KINGSTON, R.I. – Saint Joseph's College capped the second day of the 2016 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships at the University of Rhode Island on Saturday evening. The SJC men are currently in 11th place with 116 points and the women are 18th with 95 points.
On the men's side, a pair of records fell, including the Monks' 50-Fly mark which was actually broken three times, twice in the prelims and once and for all in the finals, when senior Andrew Merlino (Natick, Mass.) put his name on the board with a 25.07 time, shattering the previous mark (25:30), which was set by junior Ben Johnson (Belmont, Mass.) in the conference championship in December.
Earlier in the day, Johnson bested Merlino in the 50-Fly prelims, as the former notched a 25.19 effort and the latter logged a 25.26 time. Johnson finished eighth in the finals with a 25.32 performance.
The second men's record was set in the 800-Free relay, as Johnson, freshman Zack Gryskwicz (Standish, Maine), Merlino, and senior Alexander Gilvey (Windham, Maine) finished ninth with a 7:45.38 effort, which topped the time (7:46.32) set by Chris Cullity, Adam Gaulin, Thomas Smith, and Antonio Delvecchio in the 2012 NEISDA Championships.
As for the women's leaderboard through 34 events, Roger Williams University (1,000 points) clings to a narrow lead over Keene State College (918) with GNAC competitor Simmons College safely in third with 742 points.
The top three teams on the men's side are fairly entrenched, as Keene State College (561) is comfortably in first with Roger Williams (432.5) in second and GNAC rival Norwich University (383.5) in third place.
The final day of the three-day NEISDA Championship kicks off Sunday with the preliminary swims at 10:00 AM and the finals beginning at 5:30 PM. Follow all the action here: http://www.bsubears.com/sports/mswimdive/neisdachamps/championships16
OTHER FINALS PERFORMANCES:
- The men's 200-Medley relay, featuring Gilvey, Johnson, Merlino, and Gryskwicz, advanced to the finals and placed eighth with a 1:43.72 time.
- Gilvey earned a spot in the 100-Back finals and finished 10th with a 57.25 effort
- The women's 800-Free relay squad, with junior Lauren Halvorsen (South Portland, Maine), sophomore Leia Berube (Brewer, Maine), freshman Julia Rowlett (Saco, Maine), and senior Brooke Huberdeau (Andover, Mass.), raced to a 15th-place finish with a 9:13.96 performance
THE RUNDOWN – WOMEN'S PRELIMS:
- Senior Allie Krasco (Melrose, Mass.), junior Lauren Prue (Glenburn, Maine), Rowlett, and senior Annie Fougere (Warner, N.H.) finished 17th in the 200-Medley relay (2:08.76)
- Halvorsen placed 22nd in the 1000-Free (12:02.90)
- Fougere was 23rd in the 100-Breast (1:16.93)
- Huberdeau was 25th in the 200-Free (2:10.67)
- Rowlett placed 28th in the 100-Back (1:09.95)
- Prue finished 28th in the 100-Breast (1:19.73)
THE RUNDOWN – MEN'S PRELIMS:
- Gilvey, Johnson, Merlino, and Gryskwicz raced together for an eighth-place finish in the 200-Medley relay (1:43.56)
- Johnson broke the Monks' 50-Fly record with a 25.19 effort and finished eighth overall
- Merlino also broke the 50-Fly mark with a 25.26 time and placed ninth in the event
- Gilvey placed 12th in the 100-Back (57.65)
- Freshman Stephen Quinlan (Andover, Mass.) was 18th in the 50-Fly (27.31)
- Gryskwicz finished 19th in the 200-Free (1:58.64)
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.