-Event: 2016 Northeast-10 Championships
-Results: 1st of 9 Teams (Day 3)
-Location: Worcester, Mass. (@ WPI)
-The Lead: The Assumption College swimming team has moved back into first place in the 2016 Northeast-10 Championships after the third day of competition. Assumption claimed five medals on the day in six events. Senior Victoria Weber (Augusta, Maine / Cony) helped lead the Hounds with three bronze medals, two as an individual.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
-To kick off Saturday's finals, sophomore Niamh Morgan (Bettystown, Ireland / Sacred Heart School) earned a gold medal in the 400 yard individual medley with her time of 4:28.45, breaking her own Assumption program record of 4:30.02 which she set at last year's championships. Her time also qualifies her for the NCAA B cut.
-Also qualifying for the A final in the 400 IM was freshman Shannon Fitzsimmons (Andover, Mass. / Andover) who finished seventh for 12 points with her time of 4:43.85.
-In the 100 yard butterfly event, Weber clocked a time of 58.28 for a bronze medal and 16 team points.
-Weber was joined in the A final by two additional Hounds, sophomore Courtney Barr (Waltham, Mass. / Matignon) and junior Rachel Gagnon (Tolland, Conn. / Tolland) who finished sixth and eighth with times of 59.67 and 59.96, respectively. The pair combined for 24 points.
-Assumption also earned a top-three finish in the 200 freestyle event. Freshman Shannon Quirk (Wakefield, Mass. / Wakefield Memorial) earned yet another medal in her inaugural NE-10 Championships with a third-place finish in 1:54.69.
-Junior Tricia Lee (Norwood, Mass. / Norwood) also qualified for finals competition, tallying 11 team points with her eighth-place finish in 1:56.47 in the 200 free.
-A trio of Hounds finished back-to-back in the 100 breaststroke. Senior Rachel Ferris (Stephentown, N.Y. / Berlin), freshman Morgan Nicholls (East London, South Africa / Clarendon) and Gagnon touched fourth, fifth and sixth with times of 1:08.15, 1:08.35 and 1:08.79, respectively. The three combined for 42 points.
-Weber collected her second bronze medal of the day in the final individual event of the night. The senior clocked a time of 58.87 as the only Hound to make the A final.
-The Hounds medaled once again in the final event of the evening, an exciting 200 freestyle relay. Assumption fell to fourth early in the race, battled back over the second and third legs to pull into second, but ultimately finished third in a time of 1:38.82. The squad consisted of Ferris, Nicholls, Weber and junior Allie Wuerfl (Wayland, Mass. / Wayland).
BEHIND THE RESULTS:
-The Hounds' performance in the 400 IM was enough to move them from second to first place where they stayed for the remainder of the day. After the first event of day three, Assumption was up by just 7.5 pionts however, after the day's final event, the Hounds lead by 44.5 points iwth just one day to go.
-Weber's time in the 100 yard butterfly is just 56 hundredths of a second shy of the Assumption program record.
-Assumption's 200 freestyle relay squad (1:38.82) came in just short of the Assumption record of 1:38.06.
-After three days of competition, the Hounds hold the top spot with 557.5 points followed by Southern Connecticut (513) and Bentley (405.5). Le Moyne is fourth (332) followed by Pace (331), Saint Rose (314), Saint Michael's (180), Adelphi (153) and Merrimack (94).
-The 2016 Northeast-10 Championships will conclude tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 6. The squads will begin Sunday's prelim competition at 10:15 a.m. before kicking off finals competition at 5:30 p.m. Both sessions will be broadcast LIVE on AssumptionGreyhounds.tv.
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