So. Connecticut State grabs early lead
Thomas sets record to lead Owls at NE-10 Championship
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Southern Connecticut State's Miguel Nesrala, Matt Sorena, and Amanda Thomas all set Northeast-10 Championship records on the opening night of the NE-10 Swimming and Diving Championships at the Hutchinson Natatorium on Thursday.
Nesrala and Sorena's efforts helped the Owls open up a convincing lead on the men's side, while the Southern Connecticut women's team won a number of individual and team events to also post a lead after day one of the three-day championship.
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Southern Connecticut women's relay teams won each final heat, while the men's team soared to titles in all but one event on Day One.
Nesrala established a new conference mark in the 50-yard freestyle, an event, which he has won each of his four years competing at the conference championships. His time of 20.84 broke his own mark of 20.98, which he set as a freshman.
Sorena broke the NE-10 mark in the 500-yard freestyle. His time of 4.35:42, bettering the mark he set a year ago of 4:36.01 at the championship.
Southern Connecticut's Thomas also posted a Northeast-10 record with her time of 2:03.29 in the 200-yard individual medley, an event which she won the NCAA Division II National Title in a year ago. Her old mark of 2:04.89 fell after just one year, as she posted that time at last year's NE-10 championships.
To watch Thomas's win in the women's 200 IM, click here.
Also, setting an NE-10 mark was Saint Rose's Vadim Yafayev, who completed the 200-yard IM in 1:52.86. Yafayev also broke his own conference record (1:53.10), which he set last year at the NE-10's.