New Haven, Conn. (February 6) -- After two days and 15 events, the Assumption College swimming and diving team has taken the lead in the 2015 Northeast-10 Conference Championships. The Hounds claimed three out of four events on the second day of competition on Friday to take an 88 point lead.
The Hounds kicked off the second day of finals competition with a thrilling, come-from-behind victory from freshman Carylyn Waite (Tampa, Fla. / Tampa Prep) in the 500 freestyle event. After falling behind by a sizeable margin, Waite and teammate Rachel Lanam (Sebastian, Fla. / Sebastian River) blasted through the final 200 yards of the race to finish one-two in the event. Waite touched the wall in 5:05.32, just before Lanam clocked in at 5:08.62. The pair notched 37 points for the Hounds for a solid start to the day.
Assumption followed it up with another gold medal in the 200 IM. Freshman Niamh Morgan (Bettystown, Ireland / Sacred Heart School) claimed her first NE-10 gold medal with her time of 2:07.99 in the event. Morgan's time breaks the previous Assumption record of 2:10.62, set by junior Victoria Weber (Augusta, Maine / Cony) in November. Weber also competed in the race, clocking in a new career-best time of 2:09.54, good for fourth place overall.
The third event of the day, the 50 freestyle, was the only event in which the Hounds didn't take the overall victory. However, Assumption finished back-to-back in fourth through seventh for an additional 54 team points. Senior Katherine Medeiros (Mattapoisett, Mass. / Bishop Stang) led the Hounds in the race with her time of 24.83, followed by classmate Elise Prayson (Dayton, Ohio / Archbishop Alter) in 24.90, sophomore Allie Wuerfl (Wayland, Mass. / Wayland) in 24.93 and junior Rachel Ferris (Stephentown, N.Y. / Berlin), who touched the wall in 24.99.
Assumption closed the day with its third relay win of the competition thus far, earning the gold medal in the 400 medley relay after claiming two Assumption program records Thursday in the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay. Friday's squad, consisting of Weber, Waite, Medeiros and sophomore Rachel Gagnon (Tolland, Conn. / Tolland), touched the wall in 3:55.25. Their time was nearly four seconds faster than the runner-up team from Saint Rose (3:59.16).
With two days of competition left, Assumption sits atop the leaderboard with an impressive 324 points. The Hounds are followed by Bentley (236), Saint Rose (224), Southern Connecticut (212) and Pace (164).
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