Saint Michael's alumnus Michael Sprague '12 returns to the men's and women's swimming & diving program for his third season as an assistant coach in 2018-19.
Thirteen program records fell during the 2017-18 season, including 11 at the year-end Northeast-10 Conference Championship, where the men and women each garnered their second-highest point totals since 2009-10. During the dual season, the women claimed eight victories, their most since 1996-97, and earned at least five wins for the fourth straight season, the program's longest run since a five-year streak that ended in 1996-97. The men registered their most wins in eight years.
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 while taking seventh at the NE10 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.