knocked down two more threes early in the first half to push the advantage to 49-22, and Smith never looked back, leading by as many as 31 on Ellie Giles' free throws with 3:46 to go. The Bears finished the game on an 11-2 run to set the final score.

Every Smith player got in the game for at least 10 minutes, and all Pioneers scored but one.

Brittney Zimmerman led all scorers with 14 points for Coast Guard while Kaitlin Ward had 12 and Alexa Hunko added a season-high ten points and team-high six rebounds off the bench in the loss. Samantha Coonan added a career-high four assists.

Swimming and Diving

Freshman Christian Brindamour won a pair of events and was part of winning relay leading the Bears to a 211-68 win over Wesleyan in the final dual meet of the season.

Brindamour won the 100 backstroke (54.19) and the 100 freestyle (47.96), Orlando Morel won both the one-meter (216.07) and three-meter (213.82) diving events while Marco Tinari won the 500 freestyle (4:49.17) and the 1,000 freestyle (9:57.37) as the Bears finished 10-2 in dual meets this season.

Also for Coast Guard, Brian McGuiness won the 200 freestyle (1:46.08), , Michael Piantedosi won the 100 breaststroke (1:00.72), Tim Early won the 200 butterfly (1:58.68), Johnson Knox won the 50 freestyle (21.88), Kevin Smit won the 200 backstroke (2:02.65) and Preston Strobel won the 100 butterfly (52.79).

The Bears 200 medley relay team of Bryan Andrews, Derrian Duryea, Strobel and Knox won with a time of 1:37.55 while the 400 freestyle relay team of Brindamour, Knox, Dan Beshoar and McGuiness won with a time of 3:11.08.

Coast Guard will now prepare for the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships which take place Feb. 17-19th at MIT.

In the women's competition, freshman Sara Cantrell won the one-meter (206.85), and the three-meter (216.45) diving events in a 202-93 loss to Wesleyan in the final dual meet of the season.

Freshman Caitlin Gever won the 50 freestyle in 25.51 for the Bears who finish the dual meet portion of the season with a record of 5-8.

The Bears will now prepare for the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships which take place Feb. 17-19th at MIT.

Indoor Track

Sophomore Adam Scalesse won the 60 meter hurdles as the Bears tied for sixth at the Tufts Invitational.

Coast Guard tied for sixth place with Navy Prep with 48 points. Host Tufts won with 125 points while UMass Dartmouth was second with 87.5 points.

Scalesse won the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.32.

The Bears 4x400 relay team of freshman Kelcey Smith, freshman Ben Hannon, Scalesse and freshman Joe Kelly were second with a time of 3:29.57 while the Bears 4x800 relay team of sophomore Jordan Lee, freshman James Martin, freshman Zack Kearney and sophomore Brad Pienta took fourth with a time of 8:27.59.

Senior Kemron Beach was fourth in the shot put (47 feet, 3.75 inches), Kelly was fourth in the 600 meters (1:24.12), Lee was fifth in the 800 meters (2:00.14) while sophomore Clay Kosack took seventh in the heptathlon with 3,744 points.

In the women's competition, freshman Beth Gollin won the mile run leading Coast Guard to an eighth place finish at the Tufts Invitational.

The Bears placed eighth of the 19 teams finishing with 33 points. Host Tufts won easily with 199 points while Worcester State was second with 92 points.

Gollin won the mile run with a time of 5:16.96.

Sophomore Abby Bishop placed fourth and broke the school record in the pentathlon with 2,791 points, her previous record was 2,706 set at the Indoor DIII New England Championships last year at MIT. Her top marks in the competition were in the 60 hurdles and the 800 meters. Her hurdles time of 10.06 was the fifth overall mark in the competition and her 800 meters time of 2:32.49 was the third fastest time in the field of 14 competitors. Bishop also cleared 1.42 in the high jump, leapt 4.61 meters in the long jump and threw the shot put 8.59 meters.

A trio of sophomores had solid performances as Hannah Seeland was fourth in the weight throw (44 feet, 9.5 inches), Emily Trudeau was fifth in the shot put with a toss of 37 feet, 2.25 inches and Meghan Kalinowski was sixth in the 3,000 meters (10:59.40).

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