WORCESTER, Mass. - Four school records fell, with sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) playing a hand in three himself, as the Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams began the four-day Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Thursday evening at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Sports & Recreation Center.
With 74 points, the Purple Knight women are seventh among 10 schools, leading The College of Saint Rose by four while trailing sixth-place Merrimack College by 14. The men stand seventh out of seven with 56 points, narrowly behind Adelphi University (62) and Saint Rose (68).
Hopkins had a role in the three records during just two events in an abbreviated opening session. In the 800-yard freestyle relay, 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) to finish sixth at 7:16.33, besting a three-year-old school record by 6.40 seconds. Hopkins' opening 200 free leg of 1:46.24 trimmed junior Pat Thornton's (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) year-old standard of 1:48.00. Thornton is missing the championship while studying abroad this semester.
During the 200-yard medley relay, Hopkins, Ralston, Stewart and first-year Dan Fortier (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) clocked in at 1:38.03 to take seventh, breaking a mark set in November by 1.24 seconds. Hopkins and Stewart had also completed legs for that record relay. Hopkins' opening 50-yard backstroke time of 24.18 on Thursday nearly broke a fourth record, but was 0.16 seconds shy of a three-year-old standard. The Purple Knights' B 200 medley relay of Mulderrig, senior Michael May (Wallingford, Conn./Lyman Hall) and juniors Brandon Bielinski (Windham, N.H./Windham) and Jacob Sutton (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) took 14th.
The women claimed a program mark during the 200 medley, as senior Theresa Murphy (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield), junior Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich), and sophomores Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) and Sarah White (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet Regional) tallied a time of 1:51.22 to edge the six-year-old standard by 0.15 seconds and place eighth. Current assistant coach Sammy Sweeney Keating '12 had been part of that record-breaking quartet.
Kohn and White joined senior Sammy Sidorakis (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) and first-year Meg Geschwind (Rochester, Minn./Mayo) to take eighth during the 800 free relay at 8:13.85, coming within 0.85 seconds of seventh place. The B relay foursome placed 17th, with senior Coral Santos (Pawtucket, R.I./Saint Raphael Academy), junior Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham), sophomore Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) and first-year Kristin Burlew (Springfield, Vt./Hartford) siding. In the 200 medley relay, Burlew, Doherty, Santos and junior Meg Flanagan (Middletown, R.I./The Prout School/Boston College) were 18th.
Friday's action begins with the morning session at 10:15 a.m. before the evening events kick off at 6 p.m.