2008-09 Women's Swimming & Diving News

June 23, 2009
Blue Devil Swimming and Diving Announces 2009-10 Schedule
Central Connecticut swimming and diving, the two-time defending Northeast Conference champions, announced its 2009-10 schedule. The schedule, which is highlighted by meets against the previous America East champions New Hampshire and Boston University, opens with CCSU's Annual Alumni Pentathlon on Saturday, Oct. 3 in the Suydam Natatorium.

May 31, 2009
Ball Adds Five More For 2009-10 Season
Central Connecticut head swimming and diving coach Bill Ball announced five additions to the Blue Devil squad for the 2009-10 season on Friday. Lauren O'Kelly, Jennifer O'Leary, Christine Smith, Lauren Shortell, and Korinn Taylor have committed to CCSU for next season in hopes of winning a third straight Northeast Conference Championship for the Blue Devils.

March 1, 2009
Swimming and Diving Finishes ECAC Championships in 6th
Sophomore Megan McGorry and freshman Alex Czaplicki won their respective events on Sunday but it was not enough, as the Central Connecticut swimming and diving team finished sixth at the 2009 ECAC Championships at Harvard University. McGorry won the 1650 freestyle by over seven seconds, touching in at 17:03.54. Czaplicki finished the 200 backstroke in 2:00.27, just .55 seconds off of former Blue Devil Lindsey Snyder's school record.

February 28, 2009
Blue Devils Move Up To 6th After Day Two of ECACs
After two days of competition at the ECAC Swimming and Diving Championships, Central Connecticut is in sixth place with 216 points heading into final day action on Sunday. Six different individuals scored points in three events, while both Blue Devil relays finished in the top six to keep CCSU in the hunt as they try to defend their ECAC Title at Harvard University.

February 27, 2009
CCSU Swim and Dive Finishes Day One of ECACs in 7th
The Central Connecticut swimming and diving team recorded 45 out of its 86 points in the 500 freestyle during day one of competition at the ECAC Championships at Blodgett Pool on the campus of Harvard University. The Blue Devils currently stand in seventh place out of 23 scoring teams, while the host Crimson lead the way with 161 points. Senior Erin Crowley was the top swimmer for CCSU, taking second in the 500 free with a career best of 4:54.43. Sophomore Megan McGorry and senior Heather Vendetta finished third and seventh in the event with times of 4:57.79 and 5:05.63, respectively.

February 17, 2009
Nine Blue Devils Named Swimming and Diving All-NEC Performers
Central Connecticut freshman Alex Czaplicki was named Rookie of the Meet, while fellow freshman Mallory Miller earned the Outstanding Diver award this past weekend at the Northeast Conference Championships. The two first year competitors headlined a league high nine Blue Devils to receive All-NEC honors announced Tuesday. Senior Erin Crowley, sophomores Megan McGorry and Alyssa Carlucci, as well as freshman Kristen Malski also received first team accolades. Senior Heather Vendetta, junior Kandra Kane and freshman Sam Smolicz were tabbed to the All-NEC Second Team. The all-conference first and second teams consist of the first and second place event finishers from the NEC Championship meet this past weekend.

February 14, 2009
CCSU Swimming and Diving Repeats as Northeast Conference Champions in 2009
The Central Connecticut swimming and diving team led by 18 points heading into the final day of competition and ended it with a 17 point victory to repeat as Northeast Conference Champions on Saturday at Yale University. Despite losing 11 champions from a year ago, the Blue Devils held off Wagner, St. Francis (PA) and all others to win the 2009 NEC Championship with 552 points.

February 13, 2009
Blue Devils Hold 18 Point Lead Heading Into Final Day at NECs
The Central Connecticut swimming and diving team won six of seven events, but lost ground to second place Wagner as the Blue Devils lead 365-347 after day two at the Northeast Conference Championships at Yale University. CCSU heads into final day action with an opportunity to match last year's record of winning 18 of 20 events in competition at the conference championship meet.

February 12, 2009
CCSU Wins 5 of 6 Events, Leads After Day One of NECs
The Central Connecticut women's swimming and diving team finds themselves in a familiar position after day one of competition at the Northeast Conference Championships at Yale University. The defending champion Blue Devils lead the way with 192 points, while Wagner and St. Francis (PA) are currently in second and third with 161 and 102 points, respectively. CCSU captured gold in five of the six events in day one action, with victories from Erin Crowley, Megan McGorry, Alex Czaplicki, Mallory Miller and the Central Connecticut 400 medley relay team.

February 9, 2009
Blue Devils Look To Defend Title at NEC Championships
After finishing off the regular season with a home victory over Wagner, the Central Connecticut swimming and diving team will attempt to repeat as Northeast Conference Champions on February 12-14. The three day event will be held at Yale University with preliminaries to begin each morning at 10:00 a.m. and finals starting at 6:00 p.m.

February 3, 2009
Miller Tabbed NEC Diver of the Week
For the fourth time this season Mallory Miller has been named Northeast Conference Diver of the Week. The Central Connecticut freshman received the honors for her performance against Wagner on Saturday. Miller won the three-meter dive and was second in the one-meter, while qualifying for the ECAC Championships.

