COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College swimming & diving teams split a dual meet with Clarkson University on Saturday at the Ross Sports Center, with the women claiming a 125-77 triumph and the men losing a 130-90 decision. The women moved to 5-2 after their ninth consecutive victory over the 0-3 Golden Knights, while the Purple and Gold men are 2-2. Clarkson's men are now 2-1.
Junior Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) and sophomore Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) both won three races, including siding on the 400-yard medley relay (4:19.31). Senior Theresa Murphy (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield) and sophomore Sara White (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet Regional) also swam legs. Kohn topped the 50- (26.58) and 500-yard (5:34.31) freestyle races, and Giampietro took the 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.93) and 200-yard individual medley (2:23.71) events. Kohn edged out junior Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) by just 0.33 seconds in the 50 free.
Murphy added a win in the 100-yard butterfly (1:03.07) by 0.07 seconds, and Grimaldi topped the 100 free (1:00.40) field, with junior Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) taking second. Grimaldi and White sided with senior Coral Santos (Pawtucket, R.I./Saint Raphael Academy) and junior Meg Flanagan (Middletown, R.I./The Prout School/Boston College) to win the 200 free relay (1:49.56.). Senior Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) took both one-meter diving events, with 161.05 and 123.32 points.
Sophomore Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) touched the wall first during the 1,000 free (12:25.39), followed by classmate Megan Reid (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) in second. Adelson was second in the 500 free, Santos took the runner-up spot in the 200 free, and senior Sammy Sidorakis (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) placed second during the 100-yard backstroke.
Senior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) registered three wins to pace the men, including taking the 500 free (5:10.18) and 1,000 free (10:51.09) events. During the 200 free relay, he partnered with junior Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham), sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) and first-year Payton Stewart (Keene, N.H./Keene) for victory in 1:34.19, topping a Clarkson foursome by 0.10 seconds. Hopkins took the 50 free race (22.37) for his second win.
Junior Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) was the runner-up during the 100 fly, 200 free and 500 free, as he trailed the winner during the 100 fly by 0.47 seconds and the top finisher during the 200 free by 0.54 ticks. Butler was part of a second-place 200 medley relay quartet, joining junior Jacob Sutton (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro), sophomore Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) and first-year Dan Fortier (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich). Stewart was third in the 50 free, Fortier took third in the 100 fly, and Mulderrig placed third during the 200 IM.
The Purple Knights complete their first-semester schedules next weekend at the State University of New York at Potsdam's two-day North Country Invitational. Friday action kicks off at 4 p.m.