The past four years, I have found the Northeast-10 Conference Swimming and Diving Championships to be the most tiring weekend of my college swimming career. It’s three long days of trials in the morning, finals at night, and a 6-hour drive to Southern Connecticut State University on both ends of the three days. On top of that, our team hasn’t reached the resting part of our season yet, which we refer to as taper, while most of the other teams have. It can be frustrating watching our times stay at a standstill while other swimmers drop seconds.
This year was a completely different story. Our women’s team finished in 7th place, while the men tackled a 6th place finish overall. On top of that, we captured five school records and multiple best times.
Senior Eileen Mullowney broke her own school records in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle winning both events in the meet, as well as the 200 freestyle. Her sister Julie Mullowney (only a sophomore) crushed the 18-year-old 200 breaststroke record. The last two records were also broken by the women in the 400 medley relay of E. Mullowney, J. Mullowney, Sammy Sweeney (senior), and Steph Nadow (freshman) and the 400 free relay of E. Mullowney, J. Mullowney, Corine McAllister (junior) and Kaytlyn Kelley (senior).
Making it back top 16 for finals included E. Mullowney in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyle, J. Mullowney in he 100 and 200 breastroke, Kelley in the 100 backstroke, Sweeney in the 400 IM and the 200 butterfly, Maddie Craig (sophomore) in the 400 IM, and Nadow in the 200 backstroke.
Outstanding swims for the men’s team included Nathan Paluso (freshman) in the 100 breastroke, Kyle Esposito (junior) in the 1650, and relays of Nick Lamana (sophomore), Esposito, Matt Pearson (freshman), and Chris Jones (senior) in the 200 free relay and Lamana, Paluso, Aidan Meehan (freshman), and Jack Mulderig (sophomore) in the 400 medley relay.
Our top finishing diver, Joe Vo (freshman), captured a fifth place victory for the one-meter dive.
On cloud nine after competing so well this past weekend, we transition into our two weeks of taper before we head down to White River Junction for NEISDA Championships.
See below for a picture gallery from the NE-10 Championships.
2012 NORTHEAST-10 SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP VIDEO