Purple Knights win 21 events at Norwich, women triumph while men narrowly fall

NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving student-athletes combined for 21 event victories on Tuesday at Norwich University, as the women swept the 14 swimming events en route to a 159-51 victory in Goodyear Pool. The men suffered a narrow 155-141 setback, falling to 1-7, while the women are 4-4. The Cadet men moved to 4-5, while the women stand 0-9.

Sophomore Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) played a role in four victories, including clocking in with the fastest times in the 50- and 100-yard backstrokes. She also swam legs for the top 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay quartets. For the 200 medley relay, Nadow sided with junior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington), sophomore Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) and first-year Luci Franklin (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Lowell Whiteman School). During the 400 free relay, Brady and Nadow joined sophomore Kathleen Lamontagne (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) and first-year Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth).

Mullowney and Tierney both won three times, with two victories coming in individual races. Mullowney bested the 50 free and 100-yard breaststroke fields, while Tierney topped the 500 and 1,000 free competitions. Franklin added a second win during the 200 free, and senior Corine McAllister (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) was another double winner, capturing the 100 free and 100-yard butterfly.

Senior Andrea Munar (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) won the 50 breast, junior Maddie Craig (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) touched the wall first in the 200-yard individual medley, and first-year Zoe Doucette (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) finished first in the 50 fly.

On the men's side, senior Andrew Marshall (Kittery, Maine/Saint Thomas Aquinas/Saint Joseph's [Maine]), sophomore Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) and first-years Sam Miller (Long Lake, N.Y./Long Lake Central School) and Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) combined for seven wins. The quartet, anchored by Miller, won the 400 free relay in 3:32.35, edging the runner-up by 0.20 seconds.

Additionally, Marshall topped the 500 and 1,000 free competitions, and Thomas was victorious in the 50 fly and 200 free. Miller won the 50 free in 23.70, besting the next finisher by 0.20 ticks, and Paluso's victory in the 50 back was thanks to a time of 28.88, just 0.01 seconds faster than second-place first-year Nick Johns (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Anthony's).

The Purple Knights complete their dual-meet slate on Saturday when they host the State University of New York at Potsdam at 1 p.m. for Senior Day.