Purple Knights win nine events, another school record falls in meet losses to Bentley

Purple Knights win nine events, another school record falls in meet losses to Bentley

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving student-athletes won nine events on Wednesday while another school record fell during a pair of dual-meet losses to Bentley University in the Ross Sports Center. The 4-2 Purple Knight women dropped a 169-112 decision, while the men are 1-4 after a 149.5-130.5 setback. Both Falcon squads are now 5-3.

First-year Pierce Farrington (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) won all three events he entered while setting his sixth school record of the season, clocking in with a winning 23.99 during the 50-yard butterfly to better Tim McGrath's '12 six-year-old mark. Farrington touched the wall in 22.05 in the 50-yard freestyle and 48.58 in the 100 free.

Senior Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) held off a Bentley swimmer to capture the 200-yard breaststroke by 0.28 seconds with a 2:24.11 performance. Paluso also tied for second in the 50-yard breaststroke and took third in the 200-yard individual medley at 2:21.40, falling just 0.31 seconds shy of second. Farrington and Paluso joined first-years Joe Carroll (Andover, Mass./Andover) and Zach Kosakowski (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) for a third-place finish during the 400-yard medley relay.

Kosakowski notched third-place showings in the 50- and 200-yard backstroke events, while sophomore Cam Thirkell (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) was third in the 200 fly. During one of the one-meter diving competitions, senior Nick Youmans (Mountainside, N.J./Governor Livingston) totaled 172 points to place fourth, but within 2.8 of the runner up. With the score, he qualified for next month's New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship.

The Purple Knight women earned five victories, with senior Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) and sophomore Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) both accounting for two of them. Nadow captured the 50 back in 29.17 and the 200 back at 2:19.04, with first-year Sammy Sidorakis (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) third in the latter. Nadow also helped a 200 free relay quartet clock in at 1:44.92 to place second and come within 0.69 seconds of the winners. McNall, junior Julie Shea (Peabody, Mass./Peabody Veterans Memorial) and sophomore Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow) also swam legs.

McNall won the 200 fly in 2:16.36 - with senior Olivia Hamilton (Bourne, Mass./Bishop Stang) third in the race - and the 200 IM with a time of 2:17.49, coming within 0.74 seconds of her own school record. McNall sided with Shea, Wiesner and senior Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) for a cumulative 4:17.50 in the 400 medley relay to take second and fall just 0.28 ticks shy of first. Brady won the 50 free in 26.33, while Wiesner was third at 26.81, just 0.11 seconds out of second.

Wiesner was second in the 100 free, with Brady taking fourth but coming within 0.05 seconds of third, while Shea was second and third in the 50 and 200 breast races, respectively. Shea clocked in at 32.98 in the 50 breast, just 0.02 seconds short of first. First-year Ally Fischang (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) took second in the 50 fly in 30.07, only 0.01 seconds ahead of classmate Theresa Murphy (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield), and was also the runner up in the 200 free, where Brady placed fourth with a time that left her 0.40 seconds out of third. Fischang was third during the 500 free, and first-year Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) nabbed third during a one-meter diving event.

The Purple Knights take part in their third meet in eight days by hosting The College of Saint Rose on Saturday at 1 p.m.