January 31, 2009
Crowley Sets Record, Blue Devils Top Wagner On Senior Day
Senior Erin Crowley won all three freestyle sprints and broke the pool record in the 200 free to lead the Central Connecticut swimming and diving team to a 146-114 victory over Wagner on senior day at the Jack Suydam Natatorium. The Plainville, CT native recorded a time of 1:52.96 in the 200 freestyle to break the previous pool record of 1:54.21set by Tammie Repass in 2001. Crowley won the 50 and 100 free events in times of 25.01 and 53.87 seconds respectively. She holds the Northeast Conference top time this season in all three events.

January 20, 2009
Erin Crowley and Mallory Miller Awarded NEC Honors Once Again
For the second week in a row senior Erin Crowley and freshman Mallory Miller were awarded with Northeast Conference honors for their performance this weekend against Miami. Crowley has now been named NEC Swimmer of the Week four times, while Miller has received NEC Diver of the Week accolades three times in her first season as a Blue Devil.

January 17, 2009
CCSU Swimming Falls to Miami 166-73
The Central Connecticut swimming and diving team was defeated by the University of Miami on Saturday, 166-73. Senior Erin Crowley won the 1,000 freestyle in 10 minutes and 24.22 seconds. She was also third in the 100 free, touching in at 54.36. Sophomore Megan McGorry and freshmen Alex Czaplicki and Mallory Miller each took home a second and third place finish at the Whitten University Center Pool.

January 13, 2009
Crowley and Miller Receive Swimmer and Diver of the Week Honors
Senior Erin Crowley and freshman Mallory Miller received Northeast Conference weekly honors for their performances at Central Connecticut's meet against Holy Cross and Vermont on Sunday. Today marks the third Swimmer of the Week honor for Crowley and the second Diver of the Week accolades for Miller. The duo also received the awards together on November 25 after shining in the Terrier Invitational at Boston University.

January 11, 2009
Blue Devils Split Dual Matchups In First Meet of 2009
Senior Erin Crowley and freshman Mallory Miller each came away with two first place finishes, while the Central Connecticut swimming and diving team split their first dual match-ups of 2009. The Blue Devils defeated Holy Cross 216 to 83, but fell to Vermont 120 to 179 in Worcester, MA on Sunday afternoon. Crowley took first in the 50 and 100 freestyle events, touching in at 24.93 and 54.26, respectively. Miller won both diving events of the meet, scoring 209.90 points in the one-meter and 232.25 points in the three-meter.

December 22, 2008
Ball Signs Four For 2009-10
Central Connecticut head swimming and diving coach Bill Ball announced four National Letter of Intent signings for the 2009-10 season. Allison Rasile of Branford, CT, Hannah Packer of Manchester, CT, Katie Lang of Monroe, CT and Taylor Friedmann of Berlin, CT have committed to CCSU during the early signing period.

December 9, 2008
Crowley Receives Second Straight NEC Award
Central Connecticut senior Erin Crowley received her second straight Northeast Conference Swimmer of the Week honor for her performance at the USA Swimming Short Course Nationals this weekend. The Plainville, CT native competed against the best in the country and posted times better than any other NEC swimmer.

December 6, 2008
Crowley Finishes Competition at National Meet
Central Connecticut senior Erin Crowley finished her competition at the USA Swimming Short Course National Championships on Saturday. The Blue Devil captain swam in the 100 freestyle and finished in a time of 52.98. Crowley touched in at 24.45 in the 50 free on Thursday.

December 4, 2008
Erin Crowley Competes at Short Course Nationals
Central Connecticut senior Erin Crowley swam in the first day of competition at the 2008 Short Course Swimming National Championships on Thursday. The Plainville, CT native finished the 50 freestyle in a time of 24.45 seconds. She was .12 seconds off of her conference-best time that she set at the BU Invitational.

November 25, 2008
Crowley and Miller Receive NEC Weekly Honors
Senior Erin Crowley and freshman Mallory Miller become the fourth swimmer and third diver, respectively, to receive Northeast Conference weekly honors for Central Connecticut this season. Both athletes receive the accolades for the first time in their respective careers. Crowley won the 500 freestyle, while swimming well in three other events this weekend at the Terrier Invitational. Miller set a personal record for the three-meter dive, posting a score 203 during the meet at Boston University.

November 24, 2008
Czaplicki Shines, CCSU Finishes 6th at BU Invite
Freshman Alex Czaplicki placed second in the 200 backstroke, but the Central Connecticut swimming and diving team finished sixth out of the nine teams after the final day of competition in the Terrier Invitational at Boston University. Czaplicki, who also finished second in the 200 IM on Friday, touched in at 2:06.13 in the 200 back at Competition Pool on Sunday.

November 22, 2008
Blue Devils Compete in First Day of BU Invitational, Czaplicki Sets CCSU Record
The Central Connecticut swimming and diving team competed in the first day of competition at the Terrier Invitational at Boston University on Friday. Freshman Alex Czaplicki took second place in the 200 IM setting a new school and freshman record of 2:06.50. Senior captain Erin Crowley won the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:56.69, while sophomore Megan McGorry placed third, touching in at 5:01.19. The Blue Devils are in sixth place out of nine teams with a point total of 123. The host Terriers are currently first with 266 points.

