PURCHASE, N.Y. – The Mount Saint Mary College women’s swimming team swam past the competition, amassing 139 team points, en route to its third straight Skyline Conference Championship on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Purchase College.
Second-year head coach Danielle Lindner was named Skyline Conference Coach of the Year on both the men’s and women’s sides for the second consecutive year.
The Knights’ 139 points more than doubled the next closest team. Purchase College took second with 58 points, while St. Joseph’s College (L.I.) and the College of Mount Saint Vincent followed close behind with 50 and 48 points, respectively. Maritime College took fifth with 29 points, and SUNY College at Old Westbury took sixth with 28 points.
Sophomore Lauren Becerra, from White Plains, was awarded with the Skyline Conference Women’s Swimmer of the Year Award after taking first in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:20.84), the 500-yard freestyle (5:29.53), and the 200-yard individual medley (2:22.29). She also swam the final leg of the first-place 400-yard freestyle relay (58.87, 3:57.85). Her time in the 500-yard freestyle set a new Skyline Conference Championship record.
Joining Becerra with multiple individual victories on the evening were freshmen Allison Sciucco, from Middletown, and Regina Zeoli, from Washingtonville. Sciucco won back-to-back sprint events, finishing the 50-yard freestyle in 26.57 seconds, and then picking up the top time in the 100-yard freestyle at 57.92 seconds, less than half a second short of the conference meet record. Zeoli grabbed her first win in the 100-yard backstroke with a personal best time of 1:06.20. She later took the 200-yard backstroke with another personal best time of 2:22.75.
Also turning in impressive results on the evening were junior Meghan Seaman, from Staten Island, and freshman Kira Adler, from Shelton, Conn. Seaman grabbed a top-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:04.88, five-hundredths of a second shy of the conference meet mark. She also took second behind Becerra in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:32.39) and the 500-yard freestyle (5:35.34), both personal bests. Adler took the win in the 200-yard butterfly (2:34.44) and added a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle just behind Seaman at 2:07.42.
The now three-time defending Skyline Conference Champion Mount Saint Mary College women’s swimming team next competes in the Metropolitan Conference Championships, which will take place from Feb. 14-16.