Swimming and Diving Posts a New School Record on Day One of the Northeast Conference Championship

courtesy of Joe Catizone
courtesy of Joe Catizone

The Sacred Heart University swimming and diving team sits in fourth place after night one of the Northeast Conference Championship. The Pioneers put up 65 points after swimming the first two events of the four-day competition at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. 


The medley relay started the meet off with a new school record. Taylor Eck opened the 200-medley relay touching the wall with a 27.15 split in the backstroke. Julia Pusateri dove in next, with a 29.92 split in the breaststroke leg while Emily Peter split a 25.87 in the butterfly. Lauren Somers anchored the relay swimming the freestyle with a split of 23.50. The relay finished with an overall time of 1:46.44. The record previously stood at 1:46.66.


Nicole Tingley lead the Pioneers off in the 800-freestyle relay finishing with a 1:54.97 in the first 200 of the race. Kim Hylan followed splitting a 1:56.01 and Lauren Somers split a 1:52.63 for the third leg. Sophomore Margaret Flaherty concluded the relay with a time of 1:54.98 placing sixth overall. 


Sacred Heart put up a B 200-medley relay swam by Aleksandra DauzRenee RussoNikole Rudis, and Grace Bergstrom respectively. Dauz opened with the backstroke, splitting a 28.16  followed Russo for the breaststroke with a time of 30.80. Rudis split a 25.95 on the butterfly leg and Bergstrom finished off freestyle with a swim of 24.73. 


Diving had its first preliminary round on the 1-meter. First-year Molly Martin placed tenth followed by Alexandra Bonanno thirteenth and Megan McLaughlin placing fifteenth. 


The Bryant Bulldogs lead the meet after opening day with 165 points, followed by Wagner College with 101 points. Central Connecticut State sits in third with 66 points and the Pioneers trail behind by 1 point for fourth. LIU Brooklyn is in fifth, two points ahead of St. Francis University, followed by St. Francis College (59 points) in seventh and Mount St. Mary's in eight-place with 49 points.  


Preliminary heats of the 500-freestyle, 200 IM, 50-freestlye, and 200-freestyle relay begins Thursday morning at 10:00am. NEC Front Row is streaming live from the championships and live results are available here. For complete information, visit the official site of the Northeast Conference .