NEW HAVEN, Conn. - First-year Pierce Farrington (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) broke two more of his own school records on Friday, giving him three for the weekend thus far, as the Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams took part in day two of the four-day Northeast-10 Conference Championship at Southern Connecticut State University's Hutchison Natatorium.
The Purple Knight men continue to hold fifth place among seven schools with 126 points, while the women moved into eighth out of nine squads, as they have 66 points. Day three begins on Saturday with trials at 10 a.m.
Farrington placed sixth in the 50-yard freestyle, clocking in at 21.70 during the trials to qualify for the championship, when he touched the wall in 21.35. Both times bettered his three-week-old school standard, which had been 21.87. Farrington, senior Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham), sophomore Cam Thirkell (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) and first-year Jacek Deptula (Haskell, N.J./Paramus Catholic) combined to take seventh in the 400-yard medley relay at 3:47.04. During the 100-yard backstroke leadoff leg, Farrington recorded a time of 52.19, trimming his month-old school mark by 1.73 seconds.
In the women's 400 medley relay, 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) combined to place seventh at 4:09.67. Wiesner qualified for the 50 free consolation race, coming within 0.23 seconds of making the championship heat, before finishing 12th overall in the event at 25.41. Shea missed landing in the 200-yard individual medley consolation race by just 0.29 seconds, with her time of 2:16.81 during trials only 0.23 seconds shy of McNall's school record.