The Central Connecticut State University swimming and diving
team started the final day of the Northeast Conference
Championships down 28.5 points. After the first three events of
day three CCSU found itself up by 41.5 points, but St. Francis (PA)
won the final three events and went on to win the meet by 48
points. The Blue Devils, who had won the last two NEC
Championships were the Runners-up with 508.5 points.
The three-meter diving event started the finals competition on Saturday. Sophomore Madison Vestergaard had to absolutely stick her final dive and did, winning the six dive event by two tenths of a point over Sacred Heart's Drew Mulvey. Senior Kristen Rossi took third in the three-meter with a score of 201.00.
The 1650 freestyle was the first swimming event of the night. Freshman Taylor Friedmann won the event by just under 17 seconds, breaking the CCSU freshman record with a time of 17:01.99. Friedmann, who also won the 200 and 500 freestyle events at the meet, was named NEC Co-Swimmer of the Meet and Co-Rookie of the Meet for her performances. She shared the honor with Bryant's Casey Ostrander.
Senior Kandra Kane, and freshmen Lauren O'Kelly and Christine Smith took third, fourth and fifth places in the event, respectively. Kane timed in at 17:33.04 while O'Kelly and Smith touched in within a second of each other (17:46.96 and 17:47.21).
In the next event CCSU placed three swimmers in the top five. Sophomore Alex Czaplicki defended her crown in the 200 backstroke, winning in a time of 2:04.38. Freshmen Hannah Packer and Allison Rasile placed third and fifth in the event, respectively. Packer finished in 2:06.27, while Rasile touching in at 2:09.64 for the Blue Devils.
St. Francis (PA) made up plenty of ground in the 100 free, taking second, third, fourth and fifth places in the event. The Red Flash then earned gold and silver medalist honors in the 200 breaststroke to take the lead back from the Blue Devils. Sophomore Kristen Malski was the top finisher for CCSU in the 200 breast, placing fourth in a time of 2:26.97. Junior Alyssa Carlucci and Smith took eighth (2:30.75) and 10th place (2:33.06), respectively.
Freshman Katie Lang came from way behind halfway through the 200 butterfly to tie last year's NEC Champion Jessica Hart for second place in the event. Lang and Hart recorded identical times of 2:06.81.
The final event of the night, and the meet, was the 400 freestyle relay. CCSU's team of Czaplicki, Kane, Lang and Friedmann finished second to St. Francis (PA), touching in at 3:30.81. The Red Flash finished with 556.5 points to Central's 508.5 and stopped the Blue Devils from winning their third straight NEC Championship. Wagner, Bryant and Sacred Heart rounded out the top five finishers in the meet.
CCSU, who is made up of mostly sophomores and freshman, should vie for the title once again in 2011. For now, the Blue Devils will challenge for the ECAC Championship February 26-28.
June 18, 2010 Swimming and Diving Completes Incoming Class for 2010-11
April 20, 2010 CCSU Swimming to Hold Water Safety Clinic May 9
February 28, 2010 Blue Devils Finish ECAC Championships in Eighth
February 27, 2010 Swimming Competes In Day Two Action at ECAC Championships
February 26, 2010 Friedmann Wins 500 Free, Blue Devils in Fifth at ECACs
February 25, 2010 Nine Swimmers and Divers Earn All-NEC Honors
February 13, 2010 Central Falls Just Short of Third Straight NEC Championship
February 12, 2010 Blue Devils Remain In Second After Two Days at NEC Championships
February 11, 2010 CCSU In Second After First Day at Northeast Conference Championships
February 10, 2010 Swimming and Diving Ready To Defend Title
January 30, 2010 Central Swimming Tops Wagner, 153-108 On the Road
January 25, 2010 Watch Highlights From College Conference Carnival
January 22, 2010 CCSU Competes In Day One of College Conference Carnival
January 19, 2010 Swimming World Meet To Be Streamed Live On SwimInfo.com
January 19, 2010 Vestergaard Earns Fifth NEC Diver of the Week Honor
January 16, 2010 Blue Devils Fall 163-60 at Miami
January 12, 2010 Friedmann and Vestergaard Receive Northeast Conference Honors
January 10, 2010 Friedmann Breaks Pool Record as CCSU Falls to Vermont 161-139
November 30, 2009 Ball Adds Three During Early Signing Period
November 24, 2009 Vestergaard Receives NEC Diver of the Week Honor
November 22, 2009 CCSU Finishes Final Day at Terrier Invite, Harvard Diving Invite
November 21, 2009 Blue Devils Compete In Day Two Action at Terrier Invite
November 20, 2009 CCSU Swims at Day One of Terrier Invite
November 17, 2009 Rossi Is Northeast Conference Diver of the Week Again
November 14, 2009 CCSU Falls to Boston University, 157-77, In Dual Meet Competition
November 11, 2009 CCSU Swimming to Offer Water Safety Clinic
November 10, 2009 Kristen Rossi Takes Second Straight Diver of the Week Honor
November 7, 2009 Swimming and Diving Falls to New Hampshire, 181-110
November 4, 2009 Meet at New Hampshire Changed to 2:00 p.m.
November 3, 2009 Rossi Receives Northeast Conference Diver of the Week Honors
November 1, 2009 CCSU Wins Pair of Dual Meets At Southern Connecticut
October 27, 2009 Vestergaard Earns Second Northeast Conference Weekly Honor
October 24, 2009 Swimming and Diving Competes at Sonny Werblin Invite
October 20, 2009 Vestergaard Earns Diver of the Week Honors
October 17, 2009 Swimming and Diving Drop Pair of Dual Meets at Northeastern
October 1, 2009 Blue Devils Picked To Three-Peat In Northeast Conference Poll