POTSDAM, N.Y. - The Saint Michael's College swimming & diving teams won seven events, including six by male student-athletes, as both Purple Knight squads stand second among four schools following the first day of the State University of New York at Potsdam's two-day North Country Invitational on Friday at Maxcy Hall Pool.
- The men, who won the North Country Invitational for the first time last year after three consecutive runner-up finishes, are second in the four-team meet with 250 points. They trail leader Clarkson University by 41 points.
- On the women's side, the three-time defending champion Purple Knights are second with 225 points. Clarkson leads with 296 points heading into the second and final day.
- Both Saint Michael's squads are taking part in their final meet of the first semester.
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Senior Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham), 4 wins (reached 75-win plateau for career)
- Senior Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side), 2 wins
- Junior Payton Stewart (Keene, N.H./Keene), 2 wins
- Sophomore Sean McGurn (Braintree, Mass./Braintree), 2 wins
- Sophomore Nate Imbergamo (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand), 1 win
- First-year Peter Middleton (Hingham, Mass./Thayer Academy), 1 win (1st career)
- Hopkins nearly put his name on two school records on Friday. He won the 50-yard freestyle (20.98) to come within 0.13 seconds of his own school mark - with the time 0.50 seconds faster than anyone in the Northeast-10 Conference this season - while joining McGurn, Mulderrig and Stewart for a win in the 400-yard medley relay (3:35.88), clocking in just 0.84 ticks away from another program standard. Hopkins' 100-yard backstroke leadoff leg (52.66) was also the best in the NE10 this year by 1.54 seconds.
- Hopkins won the 200 back (1:57.65) while siding with Imbergamo, Mulderrig and Stewart on the top 200 free relay (1:28.99), which won by 0.34 seconds.
- McGurn captured the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.21) by 0.10 ticks and placed third in the 500 free, one spot behind Imbergamo, the runner-up.
- Middleton won the 200-yard individual medley (2:10.50) and was third in the 200 back. Stewart placed third in the 50 free.
- Mulderrig touched the wall second in the 100-yard butterfly, junior Dan Fortier (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) placed fourth, and first-year Nolan Speidel (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) claimed sixth but was within 0.08 seconds of the top five. Fortier was third in the 200 IM while siding with McGurn, Middleton and Speidel for a fifth-place showing in the 200 free relay. Fortier, Imbergamo, Middleton and Speidel all swam legs for the fifth-place 400 medley relay.
- First-year Dennis Sullivan (Hudson Falls, N.Y./Hudson Falls) nabbed second place in one-meter diving, while classmate Rob Cattanach (Mount Kisco, N.Y./Fox Lane) made his college debut in third.
SAINT MICHAEL'S LEADERS
- Junior Meg Geschwind (Rochester, Minn./Mayo), 1 win
- Geschwind won the 500 free (5:40.35) to lead a clean sweep of the top four spots by Purple Knights in the event. Seniors Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs), Megan Reid (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) and Sarah Brennan (Glen Rock, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) took second through fourth, respectively. Adelson claimed second in the 1,650 free, and Reid was third.
- Sophomore Maggie King (Clinton, Conn./Mercy) placed third during the first three-meter diving event of her career.
- The relay quartet of seniors Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) and Sarah White (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet Regional), junior Leah Benoit (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) and first-year Bella Amedio (Schenectady, N.Y./Albany Academy for Girls) were third during both the 200 free relay and 400 medley relay, coming within 0.37 seconds of second place in the former.
- Benoit nabbed third in the 200 back and 200 IM, while White was third in the 100 fly. Giampietro placed third in the 100 breast, with Amedio in fourth, while first-year Emma Jane Tagliaferro (Bedford, N.H./Bedford) finished fourth in the 200 back.
NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S MEET
- Saturday at the final day of the North Country Invitational, 10 a.m.