Nadow wins 100 backstroke at NEISDA Championship, three school records fall

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. - Three more Saint Michael's College swimming & diving records fell on Saturday during day two of the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship at the Upper Valley Aquatics Center. The swimming portion of the championship concludes tomorrow when trials begin at 10 a.m.

The Purple Knight women stand fourth among 21 teams with 516 points, while the men are seventh out of 11. Their 216 points are just 23.5 short of fifth-place Elms College. Due to weather-related problems, Saturday's trials session was canceled, with the student-athletes instead taking part in one session of timed finals.

Sophomore Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) won the 39-competitor 100-yard backstroke, clocking in at 1:00.09 to break her own day-old record, which was achieved during Friday's 400-yard medley relay, by 0.69 seconds. Junior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) also broke a record that she already owned, touching the wall in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:08.65 to take fifth place and clip 0.08 ticks off her mark. The duo also joined senior Corine McAllister (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) and sophomore Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) to take fourth in the 200 medley relay.

In the 800-yard freestyle relay, Brady, Mullowney, sophomore Kathleen Lamontagne (Manchester, N.H./Trinity) and first-year Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) placed sixth in 8:19.73, coming within 4.07 seconds of a four-year-old program standard. Tierney was eighth in the 1,000 free at 11:17.45, falling 6.38 ticks short of another school mark.

McAllister was ninth in the 400-yard individual medley, while junior Grace Kahn (Fairhope, Ala./Bayside Academy) and Brady were ninth and 13th, respectively, in the 100 back. Lamontagne finished 14th in the 200 free, and first-year Zoe Doucette (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) was 16th in the 50-yard butterfly.

Senior Andrew Marshall (Kittery, Maine/Saint Thomas Aquinas/Saint Joseph's [Maine]) set his second program record of the meet, finishing the 1,000 free in 10:08.30 to nab fourth place and better the three-year-old school standard by 6.28 seconds. Classmate Kyle Esposito (Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott) took sixth.

Esposito, Marshall, sophomore Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) and first-year Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) placed fourth in the 800 free relay, with their showing of 7:32.08 just 5.09 seconds short of the Saint Michael's mark.

First-year Nick Johns (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) was eighth in the 100 back, and classmate Chad Phalon (Wantage, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) placed ninth in the 400 IM. During the 200 medley relay, Johns, Paluso, junior Jack Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) and first-year Sam Miller (Long Lake, N.Y./Long Lake Central School) combined for a ninth-place finish. Thomas and first-year Brandon MacPherson (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) went 13th-14th in the 200 free, while Paluso and sophomore Matt Pearson (Kennebunk, Maine/Kennebunk) placed 13th-14th in the 100 breast.