Friedmann Breaks ECAC 200 Free Record, Blue Devils Move to Fourth
Central Connecticut sophomore Taylor Friedmann earned a victory in the 200 free event on Saturday with a record setting performance. That victory helped her team move into fourth place on day two of the ECAC Championships. The Blue Devils have scored 265 team points in the first two days.
Friedmann finished 200 free with a finals time of 1:49.44, that mark surpassed the previous ECAC record that had been set in 2005 by Kristin Brown of Pittsburgh and earned her an indvidual ECAC Title. Friedmann also helped a Blue Devil relay team to a third place finish in the 800 free relay on Saturday. The Blue Devil team of Friedmann, junior Alex Czaplicki, sophomore Lauren Shortell, and sophomore Allison Rasile finished with a time of 7:36.88.
Czaplicki also competed in the 400 IM taking second place with a 4:25.83 performance. In the 20 medley relay Czaplicki and the team of sophomore Hannah Packer, freshman Kristina Gulia, and freshman Helene Neuhaus combined for a 1:48.11 and a fourth place finish.
Neuhaus earned sixth place points for her team as an individual finishing the 100 backstroke with a finals time of 57.64. That was good for 13 team points.
The Blue Devils will return to the pool on Sunday to wrap up the ECAC Championships, complete results will be available later tonight.
The Central Connecticut swimming and diving team finished day one in fifth place at the ECAC Championships. The Blue Devils scored 105 team points, Harvard is in first place with 218 points. The Blue Devils were led by third place finishes from sophomore Taylor Friedmann and junior Alex Czaplicki.
Friedmann took third in the 500 free posting a 4:51.13 in the finals. That time earned the third place finish and the 16 team points that go with it. Czaplicki earned her third place finish in the 200 IM. Her time in the finals was 2:05.46, she also earned 16 points for her team.
Czaplicki and Friedmann teamed up with freshman Helene Neuhaus and junior Kristen Malski to earn a fourth place finish in 400 medley relay. They posted a time of 3:52.09 and earned 30 points for CCSU.
On the diving board junior Madison Vestergaard scored 178.10 points and earned an eighth place finish. That performance earned her 11 points for the team.
The Blue Devils will return to action tomorrow at the ECAC Championships.