KINGSTON, R.I. - The Husson University women's swimming & diving team broke two school records, and junior Lara Sarett became the program's first New England champion on the final day of the 2017 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship on Sunday at the University of Rhode Island.
In Friday morning's preliminaries, Sarett placed first in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:28.03 as she eclipsed her school mark of 2:29.72 set back in December at the 2016 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship.
Sarett then captured the New England title in the 200 breaststroke on Sunday night with a finals time of 2:26.26 as he bettered her own record by two seconds.
Sarett also obliterated the program's NEISDA Championship record for the most points scored by an individual performer with 87, which she set at last year's championship with 78 points.
HU's 400 Free Relay squad featuring Sarett, freshman Leslie Donlin, freshman Keeli Wood and sophomore Gabrielle Peabody set the program record with their preliminary time of 4:04.68, destroying the previous mark of 4:09.82 set by Sarah Klopp, Casey Pray, Jillian Boyle and Natalie Calligan in 2013. Then Sarett, sophomore Ashley Clark, Wood and Peabody re-broke the record with a finals time of 4:01.74, which placed them 15th in the event.
The Eagles finished 15th in the team standings with 210 points. It marked the highest placing and the most team points scored in the HU women's program history.
Roger Williams University took home the crown with 1,452 points while Simmons College (1,259), Keene State College (1,118), Brandeis University (785) and University of New England (648.5) round out the top five.
In all told, the HU women's swimming & diving team recorded three All-NEISDA performances during the four-day championship meet and broke ten school records with one New England title.
THE RUNDOWN - PRELIMS:
- Sarett was the top qualifier in the 200 Breast (2:28.03).
- Sarett, Donlin, Wood and Peabody combined to post a 16th place finish in the 400 Free Relay (4:04.68).
THE RUNDOWN - FINALS:
- Sarett won the 200 Breast (2:26.26), an effort worth 32 points.
- Clark finished 17th in the 1650 Free (20:29.79), an effort worth 9 points.
- Sarett, Clark, Wood and Peabody combined to finish in 15th place in the 400 Free Relay (4:01.74), an effort worth 24 points.
The Eagles will return to the pool for their final swim meet of the 2016-17 season when Sarett makes a return trip to the ECAC Championship Meet at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. during the weekend of March 3-5.