Purple Knights swept by Le Moyne, Farrington breaks another school record

Purple Knights swept by Le Moyne, Farrington breaks another school record

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams both fell to Le Moyne College on Sunday during their second dual meets in as many days in the Ross Sports Center. The 1-1 women dropped a 131-103 decision to the 1-1 Dolphins, while the men are now 1-1 after losing by a 137-98 count to the 2-0 visitors.

First-year Pierce Farrington (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) broke a school record for the third time this weekend, becoming the first swimmer in program history to complete the 50-yard freestyle in fewer than 22 seconds when he touched the wall in a winning time of 21.92. Farrington had fallen 0.26 seconds shy of the 28-year-old record of 22.05 yesterday during the open 50 free before eclipsing it with a 22.03 opening leg of the 200-yard medley relay.

Farrington earned a second win during the 200-yard backstroke in 2:02.61, while first-year Joe Carroll (Andover, Mass./Andover) placed third. During the 400 medley relay, Farrington, senior Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham), sophomore Cam Thirkell (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) and first-year Zach Kosakowski (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) took third. Paluso was second in the 200-yard breaststroke, and Thirkell completed the 200-yard butterfly in second place, ahead of the third-place Kosakowski. Kosakowski was also the third finisher in the 200 free event.

Carroll and Thirkell joined sophomores Stephen Andersen (Concord, N.H./Concord) and Ryan Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) to take third in the 400 free relay, and sophomore Riley Faszewski (Hooksett, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) was third in the 1,000 free. During diving action, junior Nick Johns (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) placed second in one one-meter competition and third in the other. Senior Joe Vo (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) drew a runner-up showing, while classmate Nick Youmans (Mountainside, N.J./Governor Livingston) was third in one event.

First-year Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) won one of the women's one-meter diving competitions with 134.45 points and placed second in the other, at 160.45. Senior Emily Asch (Williston, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) was third in both events.

The Purple Knights picked up their lone swimming victory in the 400 free relay, as seniors Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) and Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) and first-years Katherine Lecce (Falls Church, Va./Saint Margaret's School) and Sammy Sidorakis (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) combined for a time of 3:57.97. Brady placed second in the 50 free at 26.61, just 0.30 seconds shy of the winner, with Lecce 0.54 ticks behind her. Nadow was second in the 200 back, followed by Sidorakis in third. Lecce was third in the 100 free.

Brady and Nadow completed legs for the runner-up 400 medley relay, siding with juniors Zoe Doucette (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) and Julie Shea (Peabody, Mass./Peabody Veterans Memorial/Assumption). Shea was also second in both the 200 breast and 200-yard individual medley races, while first-year Betsy Portch (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) claimed second in the 500 and 1,000 free events, including clocking in at 11:31.93 in the 1,000 to come within 3.63 seconds of the winner. Classmate Ally Fischang (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) took second in the 200 free, and junior Olivia Hamilton (Bourne, Mass./Bishop Stang) was third in the 200 fly at 2:34.54, just 0.33 seconds shy of the runner up.

The Purple Knight women host Merrimack College on Friday at 4 p.m. before both squads head out to Clarkson University on Saturday for 1 p.m. dual competitions.