2014 NEC Championships: Wagner Increases Lead, Exciting Battle For Number Two

Northeast Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships

  • Dates: Wednesday, February 19th – Saturday, February 22nd
  • Times: Prelims 11 a.m. / Finals 7 p.m.
  • Location: Zesiger Sports & Fitness Center, MIT (Eastern Time Zone)
  • Defending Champion: Saint Francis University (x4) (results)
  • Psych Sheets
  • Results (day one) (day two)
  • Live Video
  • Championship Central
  • Participating Teams: Bryant, Central Connecticut, Mount St. Mary’s, Sacred Heart, St. Francis Brooklyn, Saint Francis University and Wagner


Wagner increased its lead over its Northeast Conference competitors on Thursday while an exciting battle for second played out among Central Connecticut State, Bryant, and Saint Francis University.

The Seahawks got things rolling with a 1-2 finish in the 500 free with Grace Baird (4:54.33) and Amanda Lucia (4:57.91). Bryant’ Taylor DeBever (4:58.54) finished third.

Anu Nihipali (2:02.78) of Wagner won the 200 IM in 2:02.78. Saint Francis University’s Elise Lofgren (2:03.10) took second; Wagner’s Kara Lacoste (2:04.93), third.

In the 50 free, SFU’s Danyel Johnson (23.46) got the win. Central Connecticut State’s Christine Rasile (23.74) touched second and Sarah Menendez of Wagner (23.83) was third.

Saint Francis University followed up with a come-from-behind victory in the 200 free relay. Catherine Rogers (24.13), Jessica Reilly (23.96), Libby Francis (23.39), and Danyel Johnson (22.87) combined to win in 1:34.35, overcoming the foursome from Wagner (Menendez, Corinne Rondina, Sam Sides, and Meredith Ketchmark) that had led most of the race. Bryant finished third.

Central Connecticut State picked up game-changing points in the one-meter diving event, thanks in part to a 1-2 finish from Jessica Goldman (211.55) and Kaitlyn Beaver (208.00). Erica Curry of Wagner (203.95) placed third.


Standings After Day Two

1. Wagner College 297
2. Central Connecticut State University 214
3. Bryant University 207
4. Saint Francis University 205
5. Mount Saint Mary’s 131
6. St. Francis College 86
7. Sacred Heart University 85

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Anne Lepesant

Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swim/swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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