SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. – Sophomore Amber Albe (Wallingford) swam to All-NEISDA honors in all three breaststroke events as Eastern Connecticut State University finished seventh overall at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships over the weekend at the Tootell Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Rhode Island.
With 564.5 points, Eastern finished in the Top 10 of the meet for the tenth straight year. A total of 21 women's teams participated in the 38th annual event. The four-day meet began Thursday night with the 800 freestyle relay and concluded Sunday evening with the 400freestyle relay.
The top eight finishers in individual events and first four relays are accorded All-NEISDA honors.
Joining Albe with All-NEISDA honors were senior Jessica Charron (Baltic) and sophomore Mollee Lasto (Orange). Albe was fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.98), sixth in the 50 breaststroke (32.51) and eighth in the 200 breaststroke (2:37.56). She established personal-best times in the final of the 100 and in the preliminaries of the 50 (32.03) and also swam a leg of four relays.
Albe, who totaled 26 points in the meet as a freshman, led the Warriors with 72 points, with Lasto accumulating 57, Charron 56, senior Hannah Cheney (Windsor) 50, senior Natalie Stepniewski (East Haven) 41, sophomore Hayley Mangan (Manchester) 30.5, sophomore Carly Mangan (Manchester) 21, junior Bridgett Furlong (Mansfield) 20, and senior Sam Pimer (Northford) 15. Six relays accounted for 202 points, with the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay both leading the way with sixth-place finishes.
Albe, Lasto, Charron, Cheney and Stepniewski all reached the final of each of their three individual events.
Charron repeated her sixth-place finish from two years ago in the 1,650 freestyle in a PR of 19:01.79. Lasto earned All-NEISDA recognition in the 200 backstroke for the second straight year, when she repeated last year's seventh-place finish in a time of 2:14.13.
Stepniewski set a PR of 2:03.62 in the preliminaries of the 200 freestyle en route to 15th place overall in that event. She was 12th in the 200 butterfly (2:26.63) and 13th in the 500 freestyle (5:35.73).
Hayley Mangan reached the final of the 50 and 200 butterfly, setting a PR of 228.64 in the preliminaries of the 200. Charron reached the final of the 400 individual medley, taking 11th place with a time of 5:07.28 in the final. She was also 11th in the 1,000 freestyle (11:34.17). Furlong also qualified for the final of the 200 freestyle, posting PR of 2:07.42 and improving upon that with a time of 2:06.78 with a 16th-place finish in the final.
Cheney also set personal bests in the final of the 500 (5:35.81), 1,000 (11:30.07) and 1,650 (19:24.51). She was ninth in the 1,650, tenth in the 1,000 and 14th in the 500.
Pimer and Carly Mangan did not advance to the final of any of their three individual events, but established personal bests in each: Pimer in the 50 breaststroke (34.24) and 50 (31.35) and 100 backstroke (1:06.97), and Carly Mangan in the 50 (29.46) and 100 (1:05.44) butterfly and 50 backstroke (31.40). Freshman Jenilee Antonetty (Norwich) set a personal best with a time of 27.93 in the preliminaries of the 50 freestyle.