COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College men's swimming & diving sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) was named Northeast-10 Conference Swimmer of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, Nov. 19. It marked the second straight week Hopkins' men's team earned a major award, as he was part of last week's NE10 Relay Team of the Week.
Four other Purple Knights earned a spot on the NE10 Weekly Honor Roll, with senior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) and junior Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) hailing from the men's team and junior Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) and sophomore Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) representing the women.
Hopkins won six events, posted the top times in the NE10 this year in three events, and played a role in three school records while accounting for 170 of his team's 391 points during a second-place finish at the State University of New York at Potsdam's North Country Invitational over the weekend. Hopkins won the 50-yard freestyle (21.36), 100-yard backstroke (52.97) and 100 free (47.00), claiming the NE10's top times in each while missing the 50 free school record by 0.01 seconds; he is also 50th in Division II in the event. He has now been lauded by the conference with an accolade during three straight weeks.
Hopkins led off for the victorious 200-yard medley relay (1:39.27) and 400 medley relay (3:39.58), both of which set outright school records. His opening 50 back (24.95) in the 200 medley relay was the NE10's second-fastest time, and the foursome's time was third. In the 400 free relay (3:17.85), Hopkins anchored the winning quartet with a time of 46.68, making up a 1.13-second deficit to win by 0.67 seconds. The foursome tied a school record with the NE10's third-best time this year. Hopkins anchored the second-place 200 free relay (1:30.28), as swimming a 20.92-second anchor leg to nearly make up a 1.22-second deficit but lose by 0.20 seconds. Hopkins paces the men with six relay wins this winter while tying for the top spot with 13 total victories.
Ralston, who landed his fourth honor of the season, had a hand in four wins and two school records at the North Country Invitational. Ralston won the 500 free (4:56.12) and the 1,650 free (17:00.55) with the fourth- and second-best times in the NE10 this year, respectively; his 1,650 free is good for 27th in Division II. Ralston also swam for the top 400 free relay (3:17.85) and the 400 medley relay (3:39.58), with the medley breaking a school record and the freestyle tying a program mark with the third-best time in the NE10. The 200 free relay (1:30.28) took second, losing by 0.20 seconds. Ralston placed fourth in the 200 free (1:53.18) and sixth during the 200 medley relay (1:48.06). He leads the Purple Knights with eight solo wins while tying for first in total victories (13).
Thornton won five events and had a role in three school records at the North Country Invitational. He won the 100-yard butterfly (54.04) and 200 free (1:49.72) races while guiding the 200 medley relay (1:39.27), 400 free relay (3:17.85) and the 400 medley relay (3:39.58) to wins in school-record times. In the case of the 400 free relay, the quartet tied a program mark with the NE10's third-best time this winter. Thornton took second in the 500 free (5:01.84) and helped a 200 free relay squad place seventh (1:37.73). Having now been recognized twice this season, Thornton has five individual triumphs and 10 combined victories.
Kohn had a hand in four wins and three second-place finishes while helping Saint Michael's win the North Country Invitational over the weekend. Kohn won the 1,650 free (18:29.12) and took second during the 100 back (1:01.68) and 100 free (55.67). She also led off for the top 200 medley relay (1:56.35) and 400 medley relay (4:16.56) while anchoring the winning 400 free relay (3:53.99). Kohn led off for the second-place 200 free relay (1:47.72). Kohn, who earned an NE10 accolade for the second straight week, leads the Purple Knights in total wins (14) and relay victories (6) while tying for the top spot in individual triumphs (8). She now has 54 career victories, recording her 50th on Nov. 11 against Clarkson University.
Giampietro, who claimed her fourth league award, played a role in four wins and one second-place finish during her five events at the North Country Invitational. She won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.37) and 200 breast (2:37.02) races while helping the 200 medley relay (1:56.35) and 400 medley relay (4:16.56) to victories. Giampietro was also second in the 400-yard individual medley (5:00.30). She has matched Kohn for the team lead with eight individual wins while standing second in total triumphs (13).
The Saint Michael's women are 5-2 and the men stand 2-2 at the midway point of their season. With the first semester complete, they return to action on Jan. 9 at Bentley University at 1 p.m.