Purple Knights' winning streak ends, swimming & diving swept by Bentley

Purple Knights' winning streak ends, swimming & diving swept by Bentley

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's and women's swimming & diving teams were swept by regional powerhouse Bentley University on Saturday during Senior Day in the Ross Sports Center.

The 5-1 women fell to the 9-1 Falcons, 148-82, while seeing an eight-dual-meet winning streak come to an end. It was their longest run of success since claiming 10 in a row between the 1994-95 and 1995-96 school years. The Purple Knights' last lost had also been to Bentley, which has now won nine straight. The 2-3 Saint Michael's men dropped a 154-65 decision against the Falcons, who are 10-0 and pushed their winning streak to 12.

Junior Ally Fischang (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) played a hand in a pair of victories, winning the 100-yard freestyle in 58.87 - beating the runner-up by 0.01 seconds - while leading off for the top 200 free relay. She joined sophomores Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham), Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) and Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) on the quartet, which clocked in at 1:49.91. Fischang also placed third in the 200 free.

Senior Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) won the 200-yard backstroke in 2:06.51, which was just 0.10 seconds short of the top time in the Northeast-10 Conference this winter. It was the 95th victory of her career. She also took second in the 200-yard individual medley at 2:14.44, just 0.15 seconds short of the winner and 0.42 ticks shy of the year-old school record, and led off for the runner-up 200-yard medley relay, which clocked in at 1:57.56 to lose by only 0.48 seconds. Kohn, senior Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow) and first-year Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) also completed legs.

Giampietro was second in the 200-yard breaststroke, and Kohn took second in the 1,650 free, followed by first-year Sarah Brennan (Glen Rock, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) in third. Junior Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) was second in both one-meter diving events, including falling just 8.2 points short of the winner in one of the competitions, and first-year Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) nabbed second during the 500 free. Wiesner touched the wall second in the 50 free and third during the 200-yard butterfly. Grimaldi was fourth in the 50 free, just 0.04 seconds short of third place.

First-year Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) picked up the lone victory for the men, topping the 100 free in 50.91 while swimming for the third-place 200 medley relay. He joined senior Stephen Andersen (Concord, N.H./Concord), sophomore Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) and first-year Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) on the relay.

Sophomore Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) was the runner-up in both the 200 fly and 200 free races, and junior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) took second in the 1,650 free and fourth during the 500 free. Senior Ryan Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) was third during the 50 and 100 free events while also joining brother Seamus, Andersen and Ralston on the fourth-place 200 free relay.

Mulderrig claimed fourth during the 200 IM, while Thornton, senior Sean Glasheen (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) and juniors Jake Fox (Cranston, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) and Michael May (Wallingford, Conn./Lyman Hall) comprised the fourth-place 200 medley relay quartet. May was fourth in the 200 breast.

Prior to the meet, Andersen, Ryan Butler, Glasheen, McNall, Wiesner and Cymantha Rogers (Swampscott, Mass./Swampscott) were all honored during a Senior Day ceremony.

The Purple Knights conclude their home slate tomorrow by facing The College of Saint Rose at 1 p.m.