Flaherty, Poole Set School Records Thursday 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

EVENING SESSION (Complete Results)

Two school records highlighted the Thursday night finals session of the 2018 Northeast Conference Championship, at Nassau County Aquatic Center, for the Sacred Heart University swimming and diving team. The Pioneers have 101 points, good for sixth-place, in the team standings.

Margaret Flaherty set a school-record in the 500-freestyle, in the first individual final of the championship. She eclipsed the 2015 swim of Jillian Crosby. In the next event, Jessica Poole set the mark in the 200 IM, lowering her time from a season ago.

Bryant leads the team competition with 289 points, nine in front of Wagner. LIU Brooklyn is fifth with 117 points, while St. Francis Brooklyn is in seventh, with 90 points.

The championship resumes Friday morning with prelim heats at 10 am

500 Freestyle

  • Margaret Flaherty notched a school-record on her way to a 9th finish, touching at 5:01.10 – a personal-best swim
  • Kim Hylan went 5:08.45, her first-time under 5:10, for a career-best swim and placed 14th
  • Nicole Sauve notched a swim of 5:17.16 to place 22nd, while Shanna Haddow placed 23rd at 5:17.28 to place

200 IM

  • Jessica Poole clocked a school-record, touching at 2:09.23 – her first time under 2:10, for a career-best effort to place 18th

50 Freestyle

  • Lauren Somers earned fifth-place in the event, swimming a season-best time of 23.75, just .02 shy of her school record
  • Emily Peter lowered her qualifying time and touched 17th at 24.76

200 Freestyle Relay

MORNING SESSION (Prelim Results)

The Sacred Heart University swimming and diving team has seven individual qualifiers for evening swims on the second day of the 2018 Northeast Conference Championship, at Nassau County Aquatic Center. One-meter diving preliminaries will take place this afternoon and the evening session begins at 6 pm.

The Pioneers posted four career-best swims on Thursday morning. SHU also added a collegiate-best and 11 season-best efforts during the morning session.

NEC Front Row is streaming live form the championships and live results are available here. For complete information, visit NEC Championship Central.

500 Freestyle

  • Margaret Flaherty qualified 10th with a swim of 5:02.59, a tenth of a second behind her personal-best and .57 seconds shy of the Pioneer school record
  • Kim Hylan swam a career-best with a 5:10.93 effort and qualified 17th, by .01
  • Nicole Sauve notched a career-best effort as well, touching at 5:17.09 and is the second alternate, posting the 26th fastest time of the morning
  • Shanna Haddow swam a season-best time of 5:17.09, good for 27th place while Lindsey Dell'Isola also had a season-best effort with a swim of 5:25.58
  • Kaylyn Cuozzo recorded a career-best time of 5:29.48 in her swim

200 IM

  • Jessica Poole paced the Pioneers in the IM, qualifying 22nd with a season-best swim of 2:11.47
  • Sarah Hensal, 2:16.49, and Julia Pusateri, 2:18.04, both had season-best swims, placing 29th and 30th
  • Renee Russo (2:18.64), Jaclyn Painese (2:23.67) and Dee Henry (2:29.03) all notched season-best swims Thursday morning

50 Freestyle

  • Lauren Somers will swim in the A Final after touching at 23.85, good for the sixth-seed in the nigh session
  • Emily Peter swam a collegiate-best time of 24.81 and is 19th and will be joined in the C Final by Anna Brown, who touched swam 25.25, good for 23rd
  • Victoria Catizone, 26th, had a season-best swim of 25.73 in the morning heats
  • Alana Donabie touched at 25.31, while Cuozzo touched at 26.02 and Emily Shenk at 26.18

1-Meter Diving

  • Nicole Pergolotti accumulated 156.25 points during the opening diving event Thursday morning