Saint Michael's alumnus Michael Sprague '12 returns to the men's and women's swimming & diving program for his second season as an assistant coach in 2017-18.
The 2016-17 school year ended in historic fashion, as Lindsay McNall '17 became the first Saint Michael's swimmer to qualify for an NCAA Championship, ultimately claiming an All-America finish in the 100-yard backstroke and single-handedly lifting the Purple Knights to a 40th-place team showing, the first team finish ever for Saint Michael's at the national meet.
The Purple and Gold women finished the dual season at 5-3, marking their third straight campaign of at least five wins since 2000-01 to 2002-03, while taking seventh at the Northeast-10 Conference Championship with their highest point total in seven years. McNall set a league championship mark in the 200 back (2:00.03) with the third-best time in NE10 history, while Genevieve Gigandet '18 had the highest placement by a Purple Knight diver at the conference meet in seven seasons. Seven school records were downed during the season. Despite fielding 11 swimmers and no divers for the majority of the campaign, the Purple Knight men picked up a pair of dual triumphs and outscored a third opponent during swimming events. A balanced group neared its highest NE10 Championship point total over the past seven seasons while setting a pair of school records.
A captain as a senior in 2011-12, Sprague graduated with a degree in biology.