Three Saint Michael's marks fall at NEISDAs, Nadow breaks two 12-year-old records

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. - Three Saint Michael's College swimming & diving school records fell on Friday during day one of the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship. The three-day swimming segment of the meet is being held at the Upper Valley Aquatics Center.

After the opening day of competition, the women stand fifth among 20 institutions, as their 246 points are seven shy of the fourth-place University of New England. The men occupy seventh among 11 schools thanks to 102 points, but are within 37 of third place.

Sophomore Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) broke the program's two oldest swimming records, surpassing Cassie Littlefield's '04 12-year-old marks in both the 100- and 200-backstroke events. During the 200 back trials, Nadow clocked in at 2:13.06 to edge the record of 2:13.51, and she later lowered her time to 2:12.30 while placing third during the evening championship race.

In the trials for the 400-medley relay, Nadow's 100 back leadoff leg of 1:00.68 edged Littlefield's former standard of 1:00.78. Nadow again surpassed the previous mark during the final while falling just short of her own record, clocking in at 1:00.72 to help the relay take third in 4:11.05. Senior Corine McAllister (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury), junior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) and sophomore Kathleen Lamontagne (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) also swam legs.

Mullowney approached her sister Eileen's '12 50-yard freestyle mark during trials, clocking in at 24.75 to come within 0.61 seconds of the record before placing fourth in the championship in 24.92. Mullowney, Nadow, sophomore Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) and first-year Luci Franklin (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Lowell Whiteman School) placed fourth in the 200 free relay at 1:42.39.

Brady won the 50 free B race, placing ninth, while Lamontagne claimed the C event. McAllister took 10th in the 100-yard butterfly, while junior Maddie Craig (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) was 16th in the 200-yard individual medley. First-year Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) was 16th in the 500 free, and junior Jill Connors (Dedham, Mass./Archbishop Williams) won the 50-yard breaststroke C race.

On the men's side, senior Andrew Marshall (Kittery, Maine/Saint Thomas Aquinas/Saint Joseph's [Maine]) broke Gene Taylor's '11 five-year-old 500 free mark before lowering the standard later in the day. Marshall's performance of 4:58.57 in the trials bettered Taylor's record of 4:59.01 before Marshall touched the wall in 4:53.74 during a fifth-place finish in the evening championship race. Senior Kyle Esposito (Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott) also bettered Taylor's previous record in the final, clocking in at 4:58.91 and taking sixth.

During the 200 free relay, Esposito, Marshall and first-years Sam Miller (Long Lake, N.Y./Long Lake Central School) and Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) took eighth. Marshall, Thomas, sophomore Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) and first-year Chad Phalon (Wantage, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) combined to place ninth, winning the consolation race.

Thomas also won the 100 fly B race, taking ninth, and junior Jack Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) was 10th. First-year Nick Johns (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) took 10th in the 200 back, while Paluso and sophomore Matt Pearson (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) were 12th and 13th, respectively, in the 50 breast. Miller notched a 14th-place showing in the 50 free.