WORCESTER, Mass. - Sophomores Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) and Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) both broke Saint Michael's College swimming & diving records on Saturday during the third day of the four-day Northeast-10 Conference Championship in the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Sports & Recreation Center.
Heading into tomorrow's final day, the Purple Knight women are eighth among 10 schools with 195 points, sitting on the heels of The College of Saint Rose (203) and Merrimack College (209). The men are seventh out of seven (158), having set five of the teams' combined eight school records this weekend. Sunday's morning session begins at 10:15 a.m. before the evening finals commence at 5:30 p.m.
Giampietro twice lowered the 400-yard individual medley record, set more than four years ago by Lindsay McNall '17 (4:53.00). After dropping her seed time by 10.29 seconds to shatter the mark at 4:50.01 during morning trials, Giampietro trimmed the time even further to 4:45.72 while taking 14th in the event at the evening finals session. Giampietro was also seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:08.64, moving up one spot following the morning portion of the meet, when she touched the wall in 1:08.28.
Mulderrig also bested the 400 IM standard, the oldest men's or women's swimming record at Saint Michael's. While cutting 8.68 seconds from his seed time, Mulderrig clocked in at 4:24.93 during the morning prelims, eclipsing Aidan Warhall's '11 10-year-old record of 4:25.01. Mulderrig ended 14th in the event, with a finals time of 4:32.59.
Sophomore Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) continued his strong NE10 Championship weekend, taking fourth in the 100-yard backstroke at 52.24, leaving him 0.12 seconds shy of third place and a spot on the podium. Hopkins, who entered the event as its top seed, was only 0.05 ticks away from the three-year-old school record. In all, he cut 0.75 seconds off of his league-best seed time prior to the championship.
First-year Dan Fortier (Sandwich, Mass./Sandwich) was 16th in the 100-yard butterfly, taking 56.05 in the finals after a morning swim of 55.33, while senior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy) placed 16th in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:51.09. He clocked in at 1:50.05 during prelims. Classmate Michael May (Wallingford, Conn./Lyman Hall) narrowly missed qualifying for a pair of finals races during morning trials, coming within 0.71 seconds of 16th place in the 100 breast and falling 1.99 seconds shy in the 400 IM. Fortier, May, Ralston and junior Brandon Bielinski (Windham, N.H./Windham) sided to take seventh in the 200 free relay (1:38.07).
Senior Theresa Murphy (Pittsfield, Mass./Pittsfield) placed eighth in the 100 fly at 59.84, following a morning 59.48, while junior Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) took 12th in the 100 back at 1:00.01. Giampietro, Murphy, senior Coral Santos (Pawtucket, R.I./Saint Raphael Academy) and junior Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) combined to take ninth in the 200 free relay (1:44.15).
The Purple Knights' B squad was 18th, with senior Sammy Sidorakis (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker), junior Meg Flanagan (Middletown, R.I./The Prout School/Boston College), sophomore Megan Reid (Winchester, Mass./Winchester) and Leah Benoit (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) all completing legs.