POTSDAM, N.Y. - Five event wins and two school records helped propel the Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving team to a second-place finish among seven institutions at the State University of New York at Potsdam's two-day North Country Invitational, which concluded on Saturday in the Maxcy Hall Pool. The women totaled 414 points, trailing only SUNY Oneonta (545). The men grabbed fifth out of eight schools, improving their day-one standing by one position, and collecting 152 points to edge Colby-Sawyer College by 6.5 points. SUNY Oneonta won with 691.5.
On day two, senior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) won the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:35.24, while junior Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) topped the 100-yard backstroke field in 1:02.10. During the 200 breast, first-year Lauren Wheaton (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) nabbed second place, and senior Jill Connors (Dedham, Mass./Archbishop Williams) was just 0.09 seconds out of fifth, taking sixth place. In the 100 back, senior Grace Kahn (Fairhope, Ala./Bayside Academy) also claimed sixth, just 0.07 ticks out of fifth.
First-year Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) broke her sixth school record of the fall during the 400-yard individual medley, swimming to a second-place time of 4:53.00 to eclipse Sammy Sweeney's '12 mark of 4:54.57 set on Feb. 20, 2010. McNall was also second in the 200-yard butterfly, and junior Olivia Hamilton (Bourne, Mass./Bishop Stang) was fourth. McNall, Mullowney, Nadow and junior Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) were second in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:54.51, just 0.14 seconds shy of the winners. Brady, McNall, Mullowney and first-year Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow) combined to take second in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Junior Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) led the Purple Knight men by placing fifth in the 1,650 free, followed by first-year Riley Faszewski (Hooksett, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) in ninth. Paluso also took ninth in the 200 breast and swam for the eighth-place 200 medley and 400 free relay quartets. In the 200 medley, he joined senior Jack Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side), sophomore Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) and first-year Seth Boudreau (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans). The 400 free foursome was comprised of Boudreau, Paluso, Thomas and sophomore Brandon MacPherson (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield).
Boudreau claimed seventh place in the 100 back, Thomas was eighth in the 200 free, and Mulderrig finished ninth in the 400 IM. During the 200 fly, first-years Ryan Carboni (Wallingford, Conn./Mark T. Sheehan) and Sean Glasheen (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) placed seventh and ninth, respectively.
During the opening day of competition on Friday, McNall won the 200 back in 2:08.91, breaking Nadow's school record of 2:12.30 set in February while posting the fastest time in the event among all Northeast-10 Conference swimmers this year by 2.65 seconds. Nadow was third in the event, and Kahn placed fifth. During the 100 breast, Mullowney touched the wall first in 1:09.88 - just 1.23 shy of her own school mark - to capture the race, while Wheaton was third. Brady, McNall, Mullowney and Nadow combined to capture the 400 medley relay in 4:12.35, winning by 7.43 seconds.
Mullowney also placed third in the 50 free while siding with Brady, McNall and Wiesner to finish third in the 200 free relay. Senior Maddie Craig (Westwood, Mass./Westwood) was fifth in the 200 IM, and sophomore Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) finished fifth in the 1,650 free.
The Purple Knight men had foursomes take sixth in both the 200 free and 400 medley relays. MacPherson, Paluso, Thomas and first-year Cam Thirkell (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) joined in the 200 free, while Boudreau, Paluso, Thirkell and Thomas swam the 400 medley, coming within 0.43 seconds of fifth place. Thirkell placed eighth in the 100 fly, while Paluso took eighth in the 200 IM. During the 200 back, Boudreau nabbed eighth, and sophomore Chad Phalon (Wantage, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) claimed 10th, which was also his position in the 500 free.
Saint Michael's returns to action in 2014, with a Jan. 8 dual meet at Bentley University that begins at 1 p.m. kicking off a stretch of three meets in five days.