Amanda Lucia Leads Wagner At NEC Champs

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After the third day of Northeast Conference Championships, Wagner edged ahead of Central Connecticut.

Team scores:
Wagner – 510
Central Connecticut – 505
Bryant – 347
St. Francis University – 310
LIU Brooklyn – 296
Sacred Heart – 133
Mount St. Mary’s – 105
St. Francis College (New York) – 90

Finals began with the 400-yard individual medley. Wagner’s Amanda Lucia brought home the gold medal with a time of 4:22.92. Central Connecticut’s Aidan Devers took second with a time of 4:25.18, and Bryant’s Lauren Doerrman rounded out the top three in 4:27.64.

LIU Brooklyn’s Oleksandra Kashyrina took first place in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 55.31. Her teammate, Danielle Jefferies, took the bronze in 55.68. Lucia picked up a silver with a time of 55.55.

Central Connecticut’s Christine Rasile led her team to a first and third place finish in the 200-yard freestyle. She touched in 1:48.76. Lauren Czulewicz took third in 1:50.52. St. Francis University’s Katie Lafferty took the silver in 1:50.24.

Wagner’s Anu Nihipali took the 100-yard backstroke title. She touched the wall in 53.84, nearly three seconds ahead of the second place finisher. LIU Brooklyn’s Nathalie Meyers was runner up with a time of 56.72. Central Connecticut’s Kaitlyn Troy was third in 56.84.

Bryant’s Kelci Abernathy led the way in the 1-meter diving competition. She was followed by Central Connecticut’s Kaitlyn Beaver and Annemarie Durham. 

In the women’s 400-yard medley relay, Central Connecticut took the gold with a time of 3:43.18. The team consisted of Troy, who swam backstroke, breaststroker Maddy Garber, butterflier Sabree Thomas and freestyler Christine Rasile. Wagner finished second and LIU Brooklyn was third.

Preliminaries on Saturday begin at 10 a.m.


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Author: Peter Baugh

Peter Baugh is a freshman at the University of Missouri and is the assistant sports editor for the Maneater, Mizzou's student run newspaper. He swam and played baseball in high school. He is a two time finalist in the National Scholastic Press Association Sports Story of the Year contest and was named the SSP Journalist of the Year for the St. Louis area. He served as co editor-in-chief for his high school newspaper, The Globe, and also worked for the St. Louis American newspaper.

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