Thomas, SCSU lead NE-10 field
Notes: Golden Gophers making noise in pool, on diving board
Amy Hughes, NCAA.com
Southern Connecticut State dominated the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Championships, winning both the men’s and women’s team titles and sweeping swimmer- and diver-of-the-meet honors.
Sophomore Amanda Thomas was named the most valuable swimmer of the meet for the second consecutive year. She set a NE-10 record in the 200 butterfly with an NCAA “A” qualifying time of 2:01.23 while also swimming a leg on the winning 400 free relay team.
The most outstanding diver of the meet went to Owls senior Lauren Sasso, who won both boards in the diving competition. She posted a winning score of 358.35 on the 3-meter as well as a 375.75 to win the 1-meter.
Another Owl, Sarah Thompson, captured women’s rookie-of-the-week honors, finishing first in the 200 backstroke with an NCAA “B” cut time of 2:03.86. She also finished third in the 100 back with a “B” time of 58.30, and swam a leg on the first-place 200 medley relay team.
The Owls finished more than 300 points ahead of second-place Bentley in the team competition, handing Southern Connecticut State its eighth consecutive Northeast-10 Championships title.
Need to Know
• Minnesota freshman Danielle James won three events and finished second in another at the Minnesota Challenge last weekend. In the 200 medley relay, James and her team finished first with a time of 1:43.97. She then swept the breaststroke events, winning the 100 breast in 1:03.56 and the 200 breast in 2:20.67. She also finished second in the 200 IM with a 2:05.85.
• Another Minnesota Golden Gopher, junior Kelci Bryant claimed her eighth career title at the 2011 USA Diving Winter Nationals last week. She scored 283.90 to win the 1-meter title, securing the win with the highest-scoring dive in the final. Bryant also finished sixth in the 3-meter diving event with a score of 324.75.
• UNC-Wilmington sophomore Carly Tanner served as the centerpiece of a record-setting day as the Seahawks posted a 103-93 victory against Campbell for a program-record 12th dual win of the season. Tanner won the 100 breaststroke in a school-record time of 1:03.71 and earned a second win of the day when she swam the lead leg of the winning 200 medley relay team.
• Wright State junior Rasa Zilinskaite was honored as the Horizon League Female Swimmer of the Week after winning two individual events and two relays as the Raiders wrapped up their regular season with a win against Cincinnati. Zilinskaite set a pool record in the 100 butterfly (57.27) and won the 50 freestyle with a time of 25.09. She was also part of the winning 400 free relay and 400 medley relay teams.
• Laura Barito of Stevens Institute had two individual wins and a pair of relay victories in a 164-128 win over Hartwick. Barito had NCAA “B” cut and pool record times in both the 50 freestyle (23.67) and 100 free (52.25) and was a member of winning 200 medley relay (1:49.67, pool record) and 400 free relay (3:37.96, pool record, 52.07 split).
• Duke senior Ashley Twichell won two events and had NCAA “B” cut times in the 1,000 free (9:52.76) and 500 free (4:47.11) in the Blue Devils’ dual meet loss to North Carolina.