NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Bentley University senior Amanda Le (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford HS) collected her fourth and fifth medals of the meet to help the Falcons pull out a third-place finish in the 2014 Northeast-10 Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, which concluded Sunday evening at Southern Connecticut State's Hutchinson Natatorium.
Bentley totaled 549 points, edging fourth-place Saint Rose by just three and fifth-place Pace University by four. Assumption College became the first team other than Southern Connecticut to capture the women's championship, outpointing the Owls 818-684.
Bentley sophomore All-America Nicola Mancini (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth HS) was named the Northeast-10 Women's Diving Championship Most Valuable Athlete after repeating as one-meter and three-meter champion earlier in the meet. Her score in the three-meter, 452.50, broke a ten-year old championship record.
Le finished second in the 200 yard breaststroke, touching just .08 seconds after of Elizabeth Hess of Southern Connecticut State. Her 2:21.94 was an NCAA B standard and less than two-tenths off her own school record. It was the third straight year that Le medaled in the 200 breast.
Le also helped Bentley place third in the 400 free relay, combining with freshman Kaitlin McGahie (Boylston, Mass./Tahanto Reg. HS) and juniors Danielle Hellstern (Southbury, Conn./ Pomperaug HS) and Nadine Edwards (Danbury, Conn./Danbury HS) for a 3:36.07.
That relay, in the championship's final event, clinched third for the Falcons, who were in fourth before the race. Southern edged Assumption by .01 for the gold and the 32 points Bentley received for third lifted coach Mary Kay Samko's team past Pace and Saint Rose. The Falcons edged Pace by 1.12 seconds and bested Saint Rose by 3.55.
Earlier Sunday night, sophomore Meg Pernsteiner (Highland Heights, Ohio/Hawken School) was fourth in the 200 backstroke (2:09.11) and Hellstern captured the B finals of the 100 free, ninth overall in 55.07.
During the four-day meet, Bentley made eight trips to the medal podium with three golds (Mancini in both diving and Le in the 200 individual medley), three silvers (two by Le) and two bronze (both relays that included Le).