DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Paced by the Corsair trio of sophomore Molly Harrington (Tewksbury, Mass.), senior Chrissy Deveaux (North Andover, Mass.) and sophomore Sarah Murphy (Braintree, Mass.), the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth submitted ten top-five finishes as the squad finished third overall in the 2017-18 Little East Conference (LEC) women's swimming & diving championships at the Tripp Athletic Center Natatorium on Saturday afternoon.
Women's Score: 3rd (229.5 points) of 7 teams
In the first of sixteen events on the afternoon, the Corsair assembly of Deveaux and sophomores Harrington, Murphy, Abby Wilson (Newburyport, Mass.) placed third in the 200-yard medley relay on their combined time of 1:56.24. Harrington made program-history for the Corsairs right from the start, as her 28.64 second finish in the first backstroke split eclipsed Meredith Maki's 29.30 second completion.
The senior then followed up with a runner-up finish in the 1650-yard freestyle, completing the near mile-long race with a time of 18:43 to contribute 13 more points to the Corsair total. Her next top-five finish came via the 500-yard freestyle, finishing in less than five-and-a-half minutes for fourth.
Harrington finished fifth in the closely-contested 100-yard backstroke, as the second- and sixth-place finishers were separated by a miniscule 0.65 seconds combined. The sophomore then notched second-place in the 50-yard freestyle in 25.73 seconds, narrowly getting edged out by Keene State senior Margaret Dean (Amherst, N.H.) by less than half a second. Events later, the 100-yard freestyle saw the same two top finishers, with Harrington finishing runner up in a time of 56.51 seconds.
In the 100-yard breaststroke, Murphy tied Keene State sophomore Olivia Pechulis (Bristol, Conn.) as each second-year swimmer touched the wall at the same exact time of 1:13.24. Murphy then went on to complete the 200-yard breaststroke in just over two-and-a-half minutes, earning fourth place in the race. In the penultimate event of the day – the 200-yard individual medley – Murphy rounded out her outing with a fourth-place result with a time of 2:20, just three-tenths of a second ahead of Keene senior Alexandra McCafferty (Chelmsford, Mass.).
Visiting Keene senior Hope Walsh (Hampden, Mass.) stood out amongst the competition, as she led with four first-place finishes to help the Owls seal first-place for the 13th consecutive season.
The Corsairs will compete at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Championships from February 15-18.