Jillian Rice leads Bryant past Boston College

Jillian Rice swept the freestyle events versus Boston College.
Jillian Rice swept the freestyle events versus Boston College.

For the second time in as many seasons, the Bryant University women's swimming and diving team defeated Boston College. In this year's meeting, the Bulldogs won 156-144.

Trumbull native Jillian Rice out of St. Joseph, won all four of her events taking home victories in the 50, 100 and 200 yard freestyles before capping her night with a win in the 400 yard freestyle relay.

Rice, a junior, has now her last eight races against the Eagles, and 10-of-12 overall.

"We just needed to keep the momentum,” said head coach Katie Cameron. “We were swimming really well and I think we just needed to pay attention to the details. They swam a steady meet and were able to pull out the win."

Rice, an applied psychology major, enjoyed a dominant year for the Bulldogs in 2016-17 when she earned 26 first-place finishes and 34 top-three finishes on the year.

Rice helped the 800 free relay team win a gold medal for the first time at the NEC Championships.

She was also a member of the 200 medley relay that finish fourth and set a school record at the NECs.

Rice earned a bronze medal in the 200 free, finished eighth in the 50 free and ninth in the 100 free.

The Bulldogs host Bucknell next Friday night at the Chace Athletic Center Pool.