Pioneers Defeat Saint Francis Brooklyn In Senior Day Dual

Members of the SHU Swimming & Diving team Class of 2017 were honored prior to their final home dual meet, February 4, 2017.
Members of the SHU Swimming & Diving team Class of 2017 were honored prior to their final home dual meet, February 4, 2017.

The Sacred Heart University women's swimming and diving team ended the dual meet portion of its season with a 130-74 win over Saint Francis Brooklyn at the McCann Natatorium.  The Pioneers posted a program-best 9-2 dual meet record during the 2016-17 season.

The Pioneers earned wins in nine of the 12 events, with senior Olivia Decas earning three wins in her final dual meet as a Pioneer.  Classmate Caleigh Dion earned two wins in her final dual meet, including a dual meet personal best swim in the 100 freestyle.

The nine wins is the most in a single-season for the Pioneers and earned SHU its first-ever winning record in dual action. 

The Pioneers now turn their attention to the Northeast Conference Championship, February 15-18 at MIT in Cambridge, Mass.

RELAY

  • Anna Brown, Jessica Poole, Cielo and Decas combined to win the opening 200 medley relay, touching at 1:54.56,  .41 in front of the Terrier relay
  • Seniors Julia Pedersen, Dion, Decas and Jillian Crosby teamed up to win the 200 free style relay, their final home swim as Pioneers.

SPRINT FREESTYLE

  • Dion touched first in the 100 freestyle, touching at 54.46, while Victoria Catizone touched third with a personal dual meet best time of 57.68
  • Lauren Somers won the 50 free for the Pioneers, touching at 25.02
  • Kim Hylan captured the 200 freestyle crown, finishing at 2:02.15

DISTANCE FREESTYLE

STROKES

  • Decas came from behind to win the 100 individual medley in a time of 1:03.68
  • Emily Shenk (1:02.99) out touched Hylan (1:03.07) as the Pioneers took the top three spots in the 100 backstroke, with Bryana Cielo touching third at 1:04.47
  • SHU also swept the top two spots in the 100 butterfly, with Nikole Rudis (1:04.48) and Dell'Isola (1:04.90)

DIVING