Women 4th, Men 5th in GNAC Swimming & Diving Competition

Women 4th, Men 5th in GNAC Swimming & Diving Competition

Boston, MA - Husson's men's and women's swimming and diving teams spent two days competing against fellow Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) teams at Simmons College this weekend. The women's team finished fourth of six teams in the GNAC Swimming & Diving Championship, which ties their overall highest-ever finish in the conference championship (Husson's first team in 2005-06 also finished fourth). The men's team, in its first year of competition, finished fifth of five teams in the GNAC Invitational.

On the women's side, the Eagles scored 82 points. Natalie Calligan (Belfast, ME) finished third in the 200 Back and 50 Back. She also finished fourth in the 100 Back. Calligan was also part of the 400 Free Relay team that finished third and set a new Husson school record with a 4:09.82 time, breaking the previous record from 2010. Fellow teammates Sarah Klopp (Cape Elizabeth, ME), Casey Pray (Bangor, ME), and Jillian Boyle (Westport, MA) swam the other legs of the relay. The Eagles 200 Free Relay, comprised of the same four swimmers, also finished third.

Erin Benner (Morrow, OH) took individual fourth in the women's 200 yard IM and the 50 Back. She also grabbed eighth in the 200 Yard Backstroke. Pray took sixth and Klopp took eighth in the 50 Free. Boyle took sixth and Kayleigh Richardson (Kensington, NH) took eighth in the 50 Yard Butterfly. Patience Wilson (Brewer, ME) and Richardson finished sixth and seventh in the 200 Butterfly. In the distance races, Katrina Aman (Lakeville, MA) took eighth in the 1000 Free, while Katherine Stilling (Hampstead, NH) took 11th. 

Simmons was the overall winner of the 2013 championships with a score of 422.

On the men's side, Husson finished with 44 points. Numerous Husson school records were set and broken by the new Eagles team. Most notably, diver Tim Smith (Bangor, ME) scored a new GNAC record of 441.90 points in the 1 Meter Dive (11 dive format). His tremendous performance earned him a spot on the 2013 Men's Invitational All-Tournament Team.

The 400 Free Relay team of James Nealey (Northport, ME), Lou DeLima (Hampden, ME), Thomas Gowell (Buxton, ME), and Dylan Tremblay (Alfred, ME) swam a new school record time of 3:58.78. Numerous Husson individuals set new records: James Nealey, 200 Back; Leonard Soto (Dover-Foxcroft, ME), 100 Breast, 200 Breast; and Chris Benson (Arundel, ME), 200 Fly.

Norwich University scored 335 points to win the men's invitational.

Between the two Husson teams, eleven New England Championship qualifying times were swum on the day.

The Eagles men's and women's teams will resume action in 2014 hosting St. Joseph's College (ME) on January 25.