Swimming & Diving Posts Two More School Records Friday Night

Jessica Poole set a school-record in the 200 IM Thursday night at the NEC Championships
Jessica Poole set a school-record in the 200 IM Thursday night at the NEC Championships


The Sacred Heart University swimming and diving team set two more school records Friday night at the NEC Championships bringing the team total to nine with one day of competition remaining.

Jessica Poole lowered her own 100 breaststroke school record for the second time, in dramatic fashion as she finished in 14th place. After improving her mark by .15 this morning, she sliced nearly another second off, touching at 1:05.97 during her evening swim.

Poole was a member of the Pioneers 400 medley relay team that finished fifth in a school record time of 3:57.17 Friday evening.  Anna Brown led off with a 58.91 split, followed by Poole's led of 1:07.34. Nikole Rudis posted a 59.38 split in the butterfly leg and Lauren Somers split 51.54 to anchor the record setting effort.

Brown earned the Pioneers top finish of the evening with a seventh place finish in the 100 backstroke, touching at 58.05. Olivia Decas placed 18th at 58.98, .01 in front of Kim Hylan, who notched her second career-best swim of the day in the event. Renee Russo placed 24th with a swim of 1:01.73.

Somers placed ninth in the 200 freestyle, lowering her personal-best for the second time on the day at 1:52.58. Jillian Crosby was faster in the evening as well, placing 15th at 1:55.54, while Caleigh Dion placed 23rd at 1:59.53

Bryana Cielo led three Pioneers in the 100 butterfly, placing 16th with a swim of 59.80. Nikole Rudis went sub 1:00 for the first time in her career, placing 19th at 59.43, while Lindsey Dell'Isola finished 23rd at 1:02.28.

Julia Pusateri placed 19th in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:08.04 effort. Sarah Hansel placed 20th in the 400 IM, with a swim of 4:50.16


Two more school records fell for the Sacred Heart University swimming and diving team Friday morning at the Northeast Conference Championship.

Anna Brown lowered the school mark in the 100 backstroke, touching at 57.20 and earning the sixth-seed in the A Final Friday evening. Jessica Poole surpassed her own school record in the 100 breaststroke, touching at 1:06.75 and qualified 15th for the final heats this evening.

All told, the Pioneers posted 11 career-best swims Friday morning, bringing their total to 24 for the championship thus far. SHU has set seven school records through Friday morning preliminaries.

Friday night finals begins at 6pm at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. Fans can watch free at NECFrontRow.com


400 Individual Medley

  • Sara Hansel swam her a collegiate-best time of 4:44.88 and qualified 18th 

100 Butterfly

  • Bryana Cielo swam her way into the B Final, touching in a career-best time of 59.47 and qualifying in 16th place
  • Nikole Rudis (1:00.28) and Meredith Bertoni (1:02.34) both earned spots in the C Final with career-best times in preliminaries
  • Lindsey Dell'Isola touched 23rd in the prelim heats with a collegiate-best effort of 1:02.20

200 Freestyle

  • Lauren Somers and Jillian Crosby both earned berths in the B Final, with Somers ninth in a career-best time of 1:53.11 and Crosby 15th at 1:56.37, a season-best effort
  • Caleigh Dion, 18th, and Shanna Haddow, 22nd, will both also swim this evening, with Dion posting her best-ever championship swim in 1:57.75
  • Nicole Sauve recorded a career-best effort to place 25th, touching at 2:02.80, while Victoria Catizone touched at 2:06.18

100 Breaststroke

  • Jessica Poole lowered her own school record in prelims, touching at 1:06.75 and qualified 15th
  • Julia Pusateri will swim in the evening heats, qualifying 19th with a time of 1:08.19
  • Haley McCurdy (1:14.19) and Alana Donabie (1:14.48) both posted career-best times in the morning heats and Renee Russo (1:10.67) added a season-best effort
  • Julia Pedereson touched in 26th place with a time of 1:11.49 and Dee Henry rounded out the team effort with a swim of 1:15.91

100 Backstroke

  • Anna Brown qualified sixth for the A Final as she lowered the school record by nearly a second, touching at 57.20
  • Kimberly Hylan (59.27) and Bryana Cielo (1:01.40) both posted career-best times, and will be joined in the C Final by Olivia Decas who posted a season-best time of 59.19
  • Renee Russo notched a collegiate-best time of 1:01.54 and Emily Shenk touched in a season-best time of 1:02.28