East Meadow, N.Y. (February 24, 2018) -- The Mount St. Mary's University women's swimming & diving team closed out the final night of the Northeast Conference Championships on Saturday night at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. The Mountaineers finished in eighth place with 174 team points.
Bryant won its first-ever title with 793 points, while Wagner finished a close second with 728 points, and Saint Francis U grabbed third with 582.5. Central Connecticut (482 pts.) and LIU Brooklyn (271.5) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, and Sacred Heart (247), St. Francis Brooklyn (223) and Mount St. Mary's (174) rounded out the final three spots.
Maddie McGraw set a new Mount St. Mary's program record for the second night in a row, this time in the 200 back. The junior posted a time of 2:05.75 in the preliminary heats in the morning to break Catriona Coppler's previous record of 2:06.37 set in 2012. McGraw then shattered her prelims time with a 2:02.75 during the finals heats to set a new record. McGraw's mark earned her the top spot in the 'B' final and ninth place overall in the event.
Mary Lombardi registered a strong showing in the 1650 free, taking eighth place with a time of 17:40.06. Bridget Vaughan also earned points for the Mount in the event with an 18th-place finish in 18:40.84.
The Mountaineers had a pair of swimmers score points in the 200 fly, as Maggie deTar and Juliet Whitman placed 14th and 15th with times of 2:11.74 and 2:12.33, respectively. Lizanne Passaro finished 20th with a time of 2:18.69 in the event, and Erin Vopalensky touched the wall just behind her in 2:19.09.