COLCHESTER, Vt. - Three members of the Saint Michael's College swimming & diving programs landed Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll accolades for the week ending on Sunday, Oct. 22. Senior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) and junior Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) represented the men's squad, while sophomore Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) hailed from the women's team. The Purple Knights opened their season this past weekend at a multi-team meet.
Ralston helped the Saint Michael's men go 1-1 during a tri-meet on Saturday, winning the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:38.79) by 34.70 seconds and the 400 free relay (3:30.08) while taking second in the 500 free (5:11.17) and third during the 50 free (24.18). The Purple Knights downed Colby-Sawyer College, 176-42, but fell to Keene State College, 162-96. Ralston, a team captain, is coming off of a junior season during which he notched the first eight victories of his career, with five coming during individual races.
At Saturday's tri-meet, Thornton won the 500 free (5:09.34) and 400 free relay (3:30.08), took second in the 100 free (53.36) and finished third during the 200 free (1:55.24), coming within 0.46 seconds of second place. Thornton set career highs with 10 individual and 13 overall victories as a sophomore, leading the team in the former and tying for the top spot in the latter. He now has 25 career event triumphs.
Giampietro helped Saint Michael's go 2-1 during a women's quad meet on Saturday, winning the 200-yard individual medley (2:24.26), finishing second in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:40.34) and taking third during both the 100 breast (1:14.22) and 200-yard medley relay (1:59.69). The Purple Knights downed Colby-Sawyer, 198-72, and Franklin Pierce University, 213-57, but fell to Keene State, 196-97. As a rookie last winter, Giampietro turned in 17 event victories, with eight coming in solo races and nine during relays.
The Purple Knight men are 1-1 while the women stand 2-1, as they visit Colby-Sawyer on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m.