COLCHESTER, Vt. - Four members of the Saint Michael's College swimming & diving programs landed Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll accolades for the week ending on Sunday, Nov. 5. Senior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) and sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) represented the men's squad, while senior Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) and sophomore Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) hailed from the women's team. Giampietro and Ralston both earned their second laurel of the season.
Ralston won a career-high four times on Saturday in a 116-53 victory at Colby-Sawyer College, including setting one pool record with the third-best time in the NE10 this year in the 1,650-yard freestyle (17:40.65). He also topped the 500 free (5:18.72) and 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.41) fields while leading off for the top 400 free relay (3:41.19) quartet with the fastest opening 50 free leg (55.19). With team highs of four individual and six overall victories this season, the captain is one short of his career high in solo wins and two away from his best in overall triumphs, both set last winter.
Hopkins won a career-best four times at Colby-Sawyer, including setting a pool record during the 100-yard backstroke (56.24). He also won the 200 back (2:06.85) and 50 free (22.46) while leading off for the top 200-yard medley relay (1:44.37) with the fastest opening 50 back leg (26.27). Hopkins is tied for first on the team in relay wins (2) while tying for second on the squad in both individual (3) and combined (5) triumphs.
Gigandet won the one- (163.05) and three-meter (80.80) diving events during a 130-109 victory at Colby-Sawyer, claiming her initial two wins of the 2017-18 season. Thanks in large part to winning a career-high 11 events last season, Gigandet now has 25 career wins.
Giampietro captured a career-high-tying three events among four top-two finishes at Colby-Sawyer. She won the 100 (1:13.12) and 200 (2:38.91) breast races while joining the top 200 medley relay (2:00.67) and also taking second in the 400-yard individual medley (5:03.17). She is tied for the team lead in individual (3) and combined victories (4) this winter.
The Purple Knight men are 2-1 while the women stand 3-1 heading into this weekend. The women host Franklin Pierce University and Merrimack College on Friday at 5 p.m. before both teams host Clarkson University on Saturday at 1 p.m.