February 19, 2012

Edwards Leads Bentley to 2nd Straight NEISDA Championship, Finishes Weekend with 7 Golds

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. – An amazing weekend by freshman Nadine Edwards (Danbury, Conn./Danbury HS) helped the Bentley University women's swimming and diving team capture its second straight New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association championship as the three-day meet concluded Sunday night at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center.

Bentley, which accumulated 20 medals (including 10 gold) during the championships, finished with 1,552.5 points, nearly 200 more than runner-up Keene State College (1358). Assumption was third with 1061.5 points, and the top five in the 23-team field also included Eastern Connecticut State and Roger Williams University.

Edwards competed in seven events during the three days and earned gold in all of them, three individual and four relay.  In the process, she was part of five school records, including the 400 yard free relay Sunday night.

Edwards' third individual gold came in the meet's most grueling race, the 1650 freestyle. She completed that race in 17:50.57 to win by about two-and-a-half seconds.

Edwards also anchored Bentley's 400 free relay, which finished in a school record 3:34.19. Preceding her into the pool were freshman Kellen Power (San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian HS) and juniors Jessica Hodsdon (Brewer, Maine/Brewer HS) and Monika Drogosz (Unionville, Conn./ Farmington HS). Power's opening 100 of 52.62 broke the school record she set earlier in the night by four-tenths of a second.

Power had one of the two silver medals Bentley earned Sunday night, with her 53.02 bettering the standard she had set a year ago at the same meet by 0.57 seconds. The other silver was achieved by senior Molly Murphy (Horseheads, N.Y./Watkins Glen HS) in the 100 individual medley (1:02.87).

Junior Taryn Dooley (Feeding Hills, Mass./Agawam HS) took third in the 50 backstroke, her time of 28.04 seconds breaking her own school record by about a quarter of a second.

Bentley also had two fourths on Sunday night, Hodsdon in the 200 breast (2:25.36) and senior Susie Boretti (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) in the 1650 free (18:23.20).

During the weekend, Bentley broke school records a total of 14 times.

New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships

At Upper Valley Aquatic Center, White River Junction, Vt.

Final

Team Standings: 1. Bentley 1552.5, 2. Keene State 1358, 3. Assumption 1061.5, 4. Eastern Conn. State773.5, 5. Roger Williams 672, 6. Saint Michael's 623, 7. Univ. of New England 569, 8. Westfield State 538.5, 9. UMass-Dartmouth 461, 10. Elms 372, 11. Simmons 346, 12. Colby-Sawyer 346, 13. Western Connecticut State 339, 14. Bridgewater State 312.5, Plymouth State 237.5, 16. Saint Joseph's (ME) 174, 17. Regis 158, 17. Gordon 158, 19. Saint Joseph (CT) 130, 20. Western New England 120, 21. Norwich 50, 22. Husson 34.

BENTLEY 1ST-PLACE FINISHES

1650 Free: Nadine Edwards, 17:50.57

200 Breast: Amanda Le, 2:22.61 (school  record)

400 Free Relay: Kellen Power, Jessica Hodsdon, Monika Drogosz, Edwards (school record)

BENTLEY 2ND-PLACE FINISHES

100 Free: Power (school record)

100 Individual Medley: Molly Murphy

BENTLEY 3RD-PLACE FINISHES

50 Back: Taryn Dooley, 28.04 (school record)

SCHOOL RECORDS

100 Free: Power, 53.02 & 52.62 (part of 400 free relay) (old, 53.59, 2/20/11)

50 Back: Dooley, 28.04 (old, 28.27, 2/20/11)

200 Breast: Le, 2:22.61 (old, 2:23.59, 3/12/11)

400 Free Relay: Power, Hodsdon, Drogosz, Edwards, 3:34.19 (old, 3:35.99, 2/20/11)

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