Wagner, C. Connecticut Start Fast At NEC Champs

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Day one of the Northeast Conference Championships consisted of two relays.

The night started with the 200-yard medley relay. Wagner College took first place with a time of 1:40.52. The Seahawk team consisted of backstroker Anu Nihipali, breaststroker Katja Claesson, butterflier Michelle Detka and freestyler Dorian McMenemy. Central Connecticut State finished in second place over a second and a half later. The team of backstroker Kaitlyn Troy, breaststroker Maddy Garber, butterflier Sabree Thomas and freestyler Lauren Rasile finished in 1:42.19. The LIU Brooklyn team of backstroker Nathalie Meyers, breaststroker Milly Furneaux, butterflier Katelyn Coleman and freestyler Oleksandra Kashyrina touched third in 1:42.45.

St. Francis, Bryant, Sacred Heart and St. Francis College (New York) rounded out the finishing teams. Mount Saint Mary’s disqualified.

Central Connecticut had a commanding win in the 800-yard freestyle relay. The team won by nearly eight full seconds. Lauren Rasile, Christine Rasile, Lauren Czulewicz and Aidan Devers posted a time of 7:24.89. Wagner’s team of Maggie Shaw, Kirsty Hessing, Kristine Sullivan and Maddie McNichol touched second in 7:32.88. Bryant took the bronze medal. The team of Valeria Watson, Jillian Rice, Erin Daly and Nicole Salzano finished in 7:35.79.

The top three teams were followed by St. Francis, LIU Brooklyn, Sacred Heart, Mount St. Mary’s and St. Francis College (New York).

Tomorrow’s individual events will be the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard individual medley and 50-yard freestyle. The meet is in Cambridge, Massachusetts.