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Cambridge, MA – The hunt for the title continued on day three of NEC Swimming and Diving championships as more titles were defended and two more records fell thanks to two-time NEC Swimmer of the Year Casey Ostrander (Yarmouthport, MA/Barnstable) and the 400 Medley Relay team from Saint Francis (PA). Ostrander, who bested her own record in the 100 backstroke, finished first as she touched the wall in 54.92. The Saint Francis (PA) made up of Becky Peer(Chelsea, Canada/Philemon Wright), Elise Lofgren(Molnlycke, Sweden/Hulebacks), Libby Francis (Dundee, Scotland/Grove Academy), and Alicia Ford (Whitney Point, NY/Whitney Point), also knocked down their own record as they finished in a time of 3:46.64.
The race to the top continues to be an interesting one as Central Connecticut emerged on top this evening for the second night in a row with a team score of 488. Saint Francis (PA) is nipping at the Blue Devil’s heals as they stand in second with a score of 481. Bryant returns to third finishing day three with a score of 389 while Wagner sits in fourth with 337 points. Mount St. Mary’s sits in fifth (256), while Sacred Heart and St. Francis (NY) head into the final day in sixth (158) and seventh (127), respectively.
In the 400 IM Czaplicki swam to a time of 4:24.70 to take home gold, followed by Megan Collins (Monroeville, PA.Oakland Catholic) of Saint Francis (PA) and Katie Lang (Monroe, CT/Masuk of Central Connecticut in second and third, respectively.
The 100 fly belonged to reigning champ Francis who swam to a time of 57.20. Erin Regan (Ft. Washington, PA/Upper Dublin) of Mount St. Mary’s took home silver (56.96), while her teammate Courtney Griffith (Westminster, MD/Westminster) collected bronze (57.30).
Friedmann came up big in the final lap of the 200 freestyle to take first with a time of 1:50.20 in the, while Taylor DeBever (Denver, CO/Regis) of Bryant booked a time of 1:51.01 to take home silver. Sarah Menendez (Land ‘O Lakes, FL/Wharton), of Wagner finished in 1:51.19 and walked away with bronze.
In the 100 breastroke, Lofgren protected her title, swimming to a time of 1:03.01, while Central picked the remaining medals as Kristina Gulia (Orange, CT/Amity) and Kristen Malski (Stratford, CT/Laurelton Hall), finished in second and third, respectively.
But it was the final two events that proved to be the most exciting of the night as
Ostrander bested her 100 backstroke record from last year, as she took home her third consecutive title in the event (54.62). Ford of Saint Francis (PA) earned her second medal of the night as she placed second (56.59) while Central’s Helene Neuhaus (Westport, CT/Staples) took third (56.83)
The night concluded with the record breaking 400 medley in which Saint Francis (PA) captured first, while the team from Central Connecticut finished second (3:52.19). The foursome from Bryant posted a time of 3:53.72 to take home third.
Tomorrow represents the final day of competition and will kick off at 11 am.
Girls - Team Scores
Place School Points
1 Central Connecticut State Univ CCSU 488
2 Saint Francis University SFU 481
3 Bryant University BRYU 389
4 Wagner College WAG 337
5 Mount Saint Mary's MSM 256
6 Sacred Heart University SHU 158
7 St. Francis College SFC 127