Four Swimming & Diving Student-Athletes Earn NE10 Weekly Honor Roll Nods

Four Swimming & Diving Student-Athletes Earn NE10 Weekly Honor Roll Nods

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Four 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. 21. Senior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) and sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) represented the men's program, while junior Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) and sophomore Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) hailed from the women's squad.

Ralston, who landed his sixth honor of the season, won six of his seven events during a 1-1 week. In a 174-102 loss to Norwich University on Thursday, he took the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.36) and 500 free (5:10.52) while finishing second in the 50-yard breaststroke (30.14) by 0.51 seconds. Ralston also swam for the triumphant 200-yard medley relay (1:43.36). During a 118-90 win against Saint Lawrence University on Sunday, each of his three wins came during the final three swimming events of the day. Ralston bested the 500 free (5:03.04) field before capturing the 100 breast (1:06.95) then being part of the top 200 free relay (1:32.39). Ralston is tied for first on the team with 17 solo wins while standing one off the leads in total (25) and relay (8) triumphs 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, eighth in the 1,000 free and 10th in the 500 free.

A fifth-time league honoree, Hopkins won all seven races he entered last week, leading the NE10 in event victories. Against Norwich, he won the 50-yard backstroke (26.08), 50 free (22.19) and 100 back (56.38) while leading off for the top 200 medley relay (1:43.36). Versus Saint Lawrence, Hopkins captured the 50 free (22.12) and 100 free (49.56) while anchoring the winning 200 free relay (1:32.39). Hopkins leads the team with 26 total wins and nine relay victories and is tied for the top spot with 17 solo wins. Among all NE10 swimmers, he is ranked first in the 100 free, second in the 50 free and 100 back, and third in the 50 back this season.

Kohn won six times in seven events during a 1-1 week. During a 140-112 victory over Norwich on Thursday, she won the 100 back (1:04.11) and 1,000 free (11:46.43) races, led off for the top 200 medley relay (2:00.70), and aided the winning 200 free relay (1:51.02). In a 137-97 loss to Saint Lawrence on Sunday, she won the 200 free (2:02.40) by 0.13 seconds by out-touching an opponent at the finish while taking second in the 500 free (5:28.58). In the 200 medley relay (1:56.78), her leadoff 50 back leg (29.47) gave the Purple Knights a 1.63-second lead they would not relinquish en route to winning the event. Kohn, who earned an NE10 accolade for the fourth time, leads the Purple Knights with career highs in total wins (24) and relay victories (11), pushing her career total to 64 triumphs. She is tied for second with 13 individual wins.

Giampietro, who claimed her sixth league award, won four times while claiming two runner-up showings last week. Versus Norwich, she won the 100 breast (1:12.94) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:08.43), taking the latter by 0.02 seconds after overcoming a 1.37-second deficit following the opening 50 yards. She aided the winning 200 medley relay (2:00.70) and the fourth-place 200 free relay (1:55.40). Against Saint Lawrence, she helped the 200 medley relay win (1:56.78) while taking second in the 100 breast (1:11.43), losing by only 0.32 seconds. Giampietro also finished second in the 200-yard individual medley (2:21.73). She is tied for second on the team with 13 individual wins while standing second with a career-high 21 total triumphs.

With the dual-meet portion of the season complete, the Saint Michael's women went 8-4 while posting their highest win total since 1996-97. The men were 3-6, ending up with their most victories since 2009-10. The squads are amid training for the season-ending, four-day NE10 Championship, which begins on Feb. 8 at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).