Women's swimming & diving downs Norwich, claims best start in 21 years

Women's swimming & diving downs Norwich, claims best start in 21 years

NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving team downed Norwich University, 115-95, on Tuesday at Goodyear Pool to begin a season 4-0 for the first time since 1995-96, while the men lost a 118-106 decision. The Purple Knight women, who have won 16 straight against the Cadets, are off to their best start since beginning 9-0 21 seasons ago. The Purple and Gold men are 1-2, while the Norwich men and women stand 5-0 and 1-4, respectively.

Senior Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) and first-year Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) both played a hand in three victories, including siding during the 200-yard medley relay (1:57.75) with juniors Ally Fischang (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and Theresa Murphy (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield). McNall also captured the 200- (2:01.62) and 500-yard (5:38.02) freestyle races, and Giampietro topped the 200-yard breaststroke (2:40.69) and 200-yard individual medley (2:25.49) fields.

Junior Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) won both one-meter diving events, notching 116.05 points before totaling 165.05, to push her dual-meet one-meter winning streak to 13 events. Fischang nabbed a second win in the 200 free relay (1:48.97), joining senior Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow) and sophomores Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) and Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth). Wiesner won the 100 free (59.52), edging out Fischang by 0.31 seconds.

Sophomore Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) took the top spot in the 200-yard backstroke (2:18.78), and first-year Sarah Brennan (Glen Rock, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) touched the wall first in the 1,000 free (12:42.01).

Junior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) and first-year Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) both earned two wins in men's events, including during the 200 free relay (1:34.55). Senior Stephen Andersen (Concord, N.H./Concord) and sophomore Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) also swam for the foursome. Hopkins claimed the 100 free event (50.79) and was second in the 50 free by 0.29 seconds, and Ralston captured a long-distance free race for the third straight meet, winning the 1,000 free (11:05.38).

Sophomore Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) won the 500 free (5:10.03) while turning in two runner-up performances, falling 0.24 ticks short of the winner in the 200 free and leading off for the second-place 200 medley relay. He joined Butler, senior Ryan Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) and first-year Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) on the relay.

First-year Brian Cavanaugh (Fort Mill, S.C./Fort Mill) topped the 200 breast field (2:27.83) while taking third in the 200 back. He was also third in the 200 IM, trailing the second-place Mulderrig, who added a runner-up finish in the 200-yard butterfly. Junior Tim Kinville (Colchester, Vt./Missisquoi Valley Union) placed second in the first one-meter diving event, and the 200 free relay quartet of senior Sean Glasheen (Lowell, Mass./Lowell), junior Jake Fox (Cranston, R.I./Bishop Hendricken), sophomore Jake Sutton (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) and first-year Lucas Maxfield (Swanzey, N.H./Monadnock Regional) nabbed third in the event.

The Purple Knights close out their first-semester schedule on Friday and Saturday during the State University of New York at Potsdam's North Country Invitational. Day one action begins at 4 p.m.