Marshall Defends 200-Fly NEC Title; Pioneers Finish 5th

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Katie Marshall (Cumberland, R.I.) defended her title in the 200-yard butterfly at the Northeast Conference Swimming & Diving Championship by breaking her own school record with a time of 2:03.87.  As a team, the Sacred Heart University swimming team finished fifth with 294 points.

Marshall, the only Pioneer to medal on the weekend, earned a spot on the All-NEC team with her win in the 200-fly.

Junior Meghan Bailey (Walpole, Mass.) placed eighth in the 200-fly with a time of 2:10.59.  Junior Allison Thurston (Berlin, Conn.) and freshman Liz Bennett (Fairbanks, Alaska) also scored with times of 2:13.56 and 2:19.90, respectively.

In the 200-yard backstroke, freshman Nicole Del Nero (Spring Lake Heights, N.J.) scored with a time of 2:12.51.  Junior Laurie Casado (Queens, N.Y.) and sophomore Stephanie Walters (Wanaque, N.Y.) each scored in the 200-backstroke with Casado coming in at 2:29.33 and Walters at 2:30.75.

Sophomores Meg Bellamy (Barrington, R.I.) and Rachel McGrat (Dorchester, Mass.) along with freshman Hayley McGill (Old Lyme, Conn.) and Marshall swam to a sixth place finish in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:40.71.

Saint Francis (PA) trimmed a narrow margin to come from behind and overtake Central Connecticut, 791-759, to earn back-to-back NEC titles.

The Pioneers return to action at the ECAC Championships on February 24-27.