NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Saint Michael's College swimming & diving junior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) posted a trio of top-eight finishes on the first day of the three-day Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Thursday in Southern Connecticut State University's Hutchison Natatorium.
The Purple Knight women are within 24 points of sixth place while sitting eighth among eight squads with 69 points. The men are seventh out of seven at 64. Tomorrow's trials races begin at 10 a.m.
Mullowney had the best individual showing on Thursday for Saint Michael's, placing fourth in the 50-yard freestyle championship race after clocking in with a personal-record 25.07 during the morning preliminary heat. By finishing at 25.11 during the final, she was 0.19 seconds short of the runner-up, and of joining sister Eileen '12 as the only women in program history to earn all-conference placement, which is reserved for the top two in each event. She had entered the meet seeded eighth in the 50 free, at 25.88 seconds.
Mullowney also swam for a pair of A relay quartets. She anchored the seventh-place 200 free relay team, joining sophomores Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth), Kathleen Lamontagne (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) and Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) for a time of 1:44.84. Lamontagne, Mullowney, Nadow and senior Corine McAllister (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) sided for an eighth-place showing in the 400-yard medley relay, which clocked in at 4:20.40.
Senior Andrew Marshall (Kittery, Maine/Saint Thomas Aquinas/Saint Joseph's [Maine]) completed legs for the Purple Knight men's two A relay squads while also nearing a school mark. During the 500 free preliminary heat, Marshall trimmed 3.89 seconds off his seed time to touch the wall in 5:05.22, which was 6.21 ticks shy of the program record. In the 200 free relay, Marshall joined first-years Nick Johns (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Anthony's), Brandon MacPherson (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) and Sam Miller (Long Lake, N.Y./Long Lake Central School) to take sixth in 1:36.80.
During the 400 medley relay, Marshall, Johns, junior Jack Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) and sophomore Matt Pearson (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) took seventh at 4:29.65. In the consolation race, the Purple and Gold's B foursome was even faster, as MacPherson, senior Kyle Esposito (Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott), and first-years Cody Arrington (Middleton, Mass./Masconomet Regional) and Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) combined for a 4:13.35 showing.