Swimming & diving splits with Saint Lawrence, men lose narrow decision

Swimming & diving splits with Saint Lawrence, men lose narrow decision

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams split Senior Day decisions with Saint Lawrence University on Sunday in the Ross Sports Center natatorium, as the 4-3 women downed the 3-3 Saints, 124-98, while the Purple Knight men fell by a 115-112 margin. Both men's teams are 1-5.

Senior Julie Shea (Peabody, Mass./Peabody Veterans Memorial/Assumption) and junior Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) both won three times for the women, while sophomore diver Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) claimed a pair of triumphs.

McNall topped the 100-yard backstroke field in 1:00.91, the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.80, and the 200-yard freestyle at 2:01.04. Shea touched the wall first in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:12.50 and the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:20.33. She also completed a leg for the top 200-yard medley relay foursome, which clocked in at 2:00.50, joining sophomore Theresa Murphy (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield) and first-years Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) and Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich). Gigandet won both one-meter diving events, with 136.60 points in the five-dive portion and 186.40 during the six-dive section.

Kohn was also second in the 500 free, while Murphy sided with senior Luci Franklin (Steamboat Springs, Colo./Lowell Whiteman School) and first-years Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) and Shannon Kelley (Jefferson, Mass./Wachusett Regional) to place second in the 200 free relay.

The men outscored the Saints, 112-89, during swimming events, but Saint Lawrence garnered 26 important points through its two divers over a pair of events, overcoming a 91-87 deficit with three events remaining. The Purple Knights' top 200 free relay quartet, comprised of junior Ryan Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham), sophomore Zach Kosakowski (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme) and first-years Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) and Ryan Kirkpatrick (Hebron, Conn./RHAM), combined to win the final race of the meet in 1:35.05, but the Saints clinched the team victory by virtue of their only entry in the 200 free relay claiming second place in the event.

Kirkpatrick, who overcame a large deficit in the final 50 yards of the 200 free relay, also won the 50 free in 23.38 and anchored the top 200 medley relay foursome. He, sophomore Joe Carroll (Andover, Mass./Andover) and first-years Benjamin Guilmette (East Longmeadow, Mass./East Longmeadow) and Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) combined to finish in 1:47.45. Kosakowski was also a triple winner, topping the 100 back field in 56.58 while touching the wall first during the 200 IM in 2:08.32.

Thornton won the 500 free in 5:12.84 and took second in the 200 free, while Ryan Butler nabbed second in the 50 free, as his time of 23.69 was 0.31 shy of Kirkpatrick. Guilmette came within 0.54 seconds of first during a runner-up 100 free showing, and Seamus Butler took second place in the 100 breast to hold off the third-place Guilmette by 0.04 ticks. Junior Stephen Andersen (Concord, N.H./Concord) was second in the 100 fly.

Seven seniors were honored during the meet: Franklin, Shea, Theresa Barsanti (Saratoga, Calif./Saint Lawrence Academy), Zoe Doucette (Ashland, Mass./Ashland), Sean Faust (Los Angeles, Calif./Loyola), Chad Phalon (Wantage, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) and Catherine Tierney (Cape Elizabeth, Maine/Cape Elizabeth).

The teams break until next Saturday, when they visit the State University of New York at Potsdam for a 1 p.m. meet.