Women's Swimming & Diving Finish Fifth at the 2016 GNAC Championship

Photo By Monty Rand Photography
Photo By Monty Rand Photography

BOSTON, Mass. – The 2016 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Swimming & Diving Championships concluded on Sunday evening with the Husson University women's swimming & diving team finishing in fifth place overall with 365 points.

Junior Lara Sarett finished off her recorded setting weekend by becoming the first swimmer in program history to win three individual events at the GNAC Championship Meet. She started day two off by taking home the 50 Breast by over two seconds with a time of 31.61 before winning the 200 Breast by a staggering eight-plus seconds. She then scattered  her school record mark by two-plus seconds when she hit the wall with a time of 2:29.72 earning her fifth career All-GNAC honor, the most in program history.

On the weekend, Sarett obliterated the program's GNAC Championship individual points' record (77), which she set last year with 74 points, set one school and GNAC record, achieved two Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Open Swimming & Diving Championship cut times in the 100 and 200 Breast and three All-GNAC honors, the first swimmer ever in the history of the program to achieve this feat, while finishing the meet as the second-leading scorer.

Simmons College claimed the programs' 13th-consecutive and 15th overall GNAC title with 1,124 points while Regis College finished as runners-up with 541 points, and Norwich University was third with 435 points. Saint Joseph's College of Maine (384) was fourth, University of Saint Joseph (303) was sixth and Elms College (251) rounded out this year's women's field.

Overall, the Husson women's team featured 15 individuals who combined to compete in 34 finals races, setting the program's GNAC Championship records in both categories and four relay races with nine top-10 finishes, including six top-five performances.

THE RUNDOWN - PRELIMS:

  • Lara Sarett was the top qualifier in the 50 Breast (31.61) and the 200 Breast (2:32.15).
  • Kassidy Harris placed eighth in the 50 Breast (36.72) and seventh in the 200 Breast (2:56.08).
  • Kelsey Poland finished 17th in the 50 Breast (42.18) and 14th in the 200 Breast (3:24.32).
  • Megan Johnston took 15th in the 100 Back (1:18.47) and 16th in the 50 Back (35.55).
  • Natalie Champagne was 20th in the 100 Back (1:28.53) and 27th in the 50 Back (41.59).
  • Leslie Donlin placed 16th in the 100 Free (1:03.26) and sixth in the 50 Back (32.74).
  • Gabrielle Peabody was 19th in the 100 Free (1:04.10).
  • Zoe Mather was 32nd in the 100 Free (1:12.48) and ninth in the 200 Fly (3:36.14)
  • Amanda Marcus was 33rd in the 100 Free (1:13.20).
  • Meghan Dube was 34th in the 100 Free (1:13.94).
  • Ashleigh Beaudoin was 37th in the 100 Free (1:16.29).
  • Macy Mansir was 39th in the 100 Free (1:16.55).
  • Brittany Gaudet was 40th in the 100 Free (1:19.10).
  • Madison Cole swam exhibition in the 100 Free (1:16.61) and the 50 Back (39.40).
  • Sarah Wilson swam exhibition in the 100 Free (1:22.65).
  • Ashley Clark placed ninth in the 400 IM (5:32.21).
  • Lizzy Small finished seventh in the 200 Fly (2:59.09).
  • Amber Britton placed 15th in the 50 Back (35.15).

THE RUNDOWN - FINALS:

  • The quartet of Donlin, Harris, Sarett and Britton combined to post a fourth-place finish in the 200-Medley relay, nearly missing the school record with a time of 2:03.59, an effort worth 30 points.
  • Clark finished sixth in the 1000 Free (12:14.28) and tenth in the 400 IM (5:36.25), an effort worth 20 points.
  • Dube was 11th in the 1000 Free (15:00.99), an effort worth 6 points.
  • Beaudoin placed 12th in the 1000 Free (15:15.01), an effort worth 5 points.
  • Alexis Lower took 13th in the 1000 Free (20:41.68), an effort worth 4 points.
  • Sarett won the 50 Breast (31.30) and the 200 Breast (2:29.72), an effort worth 40 points.
  • Harris finished sixth in the 50 Breast (36.05) and the 200 Breast, an effort worth 26 points.
  • Johnston took 15th in the 100 Back (1:16.72) and 16th in the 50 Back (36.33), an effort worth 3 points.
  • Donlin placed 15th in the 100 Free (1:02.98) and eighth in the 50 Back (32.90), an effort worth 13 points.
  • Poland was 14th in the 200 Breast (3:23.32), an effort worth 3 points.
  • Small finished seventh in the 200 Fly (3:02.31), an effort worth 12 points.
  • Mather was ninth in the 200 Fly (3:32.82), an effort worth 9 points.
  • Britton placed 15th in the 50 Back (34.95), an effort worth 2 points.
  • Clark, Britton, Harris and Peabody swam together to post a sixth-place finish in the 800-Free relay (9:43.80), an effort worth 26 points.

The Eagles will return to pool on January 14, 2017 when they host Rhode Island College for a 12 p.m. dual meet.