NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Bentley University freshman Nadine Edwards (Danbury, Conn./Danbury HS) broke her own school record twice while winning the gold medal in the 500 yard freestyle during the first day of competition in the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Association Championships Thursday at Southern Connecticut State.
Edwards' effort, along with a strong showing in the one-meter diving, helped Bentley finish the opening day in second place in the team standings. Eight-time defending Southern Connecticut is at the top of the scoreboard with 317 points and Bentley followed with 222, good for a lead of 39 points over third-place The College of Saint Rose.
Edwards, 12 days after taking possession of the Bentley record in the 500 free, bettered it by 9.38 seconds in the prelims, with a time of 5:08.95, and lowered it even further with a 5:07.32 in the finals. That was an NCAA "B" performance, and gave her a winning margin of 0.77 seconds over Meghan Fay of Southern Connecticut.
Bentley amassed 46 points in the one-meter diving with freshman Paige Wilde (Naugatuck, Conn./Holy Cross HS) second with a score of 380.95, junior Abby Mathews (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford HS) fourth and junior Shelly D'Aleo (Enfield, Conn./Suffield Academy) fifth. Mathews finished with a 362.40 and D'Aleo was right behind her at 360.60.
The Falcons also had success in the 200 individual medley with junior All-America Jessica Hodsdon (Brewer, Maine/Brewer HS) third in 2:12.84 and sophomore Amanda Le (Chelmsford, Mass./ Chelmsford HS) fifth in 2:13.63.
Hodsdon and Le were also part of two Bentley relays that competed Thursday night. The Falcons' best finish came in the 400 medley relay where they competed with sophomores Kellen Power (San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian HS) and Caroline Lewis (Westfield, Mass./Westfield HS) for second place and a 4:00.21. Earlier, in the 200 free relay, Hodsdon and Le combined with freshman Danielle Hellstern (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug HS) and junior Monika Drogosz (Farmington, Conn./ Unionville HS) for a fourth-place showing (1:40.76).
Power had Bentley's other top-six individual finish with her time of 5:14.14 in the 500 free better than what the school record had been before Edwards took claim of it.
The championships continue through Saturday evening.
Team standings (following day 1 of 3): Southern Connecticut 317, 2. Bentley 222, Saint Rose 183, Assumption 153, Pace 125, Le Moyne 88, St. Michael's 76, Adelphi 59