BOSTON, Mass. – The Norwich University men's and women's swimming & diving teams competed in day one of the 2017 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championships, hosted by Simmons College, on Saturday.
Through 22 events the Cadet men sit in first place out of six teams with 186 points while the NU women hold fourth place out of eight teams with 177 points.
In men's action freshman Michael Pierce (Lutherville-Timonium, Md.) set a new GNAC record en route to first place in the 500 yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:48.90, shattering the previous record of 4:52.19. Freshman Joseph Clark (Acworth, Ga.) finished in second in the 500 free in 5:06.60. Clark also won the 200 yard backstroke with a time of 2:03.25.
Pierce also claimed first in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:46.08 with fellow freshman Sam Carlson (Dedham, Maine) taking second in 1:53.11.
Senior Chris Danieli (Chelmsford, Mass.) defended his 1-meter diving title with a score of 421.80.
Freshman Cameron Ferriera (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) claimed second in the 200 yard IM in 2:07.42 while DiGiacomo took second in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 54.03 and the 50 yard butterfly in 23.97.
Sophomore Elaine Dudley (North Waterboro, Maine) defended her crown in the 200 yard IM, winning the race in 2:12.69. She also took third in the 200 yard freestyle in 1:59.29 and fourth in the 200 yard backstroke in 2:18.60.
Sophomore Abby Weber (Snoqualmie, Wash.) finished fourth in the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 228.10.
The team of freshman ReAnn Bowen (Marlborough, Mass.), freshman Hannah Hughes (Fort Belvoir, Va.), sophomore Domonique Ector (Buffalo, N.Y.) and junior Alexis Spry (Corning, N.Y.) claimed fourth place in the 200 yard freestyle relay finals with a time of 1:45.63.
Ector also placed fifth in the 50 yard butterfly in 28:47.
The Cadets are back in the pool on Sunday for the second and final day of the championships.