McNall plays role in two records, Gigandet posts historic finish at NE10 Championship

McNall plays role in two records, Gigandet posts historic finish at NE10 Championship

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving team set a pair of school records on Thursday during the opening day of the four-day Northeast-10 Conference Championship in Southern Connecticut State University's Hutchinson Natatorium. The Purple Knight women stood seventh out of nine schools at the conclusion of day one, while the men were seventh among seven. No team scores were available.

Friday's second day begins with trials at 9:45 a.m., followed by the finals session at 6 p.m.

Senior Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) played a hand in each mark, which both came in relays. During the opening leg of the 200-yard medley relay, McNall, who entered the day with the quickest 50-yard backstroke time (27.80) in the NE10 this winter, eclipsed that with an opening 50 back leg of 26.90, surpassing her own two-year-old school record by 0.86 seconds. It was the second-fastest opening leg among the event's 17 relay teams. McNall joined classmate Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow), junior Ally Fischang (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and first-year Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) to nab seventh place in the relay, clocking in at 1:52.93 to come within 1.56 seconds of a five-year-old school record.

In the 800-yard freestyle relay, McNall anchored a foursome also comprised of Fischang, Wiesner and sophomore Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich). The quartet clocked in at 8:05.89 while taking sixth in the event, besting a two-year-old program standard by 4.98 seconds.

Junior Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) was eighth in the one-meter diving competition with 295.35 points, the highest placement by a Purple Knight at the league meet since Jade Lubeck '13 was also eighth during the 2010 competition. Tierney Carey '09 was the last diver to finish higher, corralling fourth place at the 2009 NE10 Championship.

The Purple Knight women had a pair of 16th-place relay foursomes. Kohn joined senior Cymantha Rogers (Swampscott, Mass./Swampscott) and sophomores Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham) and Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth) during the 200 medley relay. In the 800 free relay, Doherty sided with first-years Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs), Sarah Brennan (Glen Rock, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) and Megan Reid (Winchester, Mass./Winchester).

The men's 800 free relay quartet took sixth while nearing a program mark. Senior Ryan Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham), junior Spencer Ralston (Hebron, Conn./Cushing Academy), sophomore Pat Thornton (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) and first-year Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) combined for a time of 7:23.47, just 0.74 seconds away from a two-year-old record, and 22.73 ticks better than their seed time.

In the 200 medley relay, Butler, Thornton, senior Stephen Andersen (Concord, N.H./Concord) and sophomore Seamus Butler (Waltham, Mass./Waltham) captured seventh place in 1:41.98, with their time just 1.1 seconds away from another two-year-old program mark. Another quartet took 14th, being comprised of senior Sean Glasheen (Lowell, Mass./Lowell), junior Michael May (Wallingford, Conn./Lyman Hall), sophomore Jacob Sutton (Tyngsboro, Mass./Tyngsboro) and first-year Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side).

During the 800 free relay, Glasheen, May and Sutton joined junior Jake Fox (Cranston, R.I./Bishop Hendricken) for a 13th-place performance.