Hopkins, Kohn Set Saint Michael's Swimming Records at Day Two of NE10 Championship

Hopkins, Kohn Set Saint Michael's Swimming Records at Day Two of NE10 Championship

WORCESTER, Mass. - Two more Saint Michael's College swimming & diving records fell on Friday during day two of the four-day Northeast-10 Conference Championship in the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Sports & Recreation Center. Junior Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) erased a nine-year-old mark, while sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) claimed his fourth program record in two days, as the men's and women's squads have combined for six records thus far.

The women vaulted up one spot into sixth place on Friday, with their 130 points edging out The College of Saint Rose (127) and Merrimack College (118) in the 10-school field. The men have 114 points while standing seventh among seven, but the Purple Knights trail Adelphi University by just 14 points.

Hopkins twice lowered a three-year-old 50-yard freestyle standard, first taking second in the morning trials at 21.15 to clip the record by 0.20 seconds. During the evening finals, he was third in 20.93, coming within 0.12 seconds of an NCAA Championship provisional standard and 0.22 ticks of the winner. For comparison's sake, he beat out the fourth-place racer by 0.36 seconds. Hopkins has now had a hand in six school records this winter.

Kohn bagged a record in the 500 free, first touching the wall during the morning trials at 5:17.55 to shave 11.03 seconds off of her seed time before dropping her time to 5:12.88 while taking 10th in the finals. That broke the longest-standing women's swimming record at Saint Michael's - and the second-longest swimming mark between the men's and women's programs - as she bested Eileen Mullowney's '12 nine-year-old standard by 1.44 seconds.

Both squads saw a diver make the finals, with junior Tim Kinville (Colchester, Vt./Missisquoi Valley Union) giving the men a diver at NE10s for the first time since 2015. Kinville took seventh in the one-meter event, scoring 220.17 points to come within 10.14 of the top five. Senior Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) made her second consecutive finals appearance in the one-meter dive, concluding her standout career by claiming 280.17 points to take eighth and fall just 0.51 seconds shy of seventh.

Hopkins neared another record during the opening 50-yard backstroke leg of the 400-yard medley relay, clocking in at 52.54 to come within 0.35 seconds of a three-year-old record. He sided with senior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) and first-years Dan Fortier (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) and Payton Stewart (Keene, N.H./Keene) to take seventh at 3:41.45. The Purple Knights' B quartet was 15th, with Kinville, senior Michael May (Wallingford, Conn./Lyman Hall) and juniors Brandon Bielinski (Windham, N.H./Windham) and Jacob Sutton (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) completing legs. Ralston was 15th in the 500 free (4:59.64).

Kohn aided a ninth-place 400 medley relay squad, joining senior Theresa Murphy (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield) and sophomores Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) and Sarah White (Lakeville, Mass./Apponequet Regional) to compile a time of 4:07.18. The B foursome of senior Sammy Sidorakis (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) and first-years Leah Benoit (Franklin, Mass./Franklin), Kristin Burlew (Springfield, Vt./Hartford) and Meg Geschwind (Rochester, Minn./Mayo) placed 18th.

Saturday's action begins at 10:15 a.m. with the morning session, followed by the 6 p.m. evening events.