Women's swimming & diving wins on Senior Day, men fall to undefeated squad

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving team knocked off the State University of New York at Potsdam, 120-85, during Senior Day on Saturday in the Ross Sports Center. The men dropped a 123-110 decision, falling to 1-8 against the 6-0 Bears. The Purple Knight women moved to 5-4, knocking SUNY Potsdam to 2-4 this winter.

Junior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) picked up three victories for Saint Michael's, in the 50-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke and 400-yard medley relay. She joined senior Corine McAllister (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) and sophomores Kathleen Lamontagne (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) and Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint-Peter Marian) in the winning foursome. Lamontagne also won the 200 free race, Nadow topped the 200-yard backstroke field, and McAllister was second in the 400-yard individual medley.

In the 100 free, sophomore Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) claimed victory in 59.32, edging out the second-place Lamontagne, who missed her third win by 0.56 seconds. Brady anchored the runner-up 400 free relay quartet, swimming with sophomore Victoria Schon (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) and first-years Luci Franklin (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Lowell Whiteman School) and Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth). Tierney placed second in the 500 and 1,000 free races, and sophomore Olivia Hamilton (Bourne, Mass./Bishop Stang) was the runner-up in the 200-yard butterfly.

Sophomore Joe Vo (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) won a pair of one-meter diving events, topping four-athlete fields both times. Senior Andrew Marshall (Kittery, Maine/Saint Thomas Aquinas/Saint Joseph's [Maine]) touched the wall first in the 500 free and was second in two other events, including the 1,000 free, where his time of 10:37.14 was just 2.73 seconds short of the winner. During the 400 free relay, he sided with classmate Kyle Esposito (Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott), sophomore Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) and first-year Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) for a second-place showing.

Additional runners-up were Paluso in the 100 free and Thomas in the 200 free. A trio of first-years were second, including Cody Arrington (Middleton, Mass./Masconomet Regional) during the 200 breast, Sam Miller (Long Lake, N.Y./Long Lake Central School) in the 50 free and Chad Phalon (Wantage, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) during the 200 back. The Purple Knights' 400 medley relay also placed second, with Miller, Paluso, Phalon and junior Jack Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) each completing a leg.

Prior to the meet, Esposito, Marshall, McAllister and fellow seniors Emma Hauser (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) and Andrea Munar (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) were honored.

The Purple Knights head to the three-day Northeast-10 Conference Championship at Southern Connecticut State University beginning on Thursday.