COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College swimming & diving senior Connor Hopkins (Windham, N.H./Windham) was named Northeast-10 Conference Swimmer of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, Nov. 24. He landed the accolade for the second time this season while claiming his fifth NE10 award overall.
Seniors Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) and Aidan Mulderrig (Rockville Centre, N.Y./South Side) were both chosen for the NE10 Weekly Honor Roll. Giampietro was lauded for the third time this season, while Mulderrig nabbed his initial recognition.
Hopkins won six times while recording the top times in the NE10 this season in four events over the weekend during the North Country Invitational, where the Purple Knights took second place out of four schools. He won the 50- (20.98) and 100-yard freestyle (46.64) races with the best times in the league while also topping the 200-yard backstroke (1:57.65). In the 200- (1:38.74) and 400-yard (3:35.88) medley relays, Hopkins not only aided victories but registered two more league-leading times thanks to his opening-leg 50 back (24.87) and 100 back (52.66) performances. He anchored the top 200 free relay (1:28.99) while anchoring the second-place 400 free relay (3:16.04), entering the water trailing by 1.94 seconds before bringing his team within a final losing margin of 1.09.
Hopkins paces the Purple and Gold in overall (14) and solo (9) victories while tying for the top spot in relay triumphs (5), and has 80 career wins between individual and relay races. Among all NCAA Division II competitors, the captain is tied for 60th in the 50 free, 98th in the 100 free and tied for 100th in the 100 back.
Giampietro won twice among her seven top-three finishes at the North Country Invitational, helping Saint Michael's place second. She won the 200-yard breaststroke (2:34.22) and 400-yard individual medley (4:54.81) while claiming third in the 100 breast (1:11.65), coming within 0.49 seconds of second. During relays, she anchored the third-place 200 medley (1:58.14) and 400 medley (4:19.54) foursomes and also helped the 200 free (1:47.49) and 400 free (3:55.38) teams place third, with the 200 free quartet coming within 0.37 ticks of second. The team captain paces the women in total (7) and individual (5) wins while tying for first in relay triumphs (2).
Mulderrig won four times at the North Country Invitational, capturing the 400 IM (4:29.04) while swimming for the top 200 free (1:28.99), 200 medley (1:38.75) and 400 medley (3:35.88) relays. Mulderrig was also second in the 100-yard butterfly (54.38), 200 fly (2:08.22) and 400 free relay (3:16.04). For the season, the captain is second on the Purple Knights in overall wins (8), splitting his victories between solo and relay events.
With their first-semester schedules complete, the Saint Michael's men are 1-4 at dual meets while the women stand 2-4. Both return to action on Jan. 8 at Bentley University at 2 p.m.