POTSDAM, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving team won the State University of New York at Potsdam's North Country Invitational for the third time in four years on Saturday at Maxcy Hall Pool, while the men claimed second place for the third consecutive season.
The Purple Knight women totaled 560 points to best a seven-team field, with the host Bears the next closest at 385. The men netted 391 points to trail only Clarkson University (500) among six teams. Despite carrying only nine swimmers and no divers, Saint Michael's edged out SUNY Potsdam (356) and Monroe Community College (331), which both had at least one diver in the meet.
The Purple and Gold's men registered their second outright school record of the weekend while tying a third, while sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) posted his second and third top times in the Northeast-10 Conference this winter. Hopkins sided with juniors Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) and Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) and first-year Payton Stewart (Keene, N.H./Keene) to win the 200-yard medley relay in a school-record 1:39.27, besting the three-year-old mark by 1.61 seconds. It was the third-best time in the NE10 this season. Hopkins, Stewart and Thornton then joined senior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) to win the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:17.85, matching an eight-year-old standard with the second-best time in the NE10.
Hopkins won the 100 free (47.00) and 100-yard backstroke (52.97) events with the top times in the league, adding to him clocking in with the NE10's best 50 free showing on Friday. Ralston won the 1,650 free (17:00.55), bettering the runner-up by 1:34.05 to come within 4.23 seconds of a five-year-old school record in recording the NE10's second-best time of 2017-18. Thornton won the 200 free (1:49.72), with Ralston fourth (1:53.18).
Junior Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) was second in the 400-yard individual medley (4:33.61), first-year Dan Fortier (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) took third in the 200-yard butterfly (2:07.95), and Stewart claimed fifth in the 100 free (50.43). The Purple Knights' second 400 free relay quartet was fifth (3:34.12), as Butler, Fortier and Mulderrig joined senior Michael May (Wallingford, Conn./Lyman Hall).
Juniors Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) and Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) and sophomore Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) won twice each to pace the women, including all siding with senior Theresa Murphy (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield) to claim the 200 medley relay (1:56.35). Grimaldi and Kohn joined senior Coral Santos (Pawtucket, R.I./Saint Raphael Academy) and sophomore Sarah White (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet Regional) to win the 400 free relay (3:53.99).
Giampietro took the 200-yard breaststroke (2:37.02), with first-year Meg Geschwind (Rochester, Minn./Mayo) third (2:39.62). Senior Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) won the one-meter diving event (164.00), and Geschwind was victorious in the 400 IM (4:56.10), coming within 3.1 seconds of a four-year-old school record. Giampietro finished second (5:00.30), and first-year Kristin Burlew (Springfield, Vt./Hartford) touched the wall in fourth at 5:10.24, just 0.11 seconds shy of third.
Kohn was second in the 100 back (1:01.68) and 100 free (55.67), edging the third-place White in the former (1:06.53). Murphy placed second during the 200 fly (2:28.95), and sophomore Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) finished third during the 200 free (2:10.62).
With their first-semester schedules now complete, the Purple Knights rest until heading to Bentley University on Jan. 9 at 1 p.m.