WINTHROP, Mass. - Husson freshman Steven Johnston has been named to the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men's Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Week for the first time this season, while fellow freshman Erin Aucoin was named to the Week 1 Honor Roll, the league office announced Monday afternoon.
Johnston becomes the first Eagle in men's swimming & diving program history to earn a weekly award, while Aucoin is just the second female swimmer to be honored by the GNAC.
Steven Johnston, Husson (Fr., Hermon, Maine/Hermon) The first-year won all three individual races that he entered and also helped the Eagles win a relay event. The Herman, Maine native, led off his first intercollegiate meet by swimming the backstroke leg of the 200-yard Medley to combine with freshman Joe Vail (Saco, Maine), senior Caelan Lercone (Waterville, Maine) and freshman Dan Egan (Foxboro, Mass.) on a winning new school record mark of 1:50.10. Johnson led off the relay with a 26.28, breaking program's four-year school record mark in the 50-yard backstroke. The rookie then showed his versatility by winning the 50-yard freestyle by two-seconds with a new school record mark of 22.44, before dominating the 100-yard freestyle with a new school record time of 51.19 to win the event by nearly four-seconds. Johnston then capped off meet by winning the 50-yard butterfly by over two-seconds with his fourth new school record with a time of 26.05. His 27-point effort, helped the Eagles pick up just their second ever first dual meet of the season victory since the men's program was reestablished as a varsity sport after a 39-year hiatus in 2013 with a 112-106 win over Saint Joseph's (Maine).
Erin Aucoin, Husson (Fr., Brewer, Maine/Brewer) In her first-ever intercollegiate meet, Aucoin claimed the 1000-yard freestyle in a new school record mark of 11:54.98, winning the event by 46-seconds, the 50 freestyle with a time of 26.81 and the 500-yard freestyle in a new school record mark of 5:49.16, winning the event by 20-seconds in Saturday's dual meet against Saint Joseph's (Maine). She also swam the second leg of the winning 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:52.28 as Husson won 140-121, extending their season opener dual meet winning streak to three - the longest in program history.