Farrington and McNall win, four Purple Knight records fall at NEISDA Championship

Farrington and McNall win, four Purple Knight records fall at NEISDA Championship

KINGSTON, R.I. - Four Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving records fell, and sophomore Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and first-year Pierce Farrington (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) both won events during the second day of the three-day New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship on Saturday at the University of Rhode Island's Tootell Aquatics Center.

As a team, the Saint Michael's women are fourth out of 20 schools with 580 points, 91 ahead of fifth-place Eastern Connecticut State University but 145 away from third-place Simmons College. The men are fifth out of 12, as the Purple Knights' 258 points leave them just 1.5 short of Gordon College for fourth place. Due to inclement weather, Sunday's final day will include only timed trials. The day's events now begin at 4:30 p.m.

After none of the Purple and Gold's 10 relay records had fallen since 2012, three were toppled on Saturday. Farrington played a hand in both of the men's records, as he now has his name on 11 school marks this season. He also won the 50-yard butterfly in 22.59, lowering his own three-week-old standard by 1.31 seconds. During the 200-yard medley relay, Farrington, senior Nathan Paluso (Windham, Maine/Windham) and first-years Joe Carroll (Andover, Mass./Andover) and Zach Kosakowski (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) clocked in at 1:40.88 to place fifth, bettering a six-year-old record by 0.35 ticks. In the 800-yard freestyle relay, Carroll, Farrington, Paluso and sophomore Cam Thirkell (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) tied for fourth in 7:22.23, which lowered a mark Paluso helped set as a rookie in 2012 by 4.76 seconds.

Kosakowski was the only other man to qualify for a championship race, placing eighth in the 100-yard backstroke, followed by Carroll in 12th. Thirkell took 11th in the 50 fly, while junior Chad Phalon (Wantage, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) and first-year Michael May (Wallingford, Conn./Lyman Hall) placed 11th and 12th, respectively, in the 400-yard individual medley. Paluso claimed 13th during the 100-yard breaststroke race, and sophomore Riley Faszewski (Hooksett, N.H./Pinkerton Academy), first-year Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) and Phalon were 13th, 14th and 15th, respectively, during the 1,000 free.

McNall won her second event of the weekend in defending her 2014 crown during the 100 back, touching the wall in 58.14, just 0.48 seconds off of her own school mark. Senior Steph Nadow (Charlton, Mass./Saint Peter-Marian) placed seventh, while first-year Sammy Sidorakis (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) missed qualifying for the consolation championship by 0.34 seconds. McNall, Sidorakis, senior Kim Brady (Morris Township, N.J./Academy of Saint Elizabeth) and first-year Ally Fischang (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) combined to place third during the 800 free relay, clocking in at 8:10.87 to shatter a six-year-old program standard by 4.79 seconds.

In the 200 medley relay, McNall, junior Julie Shea (Peabody, Mass./Peabody Veterans Memorial/Assumption), sophomore Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow) and first-year Theresa Murphy (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield) were fourth in 1:52.07, just 0.70 seconds off of a three-year-old mark. Shea came within 0.78 seconds of her own mark in the 100 breast trials before finishing seventh in the finals, and first-year Betsy Portch (Hopewell Junction, N.Y./John Jay) placed seventh in the 1,000 free race at 11:29.08, which was 18.01 seconds off of a six-season-old record and left her only 2.38 ticks short of fifth place. Murphy moved from a tie for 12th during the 50 fly prelims into a final placement of ninth in the evening session, winning the consolation race, while Brady was 16th. Fischang finished 13th in the 200 free.

[2/18/15 Note: During the opening 50 back leg of the 200 medley relay, McNall clocked in at 27.76, breaking Kaytlyn Kelley's '12 three-year-old record by 0.07 seconds.]