NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving senior Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) reached an NCAA Championship provisional qualifying standard while playing a hand in two more school records on Friday evening during day two of the four-day Northeast-10 Conference Championship in Southern Connecticut State University's Hutchinson Natatorium.
Halfway through the meet, the Purple Knight women stand seventh among nine schools with 134 points, with Pace University (178) and Le Moyne College (157) within range. The men are seventh out of seven (109) but trail Adelphi University by just 10 points. Sophomore Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) also broke a program mark on Friday, claiming the men's 500-yard freestyle record.
McNall has now set two individual marks this weekend while adding a pair of relay records. In the 400-yard medley relay, her 100-yard backstroke leadoff leg of 55.77 bested her own two-year-old school mark by 1.89 seconds. It was not only the quickest 100 back of the event by 3.04 seconds, but it lowered her own fastest time of the season - already the best in the NE10 - by 3.16 ticks. Entering the day, McNall's time would place her 18th in Division II this winter; 33 student-athletes were invited to compete in the event at the 2016 NCAA Championship.
During the 400 medley relay, McNall joined senior Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow), sophomore Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) and first-year Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) to place fifth in 4:02.34, lowering a five-year-old program record by 3.15 seconds. Each of the trio beyond McNall took 13th in their respective individual event on Friday. Kohn came within 1.74 seconds of an eight-year-old program mark in the 500 free, at 5:16.06, and Giampietro clocked in at 2:16.10 during the 200-yard individual medley.
In the 50 free, Wiesner swam to a 25.53 finish and 15th place in the trials before improving to 13th in the finals at 25.38. During trials, sophomore Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) touched the wall in 25.87, trailing the final qualifier for finals by 0.07 seconds. In the 400 medley relay, Grimaldi, senior Cymantha Rogers (Swampscott, Mass./Swampscott), sophomore Meg Flanagan (Middletown, R.I./The Prout School/Boston College) and first-year Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) took 17th.
Thornton clocked in at 4:49.64 during 500 free trials, breaking Andrew Marshall's '13 four-year-old record by 4.1 seconds. During finals, Thornton finished 15th at 4:54.40. First-year Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) placed seventh in the 50 free at 21.63, leaving him only 0.14 seconds out of third place. With a 21.44 showing during prelims, when he was just 0.03 ticks short of the leader, Hopkins came within 0.09 seconds of a two-year-old school record. Hopkins and Thornton also swam for the seventh-place 400 medley relay, whose 3:43.36 time fell 0.14 seconds short of a program mark set 15 months ago. Junior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) and sophomore Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) swam the other two legs.
The Purple Knights' second 400 medley relay quartet was 14th, with seniors Stephen Andersen (Concord, N.H./Concord) and Sean Glasheen (Lowell, Mass./Lowell), junior Michael May (Wallingford, Conn./Lyman Hall) and first-year Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) comprising the foursome. Mulderrig captured 16th place in the 200 IM, registering a time of 2:07.68.
The third day of competition begins on Saturday with prelims at 9:45 a.m. and finals at 5:30 p.m.