Swimming Takes Second in NEC Championship


Steve McLaughlin

The Blue Devils finished with a final score of 615.5.

Ryan Jones, Editor-in-Chief

Central Connecticut swimming and diving repeated as runner ups to the Northeast Conference title last week, winning nine individual events and finishing second behind Bryant in total points.

Junior Jeannete King was named Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet after three individual wins in the 50 free, 100 yard backstroke and 200 yard freestyle. She won her three events by a combined 1.37 seconds.

On the opening day of the Championship, King and fellow junior Katie Czulewicz each won took home gold in individual events. While King won the 50 free by .07 seconds, Czulewicz won the 500 free with a time of 4:53.96.

The Blue Devils also took home a victory in the final event of the first day, the 400 medley relay. The winning team was composed of King, Alex Lingdren, Simona Visinski and Ashley Calderon. They finished the relay with a time of 3:46.53.

Lindgren narrowly missed the gold in the 200 IM. She finished with a 2:06.55 time, just over a second behind the first place finisher.

CCSU again took home three medals on the second day of the Championship.

Czulewicz and King each won gold again on day two. Czulewicz finished the 200 free at 1:50.09. Finishing behind her was teammate Shannon Welcome (1:51.22).

In the 100 yard backstroke, King squeaked by the competition, touching the wall first by just .15 seconds.

The final event of the night was another victory for CCSU. In the 800 free relay, Czulewicz, Welcome, Visinski and Abby Keane used a late push to win the event with a 7:32.16 time.

The 200 medley relay was a tough fought race for the Blue Devils. The team comprised of Calderon, Mariana Espino, Hallie Perrin and King were less than a second away from a first place finish, but still finished with the silver medal with a 1:43.23 time.

The conclusion of the three day Championship was again fruitful for CCSU.

King earned her third and final individual gold medal of the weekend in the 100 free, finishing with a first place finish of 50.20.

Lindgren won herself another medal in the 200 breaststroke, finishing first at 2:17.04.

The NEC Championship marked the end of a successful spring season for CCSU. The Blue Devils won all four of its regular season duels, including a victory earlier in the season over Bryant, who ultimately took home the title this weekend.