Oct. 23, 2009
The Sacred Heart University women’s swimming team opens the 2009-2010 season at the Rutgers Invitational in Piscataway, New Jersey this weekend. Picked to finish fifth in the Northeast Conference the Pioneers are led by head coach Richard Ludemann and senior national qualifier Katie Marshall (Cumberland, RI/Saint Mary Academy-Bay View).
Marshall is a scoring swimmer at both the NEC and ECAC championships and will compete in the 2009 USA Swimming Short Course Nationals in Federal Way, WA this December. Junior Jacklyn Balder (Levittown, NY/MacArthur) brings experience to the pool in the distance events and has been a consistent scorer in the NEC since her freshman year.
Sophomores Meghan Bailey (Walpole, MA/Walpole) and Allison Thurston (Berlin, CT/Berlin) will anchor the medley relay for the Pioneers. Junior Kelly Welsh strengthens the relay team as veteran backstroke swimmer.
Sophomore ECAC qualifier Laurie Casado (Queens, NY/The Mary Louise Academy) along with freshman Stephanie Walters (Wanaque, NY/Lakeland) will provide a double threat in the breaststroke for SHU. Freshman newcomer Juliette Wallerstein (Southbury, CT/Pomperaug) will also look to make a splash in the sprints in the NEC.
Junior transfer Drew Mulvey (Bridgewater, CT/Kent School) and sophomore Gillian Lozinak (Shelton, CT/O’Brien Tech) will be counted on to contend in the one and three meter diving events.
Next weekend Sacred Heart swims against NEC foes Wagner and St. Francis (NY) in Staten Island, NY on October 31. The Pioneers travel to Southern Connecticut for a tri-meet with SCSU and Central Connecticut on November 1.