By Alex Solari, Staff Writer
The women’s swimming and diving team competed in the 2017 New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Championships this past weekend at University of Rhode Island.
Friday, February 17 was the team’s first full day at the championships. The women placed 9th out of 21 teams out of 20 events.
After placing ninth in the preliminary heat for the 200-yard freestyle relay, Brienna Harrison, Yulyssa Diaz, Kaya Flanagan, and Chrissy Deveaux topped the consolation final heat with a time of one minute, 43.40 seconds. This beat the three-decade Corsairs record of one minute, 44.27 seconds.
Sarah Murphy had impressive performances in the IM events. Murphy placed fifth with a personal best of two minutes, 15.94 seconds in the 200-yard IM.
On February 18, the team placed 10 out of 21 teams, and participated in 32 events. Murphy made another top-five performance, taking three seconds off her seeded time, and placed second in the 400-yard IM.
In the final, she placed second overall with a time of four minutes, 46.95 seconds. Deveaux also competed in the event, placing eighth overall with a time of five minutes, 03:92 seconds.
Flanagan also found success at the meet, making the consolation finals in the 100-yard backstroke. She was able to shrink her time to one minute, 04.04 seconds and came in 15th place overall.
Since the team placed tenth place overall, they could make a final push for the final standings on Sunday with the remaining eight events.
On Sunday, Murphy wrote her name in the history books for the first time. In the championship final of the 200-yard breaststroke, Murphy posted a fifth-place time of 2 minutes, 34.18 seconds.
By dropping almost two seconds from her seeded time, Murphy became the UMass Dartmouth record holder for the event. She improved on Seanna McRae’s time of two minutes, 34.75 seconds.
Jillian Boyle made an impressive time in her final collegiate race, with a time of two minutes, 28.59 seconds in the 200-yard butterfly. She placed fourteenth overall and cut seven seconds off her previous best time in the event.
The 400-yard freestyle relay consisting of Flanagan, Murphy, Diaz, and Deveaux competed in the championship final and collected an eighth-place finish. They placed with a time of three minutes, 52.82 seconds.
The women’s swimming and diving team posted their highest team scores since 2013 on the entirety of the meet, placing tenth of 21 teams at 454 points.
There were two school records, one by Murphy and the 200-yard freestyle relay team. Murphy was the highest scorer with 78 individual points. Roger Williams claimed the team titles in both men’s and women’s competition, with the men totaling 823 points and the women 1,452.
The NEISDA Championships closed out the 2016-2017 season for the women’s swimming & diving team.