Three School Records Fall In Final Night

Margaret Flaherty set a pair of school records on the final night of the 2018 NEC Championship; the 1,000 & 1,650-freestyle records.
Margaret Flaherty set a pair of school records on the final night of the 2018 NEC Championship; the 1,000 & 1,650-freestyle records.


The Sacred Heart University swimming and diving team placed sixth with 247 points at the 2018 Northeast Conference Swimming and Diving Championship. The final night saw the Pioneers break three school records, bringing the total for the championship to nine.

Rookie Margaret Flaherty broke the 1,000 and 1,650-yard freestyle records on her way to earning the bronze medal. The 1,650-record was the oldest on the books at SHU and had stood since 2004. Jessica Poole lowered her school mark in the 200-breaststroke for the second time on the day, knocking 1.54 seconds off of her morning swim.

Bryant captured the team crown, accumulating 793 points. Wagner placed second (728), with Saint Francis U (582.5) in third and Central Connecticut State (482) in fourth place. LIU Brooklyn placed fifth with 271.5 points and the Pioneers placed in front of St. Francis Brooklyn (223) and Mount St. Mary's (174).

1,650 Freestyle

  • Flaherty smashed the 14-year old mark of 17:52.84 that was held by Christine DePierro, finishing at 17:14.79 to earn the Pioneers highest finish of the Championship
  • The freshmen lowered her own 1,000-freestyle record, with her feet hitting the pad at 10:23.87, 15 seconds under her own record set earlier this season
  • Nicole Sauve placed 16th with a swim of 18:05.13, a personal-best, as was her 1,000-yard split of 10:57.04
  • Lauren Spencer, who placed 17th, also had career-best times, touching at 18:11/07 and splitting 10:57.79
  • Lindsey Dell'Isola had collegiate-best times in her swim, with an 18:30.52 final time and a split of 11:07.86 at the 1,000

200 Backstroke

  • Kim Hylan placed 17th as she posted a career-best time of 2:07.06
  • Spencer, shortly after her mile swim, was 18th at 2:09.42, .04 seconds off of her personal-best swim from the morning

100 Freestyle

200 Breaststroke

  • Poole reset her own record for the second time on the day, touching at 2:23.79 to place 12th
  • Julia Pusateri notched a career-best swim, touching at 2:27.48, good for 19th

200 Butterfly

  • Nikole Rudis lowered her career-best time to 2:07.79 as she placed 10th
  • Fiona Maxwell placed 16th with a swim of 2:15.21
  • Meredith Bertoni added another career-best effort, touching at 2:15.84, good for 18th place

3-Meter Diving

400 Freestyle Relay

  • Emily Peter (54.21), Kim Hylan (54.14), Somers (53.26) and Flaherty (53.41) placed sixth  on the A relay, posting a swim of 3:35.02


The Sacred Heart University swimming and diving team added six career-bests during the final morning of the 2018 Northeast Conference Championship, at Nassau County Aquatic Center. The mornings highlight was provided by Jessica Poole and Lauren Somers who lowered their own school records in the 200-breaststroke and 100 freestyle. 

SHU qualified 14 swims into the evening session, as well as having four swims in the 1,650-yard freestyle timed final. The heats of 1,650 begin at 4:20 with the final Championship session beginning at 6 p.m. The 3-meter diving takes place this afternoon with the final dives during the evening session.

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

200 Backstroke

  • Kim Hylan is the Pioneers top qualifier from the morning session, posting a time of 2:08.90 and is 18th
  • Lauren Spencer posted a career-best swim at 2:09.38 and is 20th after morning preliminary heats
  • Anna Brown (2:13.42) and Emily Shenk (2:13.42) finished 23rd and 24th respectively and will swim in the C Final Saturday night
  • Kelly Chmilewski (2:15.85), Meredith Bertoni (2:18.18) and Lindsey Dell'Isolo (2:18.95) all recorded collegiate-best times in the morning heats

100 Freestyle

  • Somers went 52.11 in morning heats and qualified in ninth for the B Final breaking her old mark of 52.23
  • Alana Donabie posted a career-best, touching at 55.38, good for 19th and a spot in the C Final, where she will be joined by Shanna Haddow who went 56.10
  • Kaylyn Cuozzo (55.99) and Victoria Catizone (58.05) both recorded career-best efforts in the prelims

200 Breaststroke

  • Poole's record swim qualified her for the B Final, as the 14th qualifier
  • Julia Pusateri will swim in the C Final after placing 23rd in the morning with a swim of 2:30.33
  • Renee Russo clocked a career-best time of 2:37.00, lowering her best by over three seconds
  • Sarah Hensal placed 28th after a swim of 2:38.40 in her heat and Dee Henry posted a season-best swim at 2:46.69

200 Butterfly