POTSDAM, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving team leads the State University of New York at Potsdam's North Country Invitational after Friday's opening-day action at Maxcy Hall Pool, while the men are second. In a five-school field, the defending-champion Purple Knight women have 193 points to edge out second-place Monroe Community College by one, while the men garnered 180 points to trim Monroe's 175 and SUNY Potsdam's 170. The final day of the Purple and Gold's semester-ending competition begins on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The women were buoyed by eight top-five finishes, with sophomore Sammy Sidorakis (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) playing a role in three. She took fourth in both the 500-yard freestyle (5:44.26), coming within 0.2 seconds of third place, and the 200-yard backstroke (2:22.19), as first-year Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) claimed victory in the 200 back at 2:15.08. The duo joined first-years Shannon Kelley (Jefferson, Mass./Wachusett Regional) and Allison Plummer (Bath, Maine/Morse) for a third-place showing in the 400-yard medley relay (4:28.52).
During the 200 free relay, Kelley and Kohn combined with sophomore Katherine Lecce (Falls Church, Va./Saint Margaret's School) and first-year Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) to nab third place (1:49.23). Kelley finished third in the 100-yard butterfly (1:04.27), coming within 0.05 seconds of the runner-up, and Doherty claimed fifth in the 50 free (27.14), edging Lecce by 0.02 ticks. Senior Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth) touched the wall fifth during the 1,650 free race (20:52.72).
Despite being second at the meet through the opening day, the Purple Knight men compiled three event triumphs and one school record while matching the women with eight top-five showings. During the 400 medley relay, sophomores Pierce Farrington (Shelburne, Vt./Champlain Valley Union) and Zach Kosakowski (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) and first-year Ryan Kirkpatrick (Hebron, Conn./RHAM) and Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) combined for a victorious time of 3:43.22, which also edged a seven-year-old school record by 0.50 seconds. It was the 13th school record that bears Farrington's name, as well as Kosakowski's third.
Thornton also picked up a win in the 500 free (5:03.76), while Farrington, Kirkpatrick and Kosakowski joined junior Ryan Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) to top the 200 free relay field (1:31.20). Farrington was second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.51), while Kosakowski took fifth (2:11.63), just 0.18 ticks out of fourth. Kirkpatrick claimed fourth during the 100 fly (58.96) and fifth in the 50 free (23.34), while sophomore Joe Carroll (Andover, Mass./Andover) finished third in the 200 back race (2:14.36), coming within 0.09 seconds of the runner-up.