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SMC: Swimming & Diving Swept by St. Lawrence in Finale

Submitted by Josh Kessler.

The Saint Michael’s College men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams lost their regular-season finales at Saint Lawrence University on Sunday, January 29, 2017 while senior Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) reached the 100-win milestone for her career. The Purple Knight women finished the year 5-3 in dual meets after a 115-93 loss, and the men are 2-5 following a 123-102 setback, outscoring the Saints 102-97 during swimming events. The teams return to action for the season-ending Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Feb. 16-19.

McNall is believed to be the first swimming & diving student-athlete in College history with 100 career triumphs, having picked up 66 individual wins while claiming 34 relay victories with 17 different partners. She helped her 200 medley relay quartet take the opening race of the meet, joining senior Katrina Wiesner (Bow, N.H./Bow), junior Ally Fischang (Oakland, Maine/Messalonskee) and first-year Lauren Giampietro (Watertown, Conn./Watertown). McNall picked up her milestone victory in the 200-yard individual medley, topping all competitors by 4.83 seconds in a time of 2:19.56. Giampietro took second. During the 100-yard butterfly, McNall nearly earned a third triumph, falling short of the winner by 0.02 seconds. Wiesner was third. Giampietro won the 100-yard breaststroke, and junior Genevieve Gigandet (Groveland, Mass./Central Catholic) topped the one-meter diving event. Sophomore Patty Kohn (Weston, Conn./Greenwich) had a pair of runner-up finishes, including during the 100 back. She anchored a second-place 200-yard freestyle relay that included classmates Elizabeth Doherty (Dedham, Mass./Dedham), Meg Flanagan (Middletown, R.I./The Prout School/Boston College) and Tess Grimaldi (Higganum, Conn./Haddam-Killingworth). Kohn was also fourth during the 200 free. In the 100 breast, Fischang took third and senior Cymantha Rogers (Swampscott, Mass./Swampscott) fourth. Wiesner was third in the 50 free, and Grimaldi placed fourth. First-year Reiley Adelson (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) was third in the 1,000 free and fourth during both the 100 and 500 free races, while classmate Sarah Brennan (Glen Rock, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) nabbed fourth in the 1,000 free. Grimaldi trailed Adelson by just 0.08 seconds during the 100 free.