Pioneers Set Three Records In Thursday Night Highlighted By 500 Free Silver For Crosby

Jillian Crosby (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)
Jillian Crosby (Credit: Steve McLaughlin)

Jill Crosby lowered her own school record and placed second in the 500 freestyle to highlight the Sacred Heart University women's swimming effort on the second night of the Northeast Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. Olivia Decas also lowered her school record in the 50 yard freestyle in an eighth place effort.

Crosby was 1.72 seconds faster in the evening session, after breaking the 11-year old school record in the 500 freestyle in a preliminary swim Thursday morning.  She closed the race with a split of 58.93 in the final 100 yards, surging past four swimmers over that distance to capture the silver medal in a time of 5:02.02.

Decas lowered the school mark she set in the morning session, touching eighth in finals with a new personal-best time of 23.96. She then led off the 200 yard freestyle relay, joining Emily Shenk, Caleigh Dion and Crosby to break the school record in that event, finishing fifth at 1:37.69.

The Pioneers have accumulated 110 points over the first two days and are in sixth place as a team.  SHU is eight points shy of fifth place Mount St. Mary's, while Central Connecticut leads the team competition with 325 points.

Dion placed 20th in the 50 freestyle with a swim of 24.92. Siobhan Goodman placed 21st in the 200 individual medley, lowering her collegiate-best swim more than a second from the morning in a time of 2:19.10.  Gabby Fernandes was also faster in the 200 IM this evening, placing 22nd at 2:27.55, a career-best effort. Meredith Nyser placed 20th in the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:17.92, faster than her qualifying swim, while Malvina Reinhold placed 22nd in a time of 5:23.87.

The NEC Swimming Championship continues Friday morning with preliminary heats beginning at 11 a.m. The entire championship is being streamed live at and live results can be found here.


The Sacred Heart University women's swim team set two school records, qualified a pair of swimmers in the A Final and had numerous personal-best swims in the first preliminary session of the 2015 Northeast Conference Championship Thursday morning.

Jillian Crosby became the school record holder in the 500 yard freestyle with a swim of 5:03.60, a career-best effort.  The time, which qualified her third for finals, broke an 11-year old record held by Christine DePierre, set in 2004 of 5:09.27.

Olivia Decas lowered her own school record in the 50-freestyle, touching at 24.02 and earning the eighth spot in the final heat Thursday evening.  She set the previous mark, 24.47, last season.

Meredith Nyser and Hannah O'Brien posted collegiate-best swims in the 500 freestyle, with Nyser touching at 5:18.22 and O'Brien at 5:24.82. Malvina Reinhold, as did Nyser, earned a berth in the evening session, touching in a time of 5:23.45.

Siobhan Goodman posted her best collegiate 200 IM in prelims on Thursday, qualifying 21st in a collegiate-best swim of 2:20.79.  Gabby Fernandes touched at 2:29.09, shaving more than six seconds off of her career-best time in the event and touched 22nd.

The Pioneers recorded four career-best swims in the 50 freestyle, with Caleigh Dion qualifying 20th at 24.76.  Helen Culicci placed 30th with her career-best time of 25.69, Julia Pederson finished 33rd at 26.02 for her best-ever swim in the event and Anna Brown touched at 26.03 to lower her career-best as well.  Emily Shenk, 25.59, was a tenth of a second shy of her career-best, and Alyssa Farnsworth touched 36th in a time of 26.09. 

The 2015 NEC Championship resumes at 7:00 9.m. on Thursday with championship heats of the 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay.  The entire championship is being streamed live at and live results can be found here.