Three More School Records In Final Night Of NEC Swimming & Diving Championships

Anna Brown lowered her own 200 backstroke record Saturday night in the final session of the 2017 NEC Championships
Anna Brown lowered her own 200 backstroke record Saturday night in the final session of the 2017 NEC Championships
The Sacred Heart University swimming and diving team finished in sixth place at the NEC Championship, accumulating 214.5 points.  Three school records, bringing the total to 13 for the Pioneers, highlighted the final night of the meet.

Anna Brown broke her mark in the 200 backstroke, touching in 13th place with a swim of 2:06.62.  Jessica Poole lowered her own mark in the 200 breaststroke, shaving nearly two second off of her prelim swim to touch at 2:25.45

The Pioneers capped the meet with their fifth relay record, placing fifth at 3:31.34.  Caleigh Dion led off the swim with a 53.16, followed by a 53.12 from Olivia Decas..  Jillian Crosby, in her final collegiate swim, posted a team-best split of 52.49, before Lauren Somers posted an anchor leg split of 52.57.

1,650 Freestyle

  • Nicole Sauve posted her career-best 1,650 swim, touching in 16th place at 18:41.91 and her 1,000 split was also a personal-best (10:58.07)
  • Sarah Hensal also had career-best swims, placing 18th with an 18:25.78, going out in the 1,000 at 11:03.26
  • Lindsey Dell'isola finished 19th with a swim of 18:41.89

200 Backstroke

  • Anna Brown moved up two spots in the finals, and lowered her career-best time to 2:06.62 in the process
  • Kim Hylan was also faster in the evening heats, touching at 2:07.62 to place 18th

100 Freestyle

  • Olivia Decas placed 14th with a swim of 52.75
  • Lauren Somers touched next, in 15th place, with a swim of 52.81
  • Shanna Haddow shaved .15 seconds off her prelim time and finished 23rd at 55.60

200 Breaststroke

  • Jessica Poole won the C Final, touching at 2:25.45, a personal-best and lowering her own school record from last seasons NEC Championship (2:26.27)
  • Julia Pusateri placed 24th with a swim of 2:23.18

200 Butterfly

  • Nikole Rudis won the B Final with a swim of 2:08.75, three seconds faster than her morning swim and a second career-best time for the day
  • Meredith Bertoni improved two places from the prelims to finish 19th with a swim of 2:16.38, her second career-best swim of the day as well
  • Jaclyn Pianese touched at 2:18.13, improving her time by 2.6 seconds from the morning preliminaries, and placed 22nd,


Lauren Somers lowered her own school record in the 100 freestyle as the Pioneers placed 13 swimmers into the evening heats of the NEC Championships.

200 Backstroke
  • Anna Brown earned the 15th spot in the B Final, touching at 2:07.05 
  • Kim Hylan just missed a career-best in qualifying 17th, with a swim of 2:07.87
  • Renee Russo also posted a collegiate-best swim with a 2:14.11 effort

100 Freestyle

  • Somers qualified ninth with a collegiate-best swim of 52.25, lowering her own school mark by .03
  • Caliegh Dion (52.93) and Jillian Crosby (53.28) touched 17th and 18th respectively, with Crosby's effort a career-best time
  • Shanna Haddow (55.75), Emily Shenk (56.66), Victoria Catizone (56.86) and Kaylyn Cuozzo (58.10) rounded out the Pioneers effort
  • Catizone's swim was a career-best

200 Breaststroke

200 Butterfly

  • Nikole Rudis posted a career-best and the teams top swim in the event, qualifying 11th at 2:11.34
  • Meredith Bertoni (2:18.72) also had a personal-best swim, good for 20th, while Jaclyn Pianese was 21st with a swim of 2:20.70