Pioneers Set Pair of School Records On Second Day Of ECAC Winter Championship

New school record in the 100 yard freestyle for Lauren Somers.
New school record in the 100 yard freestyle for Lauren Somers.


The Sacred Heart University swimming and diving team completed the second day of competition at the ECAC Winter Championship and stands in second place in the team standings.  SHU has amassed 719 points, 17 shy of NEC foe Wagner, who leads the three-day meet with 736 points.

The morning session was highlighted by a school record in the 100 freestyle as rookie Lauren Somers touched in 52.28, placing fourth.

The Pioneers started the evening session with another school mark, this one in the 200 freestyle relay.  Caleigh Dion, Olivia Decas, Jillian Crosby and Somers finished in 1:37.28, nearly a half second under the former mark.

The event concludes Sunday morning.

200 Freestyle Relay

  • Dion (24.96), Decas (24.39), Crosby (23.74) and Somers (23.74) placed third in the event, lowering the mark set in 2015 (1:37.69)
  • The Pioneers B Relay of Bryana Cielo (26.53), Kalyln Cuozzo (25.26) Victoria Catizone (26.94) and Jaclyn Pianese (26.94) touched in a time of 1:43.20, the 15th fastest time on the day

100 Freestyle

200 Backstroke

  • Kim Hyland earned bronze with a time of 2:88.64, within a second of her personal-best in the event, and marking a collegiate-best time
  • Anna Brown touched in a time of 2:10.07, her best time of the season and good for fifth place
  • Renee Russo finished in 17th place with a season-best swim of 2:15.66

200 Breastroke

200 Butterfly

800 Freestyle Relay

  • Hylan (1:58.93), Haddow (1:59.74), Dion (1:59.34) and Somers (1:55.76) combined for a third place, in a time of 7:53.77

100 Backstroke

  • Hylan and Brown finished eighth and ninth in the event, with Hylan touching at 59.91 and Brown at 1:00.02
  • Renee Russo lowered her season time to 1:02.10, placing 19th, her best time as a Pioneer in the event, while Emily Shenk touched at 1:03.30, the 26th fastest swim of the evening

200 Freestyle

  • Somers finished fourth in the 200 freestyle to pace the SHU effort, finishing at 1:55.72
  • Crosby swam a season-best 1:57.41 to place seventh, while Haddow challenged her career-best with a 1:58.80 and placed 16th
  • Dion finished 20th with a swim of 1:59.61 and Decas touched in 24th place at 2:00.47
  • Catizone finished with a swim of 2:04.78, and Cuozzo touched at 2:08.12 to close out the Pioneer efforts in the event

100 Breaststroke

  • Poole earned a sixth place finish, touching at 1:07.65
  • Pusateri was close behind, recording a career-best 1:07.56 to place seventh
  • Pedersen earned a 17th place finish with her swim of 1:10.66, while Sara Hensal picked up 21st place with a time of 1:11.80 and Russo earned 24th place at 1:12.75
  • Henry (1:18.62), Alana Donabie a lifetime best of 1:15.91 and Haley McCurdy (1:16.41) all had times in the top 34

100 Butterfly

  • Cielo was the Pioneers top finisher, placing 12th with a swim of 1:00.44
  • Rudis touched in 16th place, with a swim of 1:00.78, while Dell'Isola was 26th at 1:02.85
  • Pianese finished in 32nd place at 1:03.22 and Meredith Bertoni was 40h at 1:04.08

400 Individual Medley

  • Poole finished at 4:43.71, good for third place in the event
  • Hensal recorded a 10th place finish, touching at 4:48.75