NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving senior Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) claimed an event championship for the second consecutive night at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Sunday, winning the 200-yard backstroke, as the meet wound down its final day.
McNall reached an NCAA Championship provisional qualifying standard for the third straight day, as well, while breaking a meet record in the 200 back. She and sophomore Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) set school marks on Sunday, with Kohn surpassing the oldest remaining swimming record at the College. Purple Knights broke nine school standards during NE10s, with McNall having a hand in six and Kohn three.
The Purple and Gold women placed seventh among nine schools during a meet held in Southern Connecticut State University's Hutchinson Natatorium, scoring 266 points. The hosts won with 861. The men were seventh out of seven, totaling 199 points. Bentley University's men scored 880.5 points to win.
During the morning 200 back trials, McNall claimed the top position at 2:01.41, surpassing her two-year-old school record by 2.52 seconds while besting the closest finisher in the race by 4.88 ticks. She met an NCAA Championship B cut before lowering her time even more in the evening finals, clocking in at 2:00.03 for the 13th-best time in NCAA Division II this winter; 28 women competed in the event at the 2016 NCAA Championship. McNall's time was not only an NE10 Championship record by 0.55 seconds, but is believed to be third in NE10 history. She won the title by 3.82 seconds; the second- through fifth-place finishers were separated by 3.5 ticks. Qualifiers will be announced soon for the NCAA Division II Championship, which takes place on March 8-11 in Birmingham, Ala. No Purple Knight swimmer has ever qualified, while two divers did so during the 1980s.
McNall claimed her fifth career all-conference finish - necessitating a placement among the top two in an event at NE10s - while winning for the third time, having also captured the 2015 and 2017 100 back titles. She won the 100 back crown with another NCAA Championship provisional qualification on Saturday evening, when she was also second in the 100-yard butterfly, finishing with three all-league finishes at this year's championship. Her time in the opening 100 back portion (55.77) of the 400-yard medley relay on Friday was even better, however, and put her 18th in Division II this season. McNall, who has 102 career event victories, is second at Saint Michael's in all-conference finishes for a career only to Eileen Mullowney '12, who claimed eight, including five victories.
Kohn clocked in at 18:22.30 during the 1,650-yard freestyle, shattering Stephanie Hammer's '09 11-year-old program record by 24.37 seconds. Hammer's had been the longest-standing mark remaining at the College among 23 swimming events. Kohn finished 13th. First-year Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) was 10th during the 200-yard breaststroke at 2:31.41, just 1.33 seconds shy of a three-year-old record.
Kohn, McNall, junior Ally Fischang (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and sophomore Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) were sixth during the 400 free relay at 3:44.81, leaving them just 0.09 ticks outside the top five. A second quartet took 12th, with sophomores Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) and Meg Flanagan (Middletown, R.I./The Prout School/Boston College) and first-years Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) and Sarah Brennan (Glen Rock, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) completing legs. Senior Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow) was 16th in the 100 free (55.80).
Junior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) took eighth in the men's 1,650 at 17:10.72, while first-year Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) was 12th in the 100 free (48.24), trimming 0.28 seconds off of his trials time. Sophomore Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) claimed 15th during the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 2:03.13. During the 400 free relay, the trio joined senior Ryan Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) to claim seventh place at 3:19.34.