November 22, 2008
Swimming Finishes Day Two of BU Invite
The Central Connecticut swimming and diving team completed the second day of competition at the BU Invitational in sixth place with 227 total points. Senior captain Erin Crowley had the best individual finish of the day, placing fourth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:53.83. The host Terriers continue to lead the meet with 575 points. CCSU will be competing in the final day of the meet tomorrow at Boston University.

November 11, 2008
Smolicz and McGorry Earn NEC Honors Again
For the second week in a row Central Connecticut freshman Sam Smolicz and Blue Devil sophomore Megan McGorry were named Northeast Conference Diver and Swimmer of the Week, respectively. Smolicz placed fourth in both the one and three meter diving events at Saturday's meet against New Hampshire, while McGorry took home victories in the 500 free, 1000 free and 200 fly against the Wildcats.

November 8, 2008
McGorry Wins Three Events, CCSU Falls to UNH
Sophomore Megan McGorry won the 500 free, 1000 free and 200 fly but the Central Connecticut swimming and diving team fell to New Hampshire by a score of 128-171 at the Jack Suydam Natatorium. Senior Erin Crowley as well as freshmen Kristen Malski and Alex Czaplicki also won events for the Blue Devils on Saturday afternoon.

November 4, 2008
McGorry and Smolicz Named NEC Swimmer and Diver of the Week
Central Connecticut sophomore Megan McGorry received NEC Swimmer of the Week honors, while freshman Sam Smolicz was named NEC Diver of the Week for their performances in dual meet action this weekend. McGorry broke a pool record in the 1650 on her way to a win in the 2000 freestyle in Sunday's victory over Sacred Heart. Smolicz put up NEC best scores in both the one and three meter dives, while placing first against the Pioneers.

November 2, 2008
McGorry Breaks Pool Record, CCSU Defeats Sacred Heart, 155-131
Sophomore Megan McGorry broke the Jack Suydam Natatorium record in the 1650 on her way to a first place finish in the 2000 freestyle and the Central Connecticut swimming and diving team defeated Sacred Heart, 155-131 on Sunday afternoon. Senior Erin Crowley and junior Kandra Kane eached captured two individual victories as the Blue Devils played host to the Pioneers in New Britain.

November 1, 2008
Blue Devils Win 10 of 16 Events, Defeat Southern and Springfield
The Central Connecticut swimming and diving team won 10 out of the 16 total events on Saturday and defeated Southern Connecticut State and Springfield by scores of 165-132 and 174-124, respectively. Senior Erin Crowley, sophomore Megan McGorry and freshmen Alex Czaplicki and Kristen Malski each came away with two first place finishes at the Jack Suydam Natatorium.

October 28, 2008
Czaplicki and Vestergaard Receive NEC Honors
Central Connecticut freshmen Alex Czaplicki and Madison Vestergaard were awarded Northeast Conference Swimmer and Diver of the Week honors for their performances at last weekend's meet against Northeastern and Maine. Czaplicki placed second in both the 100 backstroke and the 100 butterfly and was also a member of the first place 400 free relay. Vestergaard took home a sixth in the three-meter dive and was seventh in the one-meter event.

October 25, 2008
Swimming Falls to Northeastern and Maine
Freshman Alex Czaplicki finished second in both the 100 back and 100 fly and was also part of the Blue Devils' first place 400 free relay team, but the Central Connecticut swimming and diving team fell short against Northeastern and host Maine at Wallace Pool on Saturday afternoon (91-198, 109-184).

October 22, 2008
Blue Devils Picked to Defend Crown in NEC Coaches' Poll
The Central Connecticut swimming and diving team was chosen by the Northeast Conference coaches as the team to beat in 2008-09, as released this afternoon. The Blue Devils received all six first place votes.

October 14, 2008
Swimming Alumni Meet Time Changed
The Annual Central Connecticut Alumni Meet/Pentathlon will be moved from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Saturday October 18. The Blue Devils are coming off of competition at the Sonny Werblin Invitational at Rutgers University. They will next be traveling to Maine to take on the host Black Bears and Northeastern on Saturday October 25.

October 14, 2008
Malski and Smolicz Take Home NEC Honors
Central Connecticut freshmen Kristen Malski and Sam Smolicz received Northeast Conference honors after their first collegiate meet this weekend. Malski was named NEC Swimmer of the Week, while Smolicz was tabbed Diver of the Week for their performances at the Sonny Werblin Invitational at Rutgers University.

October 11, 2008
Swimming and Diving Participates in Sonny Werblin Invite
The Central Connecticut swimming and diving team competed in the Sonny Werblin Invitational at the Rutgers University Aquatic Center on Friday and Saturday. The Blue Devils will next be hosting the Annual Alumni Pentathalon on Saturday October 18 before heading to the University of Maine to take on the host Black Bears and Northeastern in a three team meet.