Women's swimming & diving wins all 16 events, remains undefeated

COLCHESTER, Vt. - For the third straight season, the Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving squad began a season 3-0, downing Norwich University, 195-63, on Wednesday in the Ross Sports Center. The men fell by a 176-122 count as the Purple Knight teams completed their first-semester home slate, as they compete next in their own pool in January. The men are now 1-2, while the Cadet men improved to 2-1. Norwich's women are 0-3.

The Purple Knight women won all 16 events, led by junior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) playing a hand in four, while sophomore Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) and first-year Luci Franklin (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Lowell Whiteman School) had a role in three apiece.

Mullowney won the 100-yard individual medley and 200-yard freestyle while joining Franklin, senior Corine McAllister (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) and sophomore Victoria Schon (Sparta, N.J./Pope John Paul XXIII Regional) on the victorious 200-medley relay. Mullowney and Schon also swam legs for the top 200 free relay, siding with first-years Lauren Melchionda (Pelham, N.H./Pelham Area) and Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth).

Franklin also captured the 50- and 100-yard backstrokes, while Nadow was the top swimmer in the 50-yard butterfly, and 50 and 100 free competitions. Tierney won the 1,000 free race, and McAllister added a second victory during the 100-yard breaststroke, touching the wall in 1:18.81 to edge junior Jill Connors (Dedham, Mass./Archbishop Williams) by 0.02 seconds. During the 50 breast, Connors returned the favor, winning in 36.41 to outdistance McAllister by 0.07 ticks.

First-year Ally James (Belfast, Maine/Belfast Area) bested both one-meter diving events, sophomore Kathleen Lamontagne (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) won the 500 free, and first-year Zoe Doucette (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) had the top time in the 100 fly.

Senior Andrew Marshall (Kittery, Maine/Saint Thomas Aquinas/Saint Joseph's [Maine]) turned in multiple victories for the third time this year, claiming the 500 and 1,000 free events. Sophomore Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) won the 100 breast, and first-year Nick Johns (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) topped the 50 back field. In that race, Johns clocked in at 29.35, edging classmate Chad Phalon (Wantage, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) by 0.02 seconds and the third-place finisher from Norwich by 0.09 ticks.

First-year Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) was second in the 50 fly and 200 free, completing the 200 free in 1:55.65 to fall 0.12 seconds short of the winner. Phalon was second in the 100 back, and sophomore Matt Pearson (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) was the runner-up in the 50 breast. During the 200 medley relay, Johns, Paluso, Pearson and Thomas combined for a second-place showing of 1:47.80, just 0.49 ticks short of the fastest foursome. Johns, Marshall, Paluso and Thomas took second in the 200 free relay.

Junior Jack Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) was second in the 100 fly, sophomore Joe Vo (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) notched the second-best score in one of the one-meter dive events, and first-year Brandon MacPherson (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) claimed the runner-up slot in the 50 free. Classmate Cody Arrington (Middleton, Mass./Masconomet Regional) was 0.08 seconds shy of second in the 100 IM, placing third.

Saint Michael's completes its first-semester slate on Friday and Saturday during the State University of New York at Potsdam Invitational. The opening-day action begins at 4 p.m.