SHU Swimmers Move Up to Fifth After Day Two

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Following day two of the Northeast Conference Swimming Championship, Sacred Heart moved into fifth place with 212 points.  Central Connecticut (492) holds a narrow two-point edge over Saint Francis-PA (490) heading into the final day of competition.

The 200-yard medley relay team of freshman Nicole Del Nero (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.), sophomore Laurie Casado (Queens, N.Y.), freshman Liz Bennett (Fairbanks, Alaska), and sophomore Meg Bellamy (Barrington, R.I.) broke the school record, set at the 2009 ECAC meet, with a sixth place finish in a time of 1:51.97.

Junior Meghan Bailey (Walpole, Mass.) as well as Del Nero and Bennett scored in the first heat of the 400-yard individual medley.  The SHU trio came in one after another at sixth, seventh, and eighth with times of 4:38.59, 4:43.28, and 4:45.35, respectively.  Bailey's time broke her own school record set in last year's NEC Championship.

The Pioneers also received points from junior Allison Thurston (Berlin, Conn.) and freshman Caitlyn Hracs (Trumbull, Conn.), and Bellamy in the 400 IM second heat with times of 4:44.91, 4:46.53, and 4:51.11.

Senior Katie Marshall (Cumberland, R.I.) took third in the 100-yard butterfly with a school record time of 57.89 seconds, beating her previous record of 58.68 set in 2009.  Casado took sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.09, while sophomore Stephanie Walters (Wanaque, N.Y.) scored with a time of 1:10.63.

Del Nero, Bailey, and freshman Hayley McGill (Old Lyme, Conn.) each scored in the 100-yard backstroke.  Del Nero posted the best time for the Pioneers at 1:01.60, while Bailey and McGill followed closely behind at 1:02.51 and 1:03.09.

The Northeast Conference Swimming and Diving Championship wraps up from MIT with the final day of competition Saturday.

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