Pioneers Place Third At ECAC Winter Championship

The Pioneers placed third at the 2016 ECAC Winter Championship
The Pioneers placed third at the 2016 ECAC Winter Championship

Complete Results

The Sacred Heart University swimming and diving team amassed 962 points and finished in third place at the 2016 ECAC Winter Championship. All told, the Pioneers set three school records over the course of the three-day competition.

Rookie Lauren Somers recorded her second individual, third overall, school record in the 50 freestyle.  She touched at 23.92, her best-ever swim, to shave .04 seconds off of the former mark, set in 2015.

The ECAC Winter Championship marked the final competition for the Pioneers in 2016.  Following its winter break training trip, SHU returns to dual meet action at Manhattan on January 14. The Pioneers host CCSU on January 28 and St. Francis Brooklyn on February 4.

400 Medley Relay

500 Freestyle

  • Each Pioneer in the event posted a season-best time, with Kim Hylan notching a lifetime best swim of 5:13.33 to place seventh
  • Shanna Haddow was the Pioneers next finisher at 520.56, good for 13th place, while classmate Nikole Rudis placed 24th in a time of 5:28.49
  • Lindsey Dell'Isola finished 26th at 5:29.32, Merdith Bertoni placed 38th at 5:36.13 and Kaylyn Cuozzzo touched at 5:43.94.

50 Freestyle

  • Lauren Somers notched her second individual school record with a lifetime best swim of 23.92, good for second place
  • Dion was the sixth fastest on the day, at 24.53, while Jillian Crosby touched in 12th place with a swim of 24.97
  • Decas placed 27th at 25.49, with Haddow 34th, 25.76, in a career-best time, and Anna Brown 36th, 25.76
  • Renee Russo (25.97) and Julia Pederesen (26.73) placed 40th and 41st, while Jaclyn Pianese placed 66th at 27.66
  • Victoria Catizone notched a career-best swim at 25.53, while Cuozzo, 26.14, Alana Donabie, 26.43, and Emily Shenk, 26.45, all posted times that placed among the top-55 swims on the day

200 Individual Medley

  • The Pioneers again posted all season-best swims in the event
  • Poole paced the Pioneers effort with a ninth place finish at 2:13.91
  • Sara Hensal placed 13th with a swim of 2:15.76
  • Julia Pusateri was 26th with a swim of 2:18.82, with Cielo 31st at 2:21.47
  • Donabie touched at 2:21.63, with Haley McCurdy swimming a 2:29.04 and Dee Henry finishing at 2:30.67

400 Freestyle Relay

  • Hylan, Decas, Dion and Somers swam to a third place finish in the final event of the meet, touching at 3:35.84
  • Petersen, Shenk, Haddow and Catizone combined for a 3:46.58 swim, the 16th fastest time in the event