SHU Swimming Breaking School Records at NEC Championships

SHU Swimming Breaking School Records at NEC Championships

Cambridge, MA – The Sacred Heart swimming team have already broken three school records, just half-way through the 2013 Northeast Conference Championships in Cambridge, MA on the campus of M.I.T.

On day one, Sacred Heart's team of Meagan Bellamy (Barrington, RI), Malvina Reinhold(Gothenburg, Sweden), Lizzy Bennett (Fairbanks, AK), and Alyssa Farnsworth(Leominster, MA) broke the school record for the 200 Medley Relay by an impressive 1.5 seconds, finishing with a time of 1:49.51.

"I was very happy with the way things got started, and it is great to have gotten the ball rolling as we gear up for greater racing," First year Head Coach Brent Noble said. 

On Thursday, the second day of competition, Bellamy went on to break the school record in the 50 freestyle, and also the team of Farnsworth, Bellamy, Stephanie Walters (Wanaque, NJ), and Rachel McGrath (Dorchester, MA) broke the Sacred Heart school record in the 200 Free Relay by a full two seconds, finishing with a time of 1:39.89.

Several Pioneers improved greatly on times they posted during the regular season. Junior Lizzy Bennett shaved five seconds off her seed time in the 200 yard individual medley. She improved her time to 2:14.31.

Seven Pioneers competing in the 50 yard freestyle improved upon their seed times as well. Meagan Bellamy swam a time of 25.01, improving upon her 26.36 during the season. Alyssa Farnsworth swam a time of 25.46 compared to her seed time of 26.35. Junior Emily Nunes (Seekonk, MA) was the third Pioneer to improve her time in the 50 free, shaving off over a second from 29.27 seed to a 28.22 NEC Championship time. Rachel McGrath improved her time from 26.69 during the regular season to a NEC Championship time of 25.88. Stephanie Walters also dropped some time, touching the wall at 25.75 compared to her seed time of 27.26. Hayley McGill (Old Lyme, CT) saw her time drop as well, finishing with a time of 25.97 Another NEC Championship newcomer, freshman Justine Galang (Freehold, NJ), also finished with an improved time, touching the wall at 28.98. 

The 500 yard freestyle also saw great improvement for the Pioneers, with all three Sacred Heart swimmers able to significantly improve their seed times. Malvina Reinhold cut off over seven seconds on her seed time, swimming a time of 5:18.75. Amy Nunes (Seekonk, MA) shaved off over four seconds off her seed time, swimming a much improved 5:38.31. Freshman Siobhan Goodman (Ridgewood, NJ) also improved upon her seed time in her first ever NEC Championship, swimming a 5:24.64 compared to a 5:36.59.  

"I am incredibly happy with how day two went for us. Our swimmers are getting the kind of times that they have earned, and that is made obvious with the noise they've made and records they've broken," Coach Noble commented.  


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The 2013 Northeast Conference Championships wrap up Saturday night.