The Northeast Conference Championships for women’s swimming were held the at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during the final week of February. Following the first day of competition, the Lady Mountaineers took part in two events and landed in fifth place with 28 points.
The squad of sophomore Morgan Runk, junior Haley Fournier, senior Erin Regan and sophomore Amanda Moore earned fifth place in the 200m medley relay with a time of 1:46.47, just over a half-second short of the school record that was set at last year’s NEC Championships. The 800m free relay team of Fournier, Moore, Regan and freshman
JeMoon Won set a school record and nabbed sixth place in 7:41.99.
Three more events took place the following day, but the Mount remained in fifth place
with their two-day point total of 118. Fournier earned sixth in the A Finals of the 500m free by
touching the wall in 5:03.29, a season-best for the Mount in that event. Freshman Bridget Vaughan clocked a time of 5:06.28 for the B Finals of the same event, placing herself in fourth place for the race.
Moore scored seventh in the A Finals of the 50m free in 23.84 seconds, while Regan
placed third in the B Finals in 24.10. Runk posted of time of 24.99 in the event’s C Finals, while senior Anne Thelen finished the same race in 25.08. Freshman Juliette Lacoste swam the B Finals of 200m IM in 2:11.37, which was good enough for seventh place.
Senior Catherine Sukovich, junior Lenna Castro Marquez, Thelen and Runk posted a time of 1:40.61 in the 200m free relay, leading to a sixth place finish.
The Mountaineers finally found their way onto the medal podium on the third day, when
Regan secured the silver in the 100m butterfly. Regan kicked it into high gear for the swim, finishing in 55.78 seconds and taking home her sixth career NEC medal.
Regan’s effort aided the Mount in holding their fifth place spot with 194 points. Moore, Fournier, Regan and Marquez came in fifth for the 400m medley relay, setting a school record by finishing in 3:54.28. The record was previously held by Cat Coppler, who set it in the 2012 NEC Championships.
Moore shattered another Mount record when she finished the 100m back in 58.43, good for third place in the B Finals. Runk finished right after Moore in the race, earning sixth with a time of 1:00.14. Freshman Alexandra Kelly claimed fourth place in 1:04.49 in the C Finals of the swim. Kelly also claimed second in the C Finals of the 100m butterfly with a 1:01.34 finish, while her fellow freshman Hailey Vogt clocked in just over a second later, earning third place. Thelen finished the event’s B Finals in 1:00.49, putting her in eighth place.
Sophomore Sarah Bonson swam the B Finals of the 400m IM in 4:37.12, earning third place. Fournier took fifth in 4:38.89 and Lacoste took seventh in 4:40.48 for the race. The C Finals for the event featured a stellar performance from Vaughan, who grinded out a first place finish with a time of 4:39.45.
Freshman Hunter Montevideo came in fourth of the 100 breast B Finals, finishing in 1:12.46.
Sophomore Claire McManimon was close behind, securing sixth in 1:13.45. Sukovich followed with an eighth place finish just over a second later. Marquez placed second for the C Finals of the 200m free with a time of 1:56.08, while Won and junior Katie Powell placed fifth in 1:58.18 and eighth in 2:01.24, respectively.
On the last day of competition, Regan snagged another silver medal when she recorded a
time of 2:01.72 in the 200m butterfly. Fournier also claimed a medal when she nabbed the bronze for a time of 17:13.57 in the 1650m free, while Vaughan clocked in at 17:37.69, which was good for 10th place. The 400m free relay team of Moore, Marquez, Fournier and Regan timed in at 3:32.57, placing sixth.
Runk recorded a time of 2:09.96 in the 200m back B Finals, placing her in seventh position.
Lacoste and Won competed in the 200m breast, claiming sixth place and eighth place. Lacoste took sixth in 2:31.96 and Won took eighth in 2:38.78.
Central Connecticut State took home the team gold for the NEC, totaling 837 points with Wagner on their tail with 813. Bryant came in third place with 587 points and Saint Francis University (PA) placed fourth with 436. The Mount earned 276 points to keep fifth place, finishing ahead of Sacred Heart’s 234 and Saint Francis Brooklyn’s 161.