Six Swimming & Diving Student-Athletes Earn NE10 Weekly Honor Roll Accolades

Six Swimming & Diving Student-Athletes Earn NE10 Weekly Honor Roll Accolades

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Six members of the Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving programs earned selections to the Northeast-10 Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the week ending on Sunday, Jan. 14. Senior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) and sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) represented the men's program, while seniors Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) and Theresa Murphy (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield), junior Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) and sophomore Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) hailed from the women's squad.

Ralston, who landed his fifth honor of the season, won six times and was among the top two in 10 of his 11 events during a three-meet week. At Bentley University last Tuesday, he won the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:27.58), was second in the 50-yard breaststroke and 500 free (5:03.71), and third during the 400-yard medley relay (3:53.70) in a 161-96 loss. Ralston won the 500 free (5:04.94) and 1,000 free (10:34.59) while leading off for the top 200 free relay (1:32.50) and taking second during the 100 free (51.63) in a 154-131 loss at the State University of New York at Potsdam on Saturday. Against The College of Saint Rose on Sunday, he won the 500 free (5:03.86) and 1,000 free (10:26.21) while helping a 400 medley relay quartet (3:51.92) place second. Ralston leads the Purple Knights with 13 solo wins while tying for first in total victories (19) after winning eight total events his first three years combined, all as a junior. He ranks third in the NE10 this year in the 1,650 free, sixth in the 1,000 free and 10th in the 500 free.

A fourth-time league honoree, Hopkins won six times and was among the top three 10 times during a three-meet week. At Bentley, he won the 200-yard backstroke (2:04.71), anchored the third-place 400 free relay (3:35.25), led off for the third-place 400 medley relay (3:53.70) with the second-best opening 100 back, and placed fourth during the 200 free (1:57.11). Hopkins won the 50 free (22.52), 100 back (55.77) and 100 free (50.64) while anchoring the top 200 free relay (1:32.50) at SUNY Potsdam. Against Saint Rose, he won the 50 free (21.99), was second during the 100 free (49.59), and led off for the second-place 400 medley relay (3:51.92). Hopkins leads the team with seven relay wins and is tied for the top spot with a career-high 19 overall victories. Among all NE10 swimmers, he is ranked first in the 100 back and 100 free, second in the 50 free and third in the 50 back this season.

Gigandet won four times in six events while helping Saint Michael's go 2-1 last week. In a 176.5-92.5 loss at Bentley on Tuesday, she took third in the one-meter dive (187.35), coming within 1.94 points of second, and third during the three-meter dive (160.20). In the Purple Knights' 181-103 win at SUNY Potsdam on Saturday, she swept the one- (159.25) and three-meter (159.15) events before following suit on Sunday at Saint Rose during her team's first series win since 2006-07. The Purple Knights earned a 128-93 win, and Gigandet scored 179.02 points in the one-meter dive and 114.05 points during the three-meter competition. Gigandet, who was lauded with an award for the third time this season, has matched her career high with 11 victories, the most by a Purple Knight diver since Jade Lubeck '13 totaled 14 triumphs in 2009-10, and is tied for first on the team in solo wins.

Murphy registered a team-high five wins during the Purple Knights' 2-1 week while nabbing her first accolade of the winter. At Bentley, she won the 50-yard butterfly (27.79) with the ninth-best time in the NE10 this winter while placing third in the 400 medley relay (4:25.93), fourth in the 200 fly (2:34.27) and sixth in the 100 free (1:01.34). Murphy earned wins in the 100 fly (1:04.94), 200 fly (2:27.89) and 200 medley relay (1:59.02) while taking fifth in the 200-yard individual medley (2:36.26) at SUNY Potsdam. She helped the Purple Knights down Saint Rose by winning the 100 fly (1:02.42) and aiding runner-up quartets in the 400 free relay (4:01.20) and 400 medley relay (4:16.54). After winning nine individual events during her first three years combined, Murphy has eight solo wins this season and a career-high 14 combined victories.

Kohn had four wins while placing among the top two in nine events last week. At Bentley, she was second in the 500 free (5:34.27), tied for second in the 200 free (2:06.34), and anchored the third-place 400 free relay (4:04.47) and 400 medley relay (4:25.93) quartets. Kohn won the 200 free (2:04.26), led off for the winning 200 medley relay (1:59.02) and anchored the top 200 free relay (1:47.70) while taking second in the 100 free (58.26) at SUNY Potsdam. Against Saint Rose, she won the 200 free (2:05.13), took second during the 100 back (1:02.51) and led off for the runner-up 400 medley relay (4:16.54). Kohn, who earned an NE10 accolade for the third time, leads the Purple Knights in total wins (18) and relay victories (8), pushing her career total to 58 triumphs..

Giampietro, who claimed her fifth league award, notched four wins among seven top-two finishes last week. At Bentley, she was third in the 50 breast (34.36), 200 breast (2:40.92, 0.61 seconds shy of second) and 400 medley relay (4:25.93) while placing fifth in the 400 IM (5:03.35). Giampietro won the 100 breast (1:12.56), 200 breast (2:34.95), 200 IM (2:21.63) and 200 medley relay (1:59.02) at SUNY Potsdam before claiming runner-up showings in the 100 breast (1:12.25), 200 IM (2:20.92) and 400 medley relay (4:16.54) at Saint Rose. She is tied for the team lead with 11 individual wins while standing second with a career-high-tying 17 total triumphs.

The Saint Michael's women are 7-3 and the men stand 2-5 heading into their home meet on Thursday with Norwich University at 5 p.m. The women have their most wins since going 9-7 in 1996-97.