Assumption Wins 2019 NE10 Championship

NE10 Championship photo

THE BASICS:

- Event: NE10 Championships Day Four

- Location: Worcester, Mass. (WPI)

- The Lead: Assumption won the NE10 Championship with 900.5 total points including 13 top-eight finishes on the final day of competition to win the Hounds' fourth championship in the last six years. Junior Abbey Holmes (Laurel, Md./Archbishop Spalding) was honored as the NE10 Most Valuable Swimmer of the Meet after recording three individual championships during the championships, along with two more relay victories.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

Abbey Holmes - MVP - Shannon Quirk (Wakefield, Mass./Wakefield Memorial) earned her fourth consecutive championship in the 1650 free with a time of 17:25.27. Quirk is the first swimmer in conference history to win the same event four consecutive years. Colleen Kurtz (Somerset, N.J./Rutgers Preparatory), meanwhile, finished in third in 17:31.37.

- In the 200 yard backstroke, two Hounds placed top five with Anne Guadalupi (Augusta, Maine/Cony) in third (2:04.85) and Grace Gustinis (Monroe, Conn./Masuk) tied for fifth with Southern Connecticut's Lauren Spencer in a time of 2:05.88.

- Senior Morgan Nicholls (East London, South Africa/Clarendon) earned third in the final individual swim of her career for the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:23.19, followed by Isabelle Roberts (Nantucket, Mass./Nantucket) in fifth (2:25.59). Nicholls time set a new school record, which was previously held at 2:23.59.

- In the 100 free, three Hounds placed in the top six with Holmes winning the gold in a time of 52.34. Emma Magna (Niantic, Conn./East Lyme) swam to fifth (53.54) while Sydney Rangulong (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) placed sixth (53.55).

- Allison Fitzgerald (Quincy, Mass./Fontbonne Academy) led the Hounds in the 200 butterfly, placing third (2:05.12), which set a new school record. Natalia Kaczor (Chicopee, Mass./Chicopee) placed seventh (2:11.11), followed by Ali Petrozza (North Andover, Mass./Austin Preparatory School) in eighth (2:12.04).

- To end the last night of competition, the 400 free relay team composed of Holmes, Rangulong, Nicholls and Magna earned second place in a time of 3:31.83, which set a new school record. The B relay, a team composed of Guadalupi, Kaczor, Gustinis and Payton Horton (Port Elizabeth, South Africa/St. Dominic's) won its heat in a time of 3:33.05.

BEHIND THE RESULTS:

- Nicholls broke the school record in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:23.19, which placed her third in the event while Fitzgerald set a new school record for the 200 butterfly in 2:05.12 in her third place finish. The 400 free relay team also set a new school record in the final event of the evening.

- Holmes earned most valuable swimmer for her outstanding performance over all four days of competition. She won the 50 free, 100 free and 100 breaststroke. She also was a part of NE10 Championship relays in the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay.

- Assumption won the NE10 Championships with a total of 900.5 points, which marks their first championship since winning three straight in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016 and following two second place finishes in 2017 and 2018. Bentley earned second with 775 points followed by Southern Connecticut in third (758.5).

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