POTSDAM, N.Y. - Junior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) won the 100-yard breaststroke during the opening day of the North Country Invitational on Friday, as the Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving squad stands third among five teams heading into the final day, while the men are fifth out of six. The two-day competition, which is being hosted in the State University of New York at Potsdam's Maxcy Hall Pool, concludes on Saturday.
During day one, the Purple Knight women totaled 151 points, falling just two shy of the runner-up host institution. The men totaled 64 points, while SUNY Oneonta's men (232) and women (379) lead both competitions.
Mullowney won the 100 breast in 1:12.27, outdistancing the runner-up by 0.42 seconds, as one of her four top-three finishes. She helped the 400-yard medley relay place second in 4:22.21, siding with senior Corine McAllister (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) and sophomores Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) and Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian). The same foursome placed third in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:48.22, missing the second-place squad by 0.05 seconds. Mullowney also nabbed third in the 50 free at 26.17.
Nadow touched the wall second in the 200-yard backstroke, at 2:16.82, and placed fifth in the 100-yard butterfly, as her time of 1:06.71 edged the sixth-place McAllister, who clocked in at 1:07.14.
On the men's side, senior Andrew Marshall (Kittery, Maine/Saint Thomas Aquinas/Saint Joseph's [Maine]) had the best Saint Michael's showing, placing fifth in the 500 free in 5:11.49. A pair of relays cracked the top 10, including the 400-yard medley foursome, which finished seventh in a time of 4:04.24. Junior Jack Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side), sophomores Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) and Matt Pearson (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk), and first-year Chad Phalon (Wantage, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) swam legs.
During the 200 free relay, Marshall, Paluso, Pearson and first-year Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) swam to a ninth-place showing in 1:40.49. Paluso was 10th in the 200-yard individual medley with at 2:13.19 and missed 10th in the 100 breast by 0.39 seconds, finishing 11th. Thomas was 10th in the 100 fly at 1:00.17.