Bryant U Women Finish NEC Champs Title Defense with Record

Northeast Conference (NEC) – Women

On the final day of the NEC Championships, the Bryant U women won 4 of 6 events. Their 400 free relay win not only capped off their dominant performance to defend their 2018 title, but was also the only meet record of the day.

For her efforts, Bryant senior Jillian Rice was named the 2019 NEC Swimmer of the Meet after sweeping the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles. Bryant’s swimming coach Katie Cameron & diving coach Jerry Cummiskey were named the conference coaches of the year as well.

Wagner freshman Ellie Eastwood was awarded Rookie of the Meet after becoming the first freshman victor in the 400 IM on Friday. Wagner’s Adrianna Warning won Outstanding Diver of the Meet after winning the 3-meter and placing 2nd on the 1-meter. The NEC doesn’t dive platform at its conference championship meet.

Final Team Scores

  1. Bryant U- 863. 50
  2. Central Connecticut State- 600
  3. Saint Francis- 485. 50
  4. Wagner- 473. 50
  5. Liu Brooklyn Blackbirds- 377
  6. Sacred Heart University- 283. 50
  7. St. Francis College (New York)- 270
  8. Mount Saint Mary’s- 152

The session kicked off with Saint Francis’ Ana Pa Montes Deoca Zapiain winning the 1650 free by almost a whole 25 with a 17:00.91. Taking second place and chipping a whole minute off her seed time was Sacred Heart’s Margaret Flaherty (17:16.60). Bryant U swimmer Alyssa Difiore clinched her third top three finish with a 17:21.34.

The entire top three in the 200 back were all under 2 minutes. After winning the 500 and taking second in the 100 back, Bryant U’s Alaina Scifo came out on top with a 1:58.81. In a tight race for second place, LIU-Brooklyn’s Amanda Peren (1:59.28) held off Central’s Alexis Fredricks (1:59.39).

Bryant U’s Jillian Rice went 3-for-3 this weekend as she closed her senior year with a win in the 100 free with a 50.21 to defend her 2018 title. Jeanette King of Central finished a half second behind Rice with a 50.86.

In a tight race for third, Saint Francis’ Sabrina Bowman (51.05) out-touched Bryant U’s Alexa Rivera, who beat Bowman in the 200 IM, and Central’s Simona Visinski (51.06).

Heather Wong of Bryant U took the 200 breast win (2:17.87) to sweep both breaststroke events this weekend. Runner-up was Wagner’s Ellie Eastwood (2:18.29) and third place was Saint Francis’ Mack Lawson (2:19.27), who was runner-up in the 100 breast yesterday.

After taking third in the 100 fly, Central’s Valentina Gomez just missed breaking the 2 minute barrier in the 200 fly with her final time of 2:00.80. LIU-Brooklyn’s Noemie Lacroix-Moreau finished 3 seconds behind with a 2:03.88, Jessica Rupp of Saint Francis was another 3 seconds behind with a 2:06.51.

In the final event of the meet, the Bryant U relay of Rivera, Scifo, Alyvia Beaudion, and Rice won with a new NEC meet record of 3:23.72.

In the last 50 of the race, Simona Visinski passed up Saint Francis’ Katelyn O’Connor to finish in second for the Central relay (3:26.42) and locked in their runner-up team finish. Saint Francis finished third with a 3:26.97 and capped their third place team finish as well.

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About Nick Pecoraro

Nick Pecoraro

Nick Pecoraro has had a huge passion for swimming since his first dive in the pool. He joined the sport at age 11 and instantly became drawn to the sport. He was a breaststroker and IMer when competing, but still uses the sport as his go-to cardio. As a kinesiology …

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