A pair of school records was the highlights of the second night of the Northeast Conference Swimming and Championship for the Sacred Heart University swimming and diving team. SHU has accumulated 112.5 points and is sixth in the team standings through seven events.
Lauren Somers, Caleigh Dion, Olivia Decas and Jillian Crosby closed out the evening with a school record in the 200 freestyle relay. The quartet touched in a time of 1:35.60, almost two full seconds faster than the mark set in 2016. Jessica Poole set the second Pioneer individual school record of the day, with a 2:10.19 performance in the 200 individual medley, good for 13th place.
Somers was the Pioneers highest individual finisher of the night, touching in seventh place in the 50 freestyle, in a time of 23.74. Dion tied for 12th place in the event with a swim of 24.10, while Decas touched in 19th (24.45) and Crosby in 21st (24.64)
The Championship meet resumes Friday morning at 10:00 am with preliminary heats in the 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke. The final session on Friday begins at 6p.m.
Lauren Somers school record highlighted the Sacred Heart University swimming and diving teams Thursday morning preliminary heats at the 2017 NEC Championships.
Somers is one of seven Pioneers that earned spots in evening heats on Thursday, qualifying eighth in the 50 freestyle. Finals begin at 6:00 p.m. Thursday night, with the 500 freestyle, 200 individual Medley, 50 freestyle and one-meter while the one-meter diving preliminary round is Thursday afternoon.
SHU swimmers posted 12 career-bests and 17 collegiate-best times during the first morning of trials. With the 50 freestyle record, SHU has broken three school marks in the first five events of the Championship.
- Kim Hylan posted a career-best swim in the 500 freestyle, 5:13.21, and placed 20th during the morning heats
- Nicole Sauve also posted a career-best time, touching at 5:21.85, good for 27th place
- Four Pioneers posted collegiate-best swims in the event, with Lindsey Dell'Isola (5:23.32), Nikole Rudis (5:26.33), Sarah Hensal (5:27.12) and Meredith Bertoni (5:33.58) all notching top times at SHU
- Shanna Haddow placed 26th in the morning heats with a swim of 5:21.56, while Kaylyn Cuozzo touched at 5:33.05
200 Individual Medley
- Jessica Poole lowered her career-best time by more than two seconds, qualifying 15th with a swim of 2:11.30
- Julia Pusateri was nearly three seconds under her career-best, qualifying 24th with a time of 2:16.07
- Alana Donabie (2:19.98), Haley McCurdy (2:21.42) and Jaclyn Pianese (2:21.91) all recorded their best-ever swim in the event as well
- Bryana Cielo touched in a collegiate-best time of 2:16.42, while Dee Henry's 2:29.48 was a season-best swim
- Somers squeaked into the A Finals by .01, touching at 23.73, and .19 faster than she has swum the event in her career
- Caleigh Dion notched her best-ever 50 freestyle time, 23.88, and qualified 11th
- Olivia Decas will also swim in the evening session, qualifying 17th with a time of 24.43, while Jillian Crosby was 25th in the morning heats at 24.62, .05 off of her career-best
- Anna Brown (25.20), Victoria Catizone (25.39) and Julia Pederson (25.61) all notched career-best swims
- Emily Shenk (25.86) and Cuozzo (26.01) both had season-best times to round out the Pioneers effort in the event
- Lindsay Scuoteguazza tallied 177 points in placing 10th in the one-meter diving event
- Nicole Pergolotti scored a season-best 154.30 points to place 13th
- Christin Ashley placed 16th with 114.5 points and Jesica Wenz accumulated 106.90 points