POTSDAM, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving team captured 14 events while downing the State University of New York at Potsdam, 181-103, on Saturday in Maxcy Hall Pool. The 2-4 men, who nabbed nine victories despite fielding an eight-man roster this semester and led until the midway point of the meet, lost a 154-131 decision to the 2-2 Bears.
The Purple Knight women, now 6-3, defeated a 1-3 squad, earning their seventh consecutive series victory. They have at least six wins for the third time in four years, already recording at least five triumphs in four straight seasons for the first time since 1992-93 to 1996-97. Both Purple and Gold squads made their second trip this year to SUNY Potsdam, as the women won the Nov. 17-18 North Country Invitational while the men took second.
Sophomore Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) matched her career high with four wins, set in the same pool during November's North Country Invitational, while registering four victories in a single dual meet for the first time. Giampietro topped the 100- (1:12.56) and 200-yard (2:34.95) breaststroke races as well as the 200-yard individual medley (2:21.63) competition.
In the 200-yard medley relay (1:59.02), Giampietro joined senior Theresa Murphy (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield), junior Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) and sophomore Sarah White (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet Regional) on the top foursome. Kohn also won the 200 free (2:04.26) and was second in the 100 free while siding with White, junior Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) and first-year Kristin Burlew (Springfield, Vt./Hartford) to take the 200 free relay (1:47.70). Murphy was also a triple winner, capturing the 100- (1:04.94) and 200-yard (2:27.89) butterfly events.
Doherty earned another win in the 50 free (27.36), and senior Sammy Sidorakis (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) took the 100- (1:08.01) and 200-yard (2:22.70) backstrokes, with White second in the 200. Senior Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) topped the one- (159.25) and three-meter (159.15) dives, and first-year Meg Geschwind (Rochester, Minn./Mayo) won the 1,000 free (11:36.99) while placing third in the 200 IM, just 0.89 seconds short of second. Sophomore Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) was second in the 500 free and third in the 1,000 free, only 0.14 ticks out of second.
Sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) won four times to pace the men, taking the 50 free (22.52), 100 back (55.77) and 100 free (50.64) while anchoring the top 200 free relay (1:32.50). He joined senior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy), sophomore Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) and first-year Payton Stewart (Keene, N.H./Keene) during the relay.
Mulderrig and Ralston were also triple winners. Mulderrig won the 100 (57.88) and 200 (2:08.61) fly while taking second in the 200 IM, and Ralston topped the 500 (5:04.94) and 1,000 (10:34.59) free races while taking second in the 100 free. Stewart won the 200 free (1:55.77) and was second in both the 50 free and 100 fly. Junior Tim Kinville (Colchester, Vt./Missisquoi Valley Union) was the runner-up in both the one- and three-meter diving events, while first-year Dan Fortier (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) touched the wall second in the 200 fly while taking fourth in the 100 fly but coming within 0.2 seconds of third.
Senior Michael May (Wallingford, Conn./Lyman Hall) was third in the 100 breast, junior Jacob Sutton (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) placed third in the 200 breast, and the duo joined Fortier and Kinville to collect a third-place showing in the 200 medley relay.
Saint Michael's turns around and visits The College of Saint Rose tomorrow at 1 p.m. to complete its road dual-meet schedule.