McNall reaches 100-win milestone, swimming & diving swept at Saint Lawrence

McNall reaches 100-win milestone, swimming & diving swept at Saint Lawrence

CANTON, N.Y. - Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving senior Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) registered her 99th and 100th career victories on Sunday, as the Purple Knight men and women were swept by Saint Lawrence University during their regular-season finales in Augsbury Pool.

The Purple and Gold women finish the dual-meet portion of their season at 5-3 after a 115-93 setback against the 5-2 Saints. The men ended up 2-5 following a 123-102 loss to 1-6 Saint Lawrence, earning a 102-97 scoring edge during swimming events. However, by virtue of entering a pair of divers in Sunday's competition to the Purple Knights' zero, the Saints corralled 26 additional points to decide the meet.

McNall is believed to be the first swimming & diving student-athlete in College history with 100 career triumphs, having picked up 66 individual wins while claiming 34 relay victories with 17 different partners. She helped her 200-yard medley relay quartet take the opening race of the meet in 1:58.19 by just 0.08 seconds, as her opening-leg 50-yard backstroke of 28.67 put the Purple Knights up by 2.24 seconds. Senior Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow), junior Ally Fischang (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and first-year Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) completed the foursome.

McNall picked up her milestone victory in the 200-yard individual medley, topping all competitors by 4.83 seconds in a time of 2:19.56. Giampietro took second. During the 100-yard butterfly, McNall nearly earned a third triumph, clocking in at 1:00.69 to take second by 0.02 seconds. Wiesner was third.

Giampietro won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:14.45), and junior Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) topped the one-meter diving event (190.00). Sophomore Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) had a pair of runner-up finishes, including during the 100 back. She anchored a second-place 200-yard freestyle relay that included classmates Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham), Meg Flanagan (Middletown, R.I./The Prout School/Boston College) and Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth). Kohn was also fourth during the 200 free.

In the 100 breast, Fischang took third and senior Cymantha Rogers (Swampscott, Mass./Swampscott) fourth. Wiesner was third in the 50 free, and Grimaldi placed fourth. First-year Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) was third in the 1,000 free and fourth during both the 100 and 500 free races, while classmate Sarah Brennan (Glen Rock, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) nabbed fourth in the 1,000 free. Grimaldi trailed Adelson by just 0.08 seconds during the 100 free.

Sophomore Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) and first-year Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) both had three wins to pace the men, including joining on the 200 medley relay (1:46.91) with senior Stephen Andersen (Concord, N.H./Concord) and sophomore Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham).

Hopkins also captured the 50 free (22.68) and 100 free (50.96), winning the latter by 0.22 seconds, while Thornton was victorious during the 200 free (1.52.07) by 0.76 seconds and the 500 free (5:11.52). Butler rounded out the winning swimmers by taking the 100 breast race (1:06.57) by 0.27 seconds, while he was third in the 50 free, just 0.03 seconds out of the runner-up spot.

Junior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) and first-year Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) posted three runner-up showings each, as the duo joined Andersen and senior Ryan Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) on a 200 free relay. Ralston was also second in the 500 and 1,000 free events, and Mulderrig during the 100 fly and 200 IM. Andersen placed third during the 100 fly, while senior Sean Glasheen (Lowell, Mass./Lowell) came within 0.04 seconds of fourth place.

Junior Michael May (Wallingford, Conn./Lyman Hall) finished third during the 100 back and fourth in the 100 breast and 200 IM, and Ryan Butler placed fourth in both the 100 and 200 free races. Junior Jake Fox (Cranston, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) was fourth in the 1,000 free, and sophomore Jacob Sutton (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) ended up fourth during the 100 back race.

The Purple Knights complete their season at the four-day Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Feb. 16-19 at Southern Connecticut State University. Diving on day one begins at 2 p.m. before swimming events kick off at 6 p.m.