Men's Swimming & Diving Claims NE10 Relay Team of the Week, Seven Purple Knights Honored

Men's Swimming & Diving Claims NE10 Relay Team of the Week, Seven Purple Knights Honored

COLCHESTER, Vt. - A Saint Michael's College men's swimming & diving quartet earned Northeast-10 Conference Relay Team of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, Nov. 12, while six Purple Knights earned selection to the NE10 Weekly Honor Roll. Senior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) and sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) were recognized with both accolades.

Senior Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic), junior Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) and sophomore Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) each landed on the NE10 Weekly Honor Roll.

During the Purple Knights' final event against Clarkson University on Saturday, Hopkins, Ralston, junior Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) and first-year Payton Stewart (Keene, N.H./Keene) combined to win the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:34.19. Hopkins entered the water for the anchor leg trailing by 1.2 seconds but overcame the deficit to help the foursome claim the race by only 0.1 seconds.

Hopkins earned an NE10 Weekly Honor Roll position for the second straight week, winning twice in the 130-90 loss to Clarkson. He topped the 50 free (22.37) with the eighth-best time in the NE10 this winter before guiding the 200 free relay to victory. Hopkins was also third in the 100 free (50.42), trailing the runner-up by 0.46 seconds. He is tied for first on the team in relay wins (3) while second in individual (4) and overall (7) victories.

Ralston won three times against Clarkson, topping the 500 free (5:10.18) and 1,000 free (10:51.09) while leading off for the victorious 200 free relay squad. While earning his third NE10 Weekly Honor Roll nod, Ralston leads the Purple Knights in solo (6) and overall (9) wins, having recorded career highs in both, and is tied for first in relay victories (3).

Gigandet won all four one-meter diving competitions while helping her team go 2-1 over the weekend. In a tri-meet against NE10 foes Franklin Pierce University and Merrimack College on Friday, she won both events, with 137.85 points in the first and 178.85 in the second, notching the seventh-best score in the league this winter during the latter. The Purple Knights downed the Ravens, 186-26, and lost to the Warriors, 123-100. In a 125-77 win over Clarkson on Saturday, she totaled 161.05 and 123.32 points. Gigandet's six wins are one short of the team leader, as she earned her second weekly accolade this year.

Kohn was a perfect 6-for-6 while winning six different events over the weekend. Against Franklin Pierce and Merrimack, she won the 100 free (57.09) and 200 free (2:03.68) while leading off for the top 200-yard medley relay (1:57.36) team. Versus Clarkson, Kohn won the 50 free (26.58) and 500 free (5:34.31) and led off for the fastest 400 medley relay (4:19.31). Kohn leads the Purple Knights in overall (10) and individual (7) victories while tying for the lead in relay triumphs (3).

Giampietro won five of her six events last weekend, and has landed NE10 accolades three times. Against Franklin Pierce and Merrimack, she won the 100-year breaststroke (1:13.51) while helping the top 200 medley relay foursome. Giampietro took second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:22.17). Versus Clarkson, she won the 100 breast (1:13.93) and 200 IM (2:23.71) while guiding the top 400 medley relay foursome. Giampietro is tied for the squad lead with three relay victories while placing second in total wins (9) and tying for second in solo triumphs (6).

The Saint Michael's women are 5-2 and the men stand 2-2 at the midway point of their dual-meet season. They complete their first-semester schedules this weekend at the State University of New York at Potsdam's two-day North Country Invitational. Friday action kicks off at 4 p.m.