Pioneers Break Two Much Records In Friday Finals

Olivia Decas set the school 100 back record on Friday (Credit:Steve McLaughlin)
Olivia Decas set the school 100 back record on Friday (Credit:Steve McLaughlin)

Two more school records highlighted the third night of the 2015 Northeast Conference Swimming and Diving Championship for the Sacred Heart University women's swim team. 

Jill Crosby shaved another .04 off of her school record in the 200 freestyle, touching at 1:52.46, good for fourth place. Crosby anchored the 400 medley relay that became the first in school history to break 4:00, touching in sixth place with a time of 3:59.67.  Olivia Decas led off the relay, followed by Malvina Reinhold on the breaststroke leg and Siobhan Goodman on the fly leg, leading up to the Crosby freestyle anchor leg and the school mark.

Decas finished sixth in the 100 backstroke, just off her record swim from preliminaries, touching at 58.17, moving up one spot in the final five yards of the swim. Siobhan Goodman swam a career-best in the 100 butterfly, improving .2 seconds from preliminaries to place 15th at 1:00.19. 

SHU placed three in the consolation final of the 100 breaststroke, which was won by Malvina Reinhold and her 1:08.92.  Julia Pedersen placed 13th at 1:23.24 and Katrina Dy touched in a time of 1:13.79 to place 15th.

Caleigh Dion placed 16th for the Pioneers in the 200 free, in a time of 1:56.67, while Helen Culici finished 23rd in the event at 2:00.45. Anna Brown placed 15th in the 100 backstroke, going 1:00.20, while Emily Shenk placed 18th at 1:01.48, and Gabby Fernandes touched 22nd at 1:06.53.

The NEC Swimming Championship continues Saturday 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 a pair of schools records, had eight career-bests and qualified eight swimmers in finals and consolation finals on the third day of the 2015 Northeast Conference Championship.  The event is being held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jill Crosby continued her assault on the Pioneer record book, lowering the school mark in the 200 yard freestyle to 1:52.50.  She qualified third in the event and will look for her second medal of the weekend Friday night.

Olivia Decas earned the sixth qualifying spot in the 100 yard backstroke with a swim of 58.08.  The effort lowered her own school mark from last season by nearly a full second.

Caleigh Dion qualified for the consolation finals, in 15th place, with a career-best swim of 1:56.10 in the 200 freestyle.  Helen Culici also posted a career-best swim in the 200, touching at 2:00.17.

Gabby Fernandes swam a pair of career-best times during preliminaries, touching in 5:17.96 in the 400 IM and 1:05.91 in the 100 backstroke.  Dy, 4:56.74, and Hannah O'Brien, 5:00.98, both recorded career-best swims in the 400 IM as well.

Season-best times were recorded by Anna Brown in the 100 backstroke, 1:00.06, and Siobhan Goodman in the 100 butterfly, 1:00.39. Dy swam a 1:13.99 in her 100 breaststroke preliminary heat, while Malvina Reinhold touched in 1:10.33, both season-best times.  Julia Pederson swam a 1:13.21 in her 100 breaststroke, Meredith Nyser went 4:52.37 in the 400 IM and Emily Shenk touched in 1:01.52 in the 100 backstroke, to round out the Pioneers effort in the morning session.

The 2015 NEC Championship resumes at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday with championship heats. The entire championship is being streamed live at and live results can be found here.