SOUTH KINGSTON, R.I. - One school record fell and five Saint Michael's College swimmers completed championship races on Friday during day one of the three-day New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship at the University of Rhode Island's Tootell Aquatic Center.
Through day one, the Purple Knight women were fifth among 20 schools, with their 285 points leaving them within 52 of third place, while the men are seventh out of 11, claiming 99 points to stand 29 shy of the fourth-place teams. The meet continues on Saturday with 10 a.m. trials and 6:30 p.m. finals.
Senior Julie Mullowney (Burlington, Vt./Burlington) broke her own school record in the 50-yard breaststroke by clocking in at 31.30 during the trials, ultimately taking fifth in the finals (31.53). First-year Lauren Wheaton (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) won the "B" race to place ninth in the event at 32.03, and senior Jill Connors (Dedham, Mass./Archbishop Williams) was 12th in 33.73.
Mullowney anchored the fourth-place 200-yard freestyle relay quartet, which clocked in at 1:41.16 to come within 0.44 seconds of a school record, and helped the 400-medley relay take sixth in 4:17.89. Juniors Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) and Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) also swam for both quartets, while first-years Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow) aided the 200 free and 400 medley relays foursomes, respectively.
Senior Grace Kahn (Fairhope, Ala./Bayside Academy) was sixth in the 200-yard backstroke at 2:17.64, with Nadow taking seventh in 2:20.12. Brady claimed 11th in the 50 free (25.65), with Wiesner in 13th (26.23), while Wiesner was also 13th during the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.16). In the 500 free, sophomore Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) won the "C" race, placing 17th overall in 5:39.12.
Junior Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) notched a seventh-place performance in the 200-yard individual medley, touching the wall in 2:03.70 to come within 0.77 seconds of his own two-year-old school record. First-year Seth Boudreau (Saint Albans, Vt./BFA-Saint Albans) was seventh in the 200 back, at 2:07.07.
Boudreau and Paluso sided with sophomore Joe Thomas (Norwood, Mass./Boston College HS) and first-year Cam Thirkell (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) to place seventh in the 400 medley relay at 3:48.57. Thirkell and Thomas also joined sophomore Brandon MacPherson (Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield) and first-year Stephen Andersen (Concord, N.H./Concord) to take seventh during the 200 free relay at 1:33.41.
Sophomore Nick Johns (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) came in 10th during the 50 breast with a time of 29.31, and Thirkell and Thomas were 11th and tied for 13th, respectively, during the 100 fly in 55.50 and 56.22. MacPherson notched a 13th-place performance during the 50 free in 23.87, following by first-year Ryan Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) in 14th at 24.08. Sophomore Chad Phalon (Wantage, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) finished 14th during the 500 free in 5:16.62, cutting 7.53 seconds off of his trials time.