Cambridge, MA – The Sacred Heat Swim team placed 6th at the 2013 NEC Championships that wrapped up Saturday night in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Sacred Heart broke an incredible nine school records in the four days, finishing with 169 total points.
On Friday, senior Meagan Bellamy (Barrington, RI), swimming in her last NEC Championships, broke her own school record in the 100 backstroke, touching the wall at 59.41. Also on Friday, Sacred Heart's relay team of Bellamy, senior Stephanie Walters (Wanaque, NJ), junior Lizzy Bennett (Fairbanks, AK), and sophomore Malvina Reinhold (Gothenburg, Sweden) broke the school record in the 400 medley relay with a time of 4:01.0. Another notable performance from Friday came from Walters in the 100 Breaststroke, finishing 10th in the finals with a time of 1:07.47.
On the final day of competition, Sacred Heart was able to break five more school records and several Pioneers showed great improvement, dropping significant time off their seed times.
Stephanie Walters broke her own school record in the 200 breast by 1.2 seconds, only to break it again in finals by another .4. She also raced a time-trial where she broke the school record in the 100 Breaststroke with a 1:07.31. Sophomore Meredith Nyser completed a big day with a school record by two seconds in the 200 backstroke. Meg Bellamy broke the school record in the 100 freestyle on the leadoff leg of the last relay with a time of 54.56.
In the 100 Yard Freestyle five Pioneers were able to drop seconds off their seed times. Bellamy, Reinhold, senior Rachel McGrath (Dorchester, MA), Emily Nunes (Seekonk, MA), and sophomore Alyssa Farnsworth (Leominster, MA) all showed impressive progress cutting valuable seconds off their seed times. Also in the 200 Breaststroke, freshman Justine Galang (Freehold, NJ) performing in her first ever NEC Championships dropped over 2 seconds off her seed time.
Another first time NEC Championship performer, freshman Siobhan Goodman (Ridgewood, NJ) impressed in the 200 Yard Butterfly, dropping over 3 seconds off her seed time. Goodman touched the wall at 2:11.52 compared to her seed time of 2:15.35. She also finished 12th in finals with an improved time of 2:11.16
First year Head Coach Brent Noble had this to say:
"I am beyond proud of our swimmers for the way they performed all four days in Cambridge. We saw the single-best meet in school history, as we now have nine school records to show for it. Our three seniors (Meg Bellamy, Rachel McGrath, and Stephanie Walters) led us all week with incredibly fast swimming, but we had great contributions in the form of lifetime best swims and other outstanding performances from our whole roster. This was the perfect ending to this season, and true turning-point in the direction of our program. We are all now ready for the future of this program."
A recap of the first two days here: http://www.sacredheartpioneers.com/sports/w-swimonly/2012-13/releases/20130301nw01fu