NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, February 4. SOUTHERN Connecticut State University once again claimed team championships in both men's and women's team competitions, as the record-setting three-day 2012 Northeast-10 Championship Swimming and Diving meet concluded Saturday night at Hutchinson Natatorium in New Haven, Connecticut.
For the Owls' women, it's their ninth consecutive NE-10 title, while it's the eighth title in the last nine years for the men's team.
The College of Saint Rose's men's team finished second, while Bentley University finished third. On the women's side, the Falcons' finished behind So. Connecticut, while Saint Rose placed third in the 2012 Championship Event.
The final night of championship competition saw five conference marks fall as new records were established in the men's and women's 200-yard backstroke, the men's and women's 200-yard butterfly, and the men's 400-yard freestyle relay.
For the third time in as many years, So. Connecticut'sAmanda Thomas was named the Women's Swimmer of the Meet, as the junior standout won individual titles in the 100-yard butterfly (54.82), 200-yard butterfly (2:01.22), and the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.29). Each of the three times established a new NE-10 record.
Thomas's teammate, Matt Sorena, earned the Men's Swimmer of the Meet distinction as the senior won individual titles in the 200-yard butterfly (1:52.00), the 500-freestyle (4:35.42), and the 1650-yard freestyle (15:56.19). All three of Sorena's individual wins also set new conference benchmarks in the respective races.
Bentley's Mike Walsh was named the 2012 Men's Diver of the Meet, as he won both the one-meter and three-meter diving events during the weekend, while So. Connecticut's Amanda Burden claimed Women's Diver of the Meet as she won both women's diving events, as well.
For the complete men's and women's team scores from the 2012 Northeast-10 Championship event, see below.
The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 5,500 student-athletes. Each year, 4,000 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.
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