BOSTON, Mass. – The first full day of the 2019 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, hosted by Simmons University, concluded on Saturday evening with the Saint Joseph's College men in fourth place with 51 points and the women in seventh place with 147 points.
FOR THE MEN, Norwich – seeking the team's eighth-straight GNAC crown – is currently in first with 180 points. Regis is second with 118 points while Husson (66), Saint Joseph's (51), Elms (49), University of Saint Joseph (27), and Colby-Sawyer (7) cap the list of seven competing programs.
ON THE WOMEN'S SIDE, Simmons – in the hunt for the program's 15th-consecutive GNAC Championship – sits comfortably in first place with 652 points. Regis is second with 386 points while University of Saint Joseph (226), Norwich (219), Husson (172), Colby-Sawyer (157), Saint Joseph's (147), and Elms (130) round out the field of eight competing programs through 37 events.
- Freshman Ryan Watson (Bangor, Maine) broke a pair of team records with a new top time – and runner-up finish – in the 1000-Free (10:51.84) on Friday evening and a 5:09.46 effort in the 500-Free prelims on Saturday
- Senior Stephen Quinlan (Andover, Mass.) broke the team's 200-IM record by nearly four seconds and nearly won the finals event with a 2:05.99 time
THE RUNDOWN – MEN:
- Quinlan has tallied 12 points thus far after placing second in the 200-IM (2:05.99) and fourth in the 50-Breast (30.41)
- Watson has accumulated 11 points with his runner-up effort in the 1000-Free (10:51.84) and fifth-place time in the 500-Free (5:17.35)
- Freshman Nathan Landry (Derry, N.H.) placed fourth in the 100-Free (51.84) for five points
- Freshman Joseph Nichols (Tyngsborough, Mass.) has advanced to the finals in two events, placing seventh in the 200-Back (2:30.03) and eighth in the 200-IM (2:35.96) for three total points
- Nichols, Quinlan, Landry and Watson placed fourth in the 200-Medley (1:53.35) and 400-Medley (4:09.59) relay races for 20 total points
THE RUNDOWN – WOMEN:
- Freshman Alirose Beauregard (Dover, N.H.) has competed in a pair of final events so far for 20 total points, placing sixth in the 200-IM (2:25.08) and 10th in the 200-Back (2:27.50)
- Junior Emily Roy (Sidney, Maine) placed sixth in the 200-Back (2:23.31) for 13 points
- Junior Alexis Coiley (Fort Fairfield, Maine) finished 11th in the 500-Free (6:03.87) and 13th in the 1000-Free (12:30.70) for 10 total points
- Senior Julia Rowlett (Saco, Maine) has registered eight points with 13th-place finishes in the 200-IM (2:48.63) and 200-Back (2:42.92) events
- Junior Autumn Nostrom (Lyman, Maine) posted 13th-place finishes in the 100-Breast (1:20.13) and 50-Breast (37.37) events for eight total points
- Junior Hailey Bouyea (Lewiston, Maine) advanced to the finals in three events with five total points after finishing 15th in the 1000-Free (14:00.84) and 200-IM (3:10.21) and 16th in the 50-Breast (39.74)
- Freshman Hannah Kibbin (Augusta, Maine) posted three points with a 14th-place finish in the 200-IM (2:59.80)
- Nostrom, Beauregard, Coiley and Roy posted a fifth-place finish in the 200-Free relay (1:49.42) for 28 points
- Roy, Nostrom, Beauregard and Coiley finished fifth in the 400-Medley relay (4:36.02) for 28 points
- Rowlett, Nostrom, Kibbin and Coiley placed seventh in the 200-Medley relay (2:13.56) for 24 points
The final day of the 2019 GNAC Championship kicks off tomorrow morning with preliminaries at 9:00 AM.