Bryant Women Sweep Day 1 at NEC Championships, Including Meet Record

Northeast Conference (NEC) – Women

While their men’s team was swimming at the opening day of the MAAC Championships, the Bryant University women tore up the first day of the Northeast Conference Championships in East Meadow, New York.

The defending champions swept the meet’s opening day, including setting a new Meet Record (by almost a second) in the session-wrapping 800 free relay.

Fast forwarding to that 800 free relay, the Bryant women combined for a 7:21.70. That broke their own Meet Record set last season at 7:22.53. 3 of the 4 swimmers from that relay returned this season, with Elin Svard joining the group this year.

Split Comparison:

2019 Relay 2018 Relay
New Record Old Record
Alaina Scifo – 1:49.97 Alaina Scifo – 1:49.97
Elin Svard – 1:51.72 Alyssa Difiore – 1:51.05
Alyssa Difiore – 1:50.55 Valeria Watson – 1:53.04
Jillian Rice – 1:49.46 Jillian Rice – 1:48.47
Total Time – 7:21.70 Total Time – 7:22.53

The relay’s leadoff, Alaina Scifo, split exactly the same time ass last season. Alyssa Difiore dropped half-a-second, while Jillian Rice added a second, but the difference-maker was Swedish sophomore Elin Svard. She was over a second better than the swimmer she replaced on the relay (Watson graduated).

Bryant also won the 200 medley relay, using 3 of the same 4 swimmers as the 800 free relay: Alaina Scifo (25.76), Kayleigh Canavan (28.81), Elin Svard (23.60), and Jillian Rice (22.54). That group touched in 1:40.71, with the identical quartet as the one that won last year.  That improved the time by .17 seconds over 2018.

Central Connecticut State took 2nd in the 200 medley in 1:43.05, followed by Wagner in 3rd in 1:43.50.

This year, the conference moved 1-meter diving to day 1 of the meet (it was day 2 last year), and that helped Bryant earn an even bigger lead. The conference’s dominant diver last season, Annemarie Durham from CCSU, graduated, which leaves Bryant almost unchecked at the top of the diving group. Kelci Abernathy won with a score of 238.40, leading a 1-3-4-5-6 finish for Bryant: good for 78 points.

Bryant is good enough in the swimming portion of the meet alone to probably win; but with their dominant divers, their lead is becoming nearly-insurmountable already after just 1 day of competition.

Team Scores After Day 1:

  1. Bryant – 165
  2. Wagner College – 101
  3. Central Connecticut State – 66
  4. Sacred Heart – 65
  5. LIU Brooklyn – 62
  6. Saint Francis University – 60
  7. St. Francis College (New York) – 59
  8. Mount Saint Mary’s – 49

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