Nine Purple Knights qualify for evening races during day two of NE-10 Championship

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Nine Saint Michael's College swimming & diving student-athletes qualified for consolation races on Friday during day two of the three-day Northeast-10 Conference Championship at Southern Connecticut State University's Hutchison Natatorium.

In a meet that concludes tomorrow, with the morning session beginning at 10 a.m., the men stand seventh among seven squads with 140 points, while the women are eighth out of eight institutions at 132.

Five Purple Knight women qualified for evening races thanks to placing among the top 16 during the trials. Junior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) placed 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:11.00, shaving 0.89 seconds off her morning race, while classmate Jill Connors (Dedham, Mass./Archbishop Williams) was 16th in 1:17.59. Sophomore Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) placed 13th in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall in 1:02.81.

During the 400-yard individual medley, both senior Corine McAllister (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) and junior Maddie Craig (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) improved during the evening consolation race. McAllister's 15th-place showing came in 5:13.92, which was 2.04 seconds better than in trials, while Craig shaved 0.86 seconds to take 16th.

Mullowney, Nadow, sophomore Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) and first-year Luci Franklin (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Lowell Whiteman School) claimed eighth place in the 200-yard medley relay, clocking in at 1:59.75. During the 800 free relay, Franklin and Mullowney joined sophomore Kathleen Lamontagne (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) and first-year Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) to take eighth in 8:34.58.

Sophomore Joe Vo (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) took sixth in the one-meter dive, scoring 263.20 points, while four men competed in evening consolation races. During the 100 breast, sophomore Matt Pearson (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) trimmed 0.72 seconds off his trials time to take 14th, and first-year Cody Arrington (Middleton, Mass./Masconomet Regional) was 16th after lopping off 1.44 ticks.

In the 100 back, first-year Chad Phalon (Wantage, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) placed 14th at 1:02.59, while classmate Nick Johns (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) improved one spot during finals over his morning race, dropping 1.23 seconds and moving into 15th.

Seniors Kyle Esposito (Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott) and Andrew Marshall (Kittery, Maine/Saint Thomas Aquinas/Saint Joseph's [Maine]), and first-years Brandon MacPherson (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) and Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) sided for a sixth-place showing in the 800 free relay. During the 200 medley relay, Johns, Pearson, Thomas and first-year Sam Miller (Long Lake, N.Y./Long Lake Central School) took seventh at 1:49.16.