POTSDAM, N.Y. - By taking second place in the final event of the weekend, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving team clinched a three-point meet victory among six schools when the North Country Invitational came to an end on Saturday in the State University of New York at Potsdam's Maxcy Hall Pool. The Purple Knights claimed 468 points to runner-up Monroe (N.Y.) Community College's 465. On the men's side, Saint Michael's placed fourth out of seven schools with 275 points, coming within 26 points of the third-place hosts.
While clinging to a 442-433 lead heading into the 400 free relay, the Purple and Gold quartet of senior Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth), junior Julie Shea (Peabody, Mass./Peabody Veterans Memorial/Assumption) and sophomores Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow) needed to finish no worse than third place, which carries 24 points, to clinch the invitational victory for their team. They combined to place second in 3:45.89 to come within 0.72 seconds of Monroe's winning foursome.
McNall picked up her second victory of the weekend during the 100-yard backstroke, with a time of 59.69. The Purple Knights had two others in the top five in the event, with senior Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) third in 1:04.01 and first-year Sammy Sidorakis (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) fifth at 1:05.35. Brady, McNall, Shea and junior Zoe Doucette (Ashland, Mass./Ashland) took second in the 200-yard medley relay at 1:54.98, and Shea was second during the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:37.04.
Wiesner placed fourth during the 100 free at 56.30, just 0.19 seconds shy of third. Doucette was the 200-yard butterfly runner up at 2:30.91, while senior Olivia Hamilton (Bourne, Mass./Bishop Stang) touched the wall in 2:33.41 to place fourth. Hamilton was fifth in the 400-yard individual medley, clocking in with a time of 5:40.01, and first-year Ally Fischang (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) took fifth during the 200 free at 2:06.93. Classmate Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) was fifth in the one-meter diving with 152.61 points, coming within 7.64 of third.
First-year Pierce Farrington (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) had the best showing for the men, claiming second place during the 100 free at 48.30. Sophomore Cam Thirkell (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) was third in the 200 fly at 2:15.78, followed by classmate Sean Glasheen (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) in eighth at 2:29.08. Senior Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) took fourth in the 200 breast by touching the wall at 2:26.07, and first-year Michael May (Wallingford, Conn./Lyman Hall) was ninth in 2:38.28. During one-meter diving, junior Nick Johns (Seaford, N.Y./Saint Anthony's) was fourth with 142.15 points, senior Joe Vo (Springfield, Mass./Cathedral) was sixth at 134.70, and classmate Nick Youmans (Mountainside, N.J./Governor Livingston) was seventh at 133.40.
Farrington, Paluso, Thirkell and first-year Joe Carroll (Andover, Mass./Andover) sided for a pair of fifth-place finishes, clocking in at 1:45.40 in the 200 medley relay and 3:27.79 during the 400 free relay. First-year Zach Kosakowski (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) placed fifth in the 100 back at 1:00.28, followed by Carroll in seventh at 1:01.19 and Johns taking 10th in 1:04.38. Sophomore Riley Faszewski (Hooksett, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) was ninth in the 1,650 free with a time of 20:34.48, and May nabbed ninth in the 400 IM at 5:14.45.
With its first-semester slate now complete, Saint Michael's breaks from competition until hosting Bentley University on Jan. 7 at 1 p.m.