KEENE, N.H. - The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams combined to take three out of five decisions on Saturday during a season-opening quad meet at Keene State College, their first quad meet since the 1997-98 season. The Purple Knight women came out of the day 2-1, while the men are 1-1.
The Purple and Gold women downed 2-3 Colby-Sawyer College, 198-72, and 2-5 Franklin Pierce University, 213-57, but fell to the 3-0 host by a 196-97 count. It was the Purple Knights' first dual meet with Keene State since 2004-05, 12th win in a row over Colby-Sawyer, and initial meeting against Franklin Pierce, a first-year varsity program. The Saint Michael's men extended their winning streak over 0-3 Colby-Sawyer to 10 with a 176-42 triumph but lost a 162-96 decision against 2-0 Keene State.
Junior Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) and sophomore Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) both turned in four top-three showings, including one win. Kohn captured the 200-yard backstroke (2:17.57), while Giampietro took the 200-yard individual medley (2:24.26), also placing second in the 200-yard breaststroke and third during the 100 breast. The duo combined on the third-place 200-yard medley relay, joining senior Theresa Murphy (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield) and junior Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth).
Grimaldi and Kohn sided with senior Coral Santos (Pawtucket, R.I./Saint Raphael Academy) and first-year Kristin Burlew (Springfield, Vt./Hartford) to take third in the 400 free relay. Kohn also placed third in the 1,000 free at 11:24.74, narrowly trailing first-year Meg Geschwind (Rochester, Minn./Mayo), who nabbed second at 11:24.67. Geschwind captured second in both the 500 free and 200-yard butterfly races.
Burlew was second in the 200 free, third during the 100 free and fourth in the 200 breast, while Murphy placed third in the 200 fly, one spot ahead of Santos. During the 100 fly, Murphy clocked in at 1:06.55 to take second, edging out sophomore Sarah White (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet Regional), who was third in 1:06.58. White was the 100 back runner-up, and senior Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) placed second in both one-meter diving events, netting 164.70 points in the second round to trail the winner by 3.97.
Senior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) and junior Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) both won two events among their four top-three performances. Each swam a leg for the winning 400 free relay (3:30.08), joining sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) and first-year Payton Stewart (Keene, N.H./Keene), who was competing in his hometown. Ralston captured the 1,000 free (10:38.79) while finishing second in the 500 free to the victorious Thornton (5:09.34).
Thornton claimed second in the 100 free at 53.36, trimming the third-place Stewart by 0.10 seconds, and finished third during the 200 free. Hopkins was second in both the 50 free and 100 back, edging the third-place Ralston during the former. Hopkins and Stewart sided with junior Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) and first-year Dan Fortier (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) to finish second in the 200 medley relay. Fortier was second in the 100 fly, with Stewart third, while Butler touched the wall second during the 100 breast.
Sophomore Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) had a trio of top-three showings, taking second in the 200 back and 200 IM as well as placing third in the 200 fly. Senior Michael May (Wallingford, Conn./Lyman Hall) took third in the 200 breast and 200 IM races.
The Purple Knights rest until visiting Colby-Sawyer on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m.