The Sacred Heart University swimming and diving team opened its 2018 Northeast Conference Championship with a school record in the 200-medley relay. Through the first two events of the four-day championship at Nassau County Aquatic Center the Pioneers have 52 points and are in sixth-place in the team standings.
Anna Brown opened the medley relay with a 27.90 split in the backstroke leg. Jessica Poole followed, splitting 30.24 and Emily Peter split a 25.49 butterfly leg. Lauren Somers closed out the record-breaking swim with a split of 23.03 in the freestyle leg and a final time of 1:46.66. The former record was set at the 2017 NEC Championship, with Brown and Poole in their same spots, and touching at 1:47.79.
Kim Hylan led off the Pioneers 800-freestyle relay with a swim of 1:56.09 and was followed by a 1:59.50 split from Shanna Haddow. Margaret Flaherty swam a 1:54.58 in the third leg and Somers brought the relay home in sixth-place, with a final time of 7:55.02 after a 1:54.29 split.
SHU's B 200-medley relay also posted a season-best swim, touching at 1:50.52. Emily Shenk opened with a backstroke split of 28.69, followed by Julia Pusateri on the breaststroke leg at 30.14. Nikole Rudis split 26.07 on the butterfly leg and Alana Donabie anchored the team with a swim of 25.62.
Bryant University completed the opening day with 80 points and a 16-point lead over three teams (CCSU, Saint Francis U. and Wagner) tied for second place. LIU Brooklyn is in fifth-place, four points ahead of SHU, with St. Francis College (48 points) in seventh and Mount St. Mary's in eighth-place with 44 points.
Preliminary heats in the 500-freestyle, 200 IM, 50-freestlye, 200-freestyle relay and 1-meter diving begins Thursday morning at 10:00am. NEC Front Row is streaming live form the championships and live results are available here. For complete information, visit NEC Championship Central.