The Sacred Heart University women's swimming and diving team opened the NEC Championships at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. with two school records. The Pioneers accumulated 52 points in the first two events, both relays, and are in fifth place.
The Pioneers opened the meet with a school record swim in the 200 medley relay, touching at 1:47.79, lowering a mark (1:48.48) set in 2014. Anna Brown led off the relay with a split of 27.62 and was followed by Jessica Poole (30.06), Bryana Cielo (26.40) and Caleigh Dion (23.71) as the team touched in seventh place.
The 800 freestyle relay team lowered the school mark by more than four seconds, placing fifth with a swim of 7:37.01. Lauren Somers anchored the relay with a team-best split of 1:51.66. Olivia Decas led off the effort with a 1:55.10, followed by Kim Hylan (1:55.64) and Jillian Crosby (1:54.61).
The NEC Swimming & Diving Championship continues Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. with preliminary heats in the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, and 50 freestyle, as well as one-meter diving. Final heats of those events will be swum Thursday night, beginning at 6:00 p.m.