Flaherty Record And Somers Wins Lift Swimming & Diving To Dual Meet Wins

New school record in the 100 yard freestyle for Lauren Somers.
New school record in the 100 yard freestyle for Lauren Somers.

The Sacred Heart University swimming and diving team went 2-1 on Saturday at a quad meet hosted by Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y. The effort improved the Pioneers to 2-3 on the season in dual meet action and are 1-2 in NEC competition.

SHU picked up its first NEC victory of the season with a 129-84 win over St. Francis Brooklyn, while defeating the hosts Gaels, 126-101.  The Pioneers fell 145-89 to Wagner.

Sophomore Lauren Somers earned three wins, capturing first place in the 50 and 100 freestyle. Margaret Flaherty lowered the school 1,000 freestyle record for a second consecutive week and Nicole Pergolotti recorded a career-best score on the one-meter board.

The Pioneers return to action on October 28 when they host NEC foe LIU Brooklyn and Stony Brook in a 12:30 double dual meet at McCann Natatorium.


  • Somers captured the 50 freestyle in a time of 24.30 and won the 100 with a swim of 52.28
  • Kim Hylan touched fifth in the 200 freestyle, finishing at 2:00.38


  • The Pioneers swept the 200 butterfly in the dual with Iona, turning the tide in favor of SHU
  • Jessie Poole paced the Pioneers effort in the 200 breaststroke, finishing third at 2:29.04
  • Fiona Maxwell was the Pioneers top swimmer in the 200 fly, touching at 2:13.44, followed by Nikole Rudis (2:14.40) and Emily Peter (2:14.57)
  • Anna Brown placed fifth in the 200 backstroke at 2:13.74


  • Flaherty notched the second-fastest time in the 1,000, finishing at 10:38.13, shaving more than seven seconds off her time from a week ago
  • Flaherty was also second in the 500 free, touching at 5:12.06


  • Pergolotti placed fifth on the one-meter board, record 173.65 points for her personal-best


  • Hylan (55,73), Flaherty (54.85), Peter (57.27) and Somers (51.49) combined for first-place in the 400-freestyle relay, finishing at 3:39.34
  • The Pioneers 400-medley relay placed third with Emily Shenk (58.18), Kaylyn Cuozzo (58.90), Victoria Catizone (57.71) and Shanna Haddow (58.18) teaming up for the effort