COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving team kicked off its home slate by splitting a tri-meet against Northeast-10 Conference foes Franklin Pierce University and Merrimack College on Friday afternoon at the Ross Sports Center natatorium. The 4-2 Purple Knights downed 2-7 Franklin Pierce, 186-26, while falling against 2-1 Merrimack, 123-100. Merrimack also bested Franklin Pierce, 172-24.
Junior Patty Kohn's (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) three victories led the way, as she topped the 100- (57.09) and 200-yard (2:03.68) freestyle races while leading off for the top 200-yard medley quartet (1:57.36). Senior Theresa Murphy (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield), junior Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) and sophomore Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) swam the remaining legs.
Murphy topped the 100-yard butterfly (1:03.01), while Giampietro was first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.51), with first-year Kristin Burlew (Springfield, Vt./Hartford) third. Giampietro also placed second during the 200-yard individual medley. Senior Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) claimed both one-meter diving competitions, first scoring 137.85 before netting 178.85.
Burlew and Grimaldi joined senior Coral Santos (Pawtucket, R.I./Saint Raphael Academy) and sophomore Sarah White (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet Regional) to capture second place in the 200 free relay, while first-year Meg Geschwind (Rochester, Minn./Mayo) was third in both the 500 and 1,000 free races.
The Purple Knight women join the men in hosting Clarkson University tomorrow at 1 p.m.