McNall wins 100 backstroke among two all-conference finishes at NE10 Championship

McNall wins 100 backstroke among two all-conference finishes at NE10 Championship

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving senior Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) claimed a pair of all-conference finishes on Saturday, including winning the 100-yard backstroke, during the third day of the Northeast-10 Conference Championship. McNall also had a hand in her fifth school record at the meet and hit an NCAA Championship provisional qualifying standard for the second straight night. Sophomore Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) added his second school mark in two days.

During a championship being held in Southern Connecticut State University's Hutchinson Natatorium, the Purple Knight women are seventh among nine squads with 206 points, while the men sit seventh of seven at 157. The fourth and final day of competition begins on Sunday with prelims at 9:45 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

McNall now has four career all-conference finishes - necessitating placing among the top two in an event - while earning the 100 back title for the second time in three years. In the 100 back trials, she clocked in at 56.68, the fastest time in the event by 2.5 seconds, before winning the evening finals race in 56.59 for the 101st event victory of her career. McNall won that race by 2.44 seconds, nearly double the distance between the second- and eighth-place finishers (1.36). Her time in both heats met NCAA Championship provisional qualification status, a feat she also turned on Friday evening by clocking in at 55.77 in the opening 100 back leg of the 400-yard medley relay.

McNall became the first swimmer in program history to claim an all-conference finish during a butterfly race, taking second during the 100-yard butterfly. In the prelims, she swam to a 58.35 finish, trimming her own two-year-old school record by 1.06 seconds. During the evening finals, McNall clocked in at 58.36, while senior Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow) placed 15th at 1:01.22.

Wiesner anchored the eighth-place 200-yard freestyle relay (1:42.92), joining junior Ally Fischang (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and sophomores Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) and Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth). First-year Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) placed 11th during the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:09.02, trimming 0.80 seconds off of her trials time while moving up two positions.

Giampietro sided with 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) on the 16th-place 200 free relay. During the 200 free, sophomore Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) took 17th in the prelims at 1:59.45, missing the cut for the B final by 0.03 seconds.

Thornton's program mark came in the 200 free, as he turned in a 1:48.00 showing during trials to eclipse Tim McGrath's '12 seven-year-old school standard by 0.31 seconds. Thornton finished 16th in finals at 1:48.46. First-year Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) qualified for a championship heat for the second straight night, taking eighth during the 100 back in 53.43, within 0.14 seconds of sixth place. Classmate Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) was 14th in the 400-yard individual medley (4:31.78), and sophomore Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) claimed 16th place during the 100 breast (1:03.22).

Butler and Hopkins joined seniors Stephen Andersen (Concord, N.H./Concord) and Ryan Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) to take seventh in the 200 free relay in 1:29.89, just 0.23 seconds short of an eight-year-old program record. The Purple Knights also fielded a 13th-place foursome, which was comprised of Mulderrig, juniors Jake Fox (Cranston, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) and Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy), and sophomore Jacob Sutton (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro).