Wagner, C. Connecticut Start Fast At NEC Champs

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Day one of the Northeast Conference Championships consisted of two relays.

The night started with the 200-yard medley relay. Wagner College took first place with a time of 1:40.52. The Seahawk team consisted of backstroker Anu Nihipali, breaststroker Katja Claesson, butterflier Michelle Detka and freestyler Dorian McMenemy. Central Connecticut State finished in second place over a second and a half later. The team of backstroker Kaitlyn Troy, breaststroker Maddy Garber, butterflier Sabree Thomas and freestyler Lauren Rasile finished in 1:42.19. The LIU Brooklyn team of backstroker Nathalie Meyers, breaststroker Milly Furneaux, butterflier Katelyn Coleman and freestyler Oleksandra Kashyrina touched third in 1:42.45.

St. Francis, Bryant, Sacred Heart and St. Francis College (New York) rounded out the finishing teams. Mount Saint Mary’s disqualified.

Central Connecticut had a commanding win in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team won by nearly eight full seconds. Lauren Rasile, Christine Rasile, Lauren Czulewicz and Aidan Devers posted a time of 7:24.89. Wagner’s team of Maggie Shaw, Kirsty Hessing, Kristine Sullivan and Maddie McNichol touched second in 7:32.88. Bryant took the bronze medal. The team of Valeria Watson, Jillian Rice, Erin Daly and Nicole Salzano finished in 7:35.79.

The top three teams were followed by St. Francis, LIU Brooklyn, Sacred Heart, Mount St. Mary’s and St. Francis College (New York).

Tomorrow’s individual events will be the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle. The meet is in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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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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