The Bentley women’s swimming-and-diving team recently recorded its first unbeaten dual meet season since 2010-11.
The common thread? A Kaduboski competing in her senior season.
At last weekend’s Northeast-10 Conference championships, senior captain Kate Kaduboski of Dedham swam the final leg of Bentley’s victorious 4x100-yard freestyle relay at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Thanks to her final kick, in addition to first-place finishes in the 200- and 400-yard individual medleys, the closing leg in the 800-free relay, and a runner-up finish in the 200 backstroke, the Falcons placed second overall behind Assumption. She racked up a team-leading 57 points at the championship meet.
Her older sister, Anne, now an assistant coach at Bentley, was a member of the last Falcon women’s team to complete the dual meet season unbeaten, in 2010-11.
Kate, 22, a Dedham High grad, broke her own program records in the 200 and 400 IMs, and the 400 and 800 relays also set school records.
Kaduboski is currently an NCAA “B” cut (alternate) for the NCAA Division 2 championships, scheduled for mid-March in Indianapolis.
With the NE-10 finals complete, Kaduboski finally had a few free minutes to chat with the Globe.
Q. What was it like to finish the regular season undefeated for only the fourth time in program history?
A: We all just worked so hard and we’ve had a really strong and deep team this year, so we knew we could do great things. It was awesome to see our hard work pay off at every dual meet and at the NE10 Conference. . . . It was really cool to see the hard work we put in six days a week really did pay off.
Q. How have you been able to avoid fatigue considering the number of events that you compete and do well in?
A. It’s definitely hard being a student-athlete trying to balance all of our schoolwork with it, but I think just eating healthy, getting to bed early. Our coaches have been really good about giving us recovery days when we need it.
Q. What’s it been like to learn from your older sister?
A. She’s the best role model and sister I could ever ask for. I mean, she swam for Bentley from 2008-2011 so I’ve been around Bentley in the pool for as long as I can remember. Seeing her have so many school records and become an All-American has motivated me to be as good as she was.
Q. What drives your success in the pool?
A. My sister. She’s been there for me through injuries, ups and downs. She wasn’t a coach my freshman year, but she still was at every single meet I swam at. If I didn’t have her I would be nowhere near where I am today. My family has been my biggest supporters at every single meet too. Coach MK (Mary Kay Samko) has been such a great coach and she’s helped me through so much as well. I couldn’t have asked for a better coach.Thomas Herron can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.