Flaherty School Record Highlights Opening Day For Swimming And Diving

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 opened the 2017-18 season at a double dual meet at Central Connecticut State with St. Bonaventure. The two-day event resumes at 9:00 am Saturday with diving events and noon with more swimming events.

Freshman Margaret Flaherty finished second in the 1,000 freestyle in record setting fashion, touching at 10:45.71,  good for second place in the event.  The previous mark was set in 2004 by Christine DePierro, with a time of 10:47.57.

St. Bonaventure leads the Pioneers 117-50 after the first evening, while NEC foe CCSU is in front 97-70.

Stroke Events

  • Anna Brown placed third in the 100 backstroke, finishing at 1:01.62
  • Emily Peter was the fourth place finisher in the 200 butterfly, at 2:13.68, with Nikole Rudis in fifth place
  • Jessie Poole touched fifth in the 100 breaststroke at 1:10.23
  • Fiona Maxwell placed fifth in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:16.04


  • Lauren Somers recorded a pair of second-place finishes, touching at 24.66 in the 50 and 1:53.59 in the 200
  • Lauren Spencer was the Pioneers second finisher in the 1,000 free, placing fifth at 11:00.58


  • Brown led off the Pioneers 200 free relay with a 25.90 split and was followed by Kim Hylan, Maxwell and Victoria Catizone to place third at 1:42.12
  • The 400 medley relay also placed third, with Brown (1:01.45), Poole (1:10.42), Peter (59.93) and Somers (52.44) making up the team