Arisco named Swimmer-of-the-Week for fourth time in last five weeks
NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. - For the fourth time in the last five reports, Eastern Connecticut State University senior Amy Arisco (Wallingford) has been selected women's Swimmer-of-the-Week by the Little East Conference for the week ending Feb. 6
Above: Amy Arisco
In indoor track and field, sophomore Cora Gingras (East Hampton) was honored as the LEC's top female field performer and freshman Brody Secore (South Windsor) was tabbed as the conference's No. 1 male rookie track performer. The honors were the first for track team members this year and the third in track in the career of Gingras, who was twice selected as the top female rookie field performer as a freshman last year. Both Gingras and Secore also competed this past fall in cross country.
In a 148-104 home win over Western New England College Saturday, Arisco won the 200 yard butterfly in a program-record time of 2:17.15, swam the fastest times in the 50 butterfly and 100 individual medley, and swam the third leg of the winning 200 medley relay. Her winning time in the 200 butterfly broke a seven-year-old program record by just over two seconds.The win in the 200 butterfly was her 20th victory of the season.
At right: Cora Gingras
This season, Arisco has swum the fastest times on the team in all three butterfly and IM events and in the 200 and 500 freestyle and has claimed a total of 20 firsts in those three strokes.
The weekly honor is the eighth in Arisco's career. As a sophomore, she was selected Swimmer-of-the-Week on Dec. 14 after earning Rookie-of-the-Year accolades three times as a freshman in 2007/08.
Below: Brody Secore (middle)
Arisco holds six individual program records in the freestyle, butterfly and individual medley and as part of four relays. The 200 butterfly record Saturday was her third individual record of the season. At the Little East Conference Championships Dec. 4, she won championships in program-record times in the 200 freestyle and 400 IM and also with the 400 freestyle relay with claimed second place. As a sophomore, she captured the 400 IM at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Divison II-III Championships.
Previous LEC weekly award-winners this season for Eastern other than Arisco include freshmen Amanda Rivers (Meriden) and Michelle Schapp (Torrington). Rivers has twice been honored as Rookie-of-the-Week, Schapp once.
Eastern closed out the regular season with a 7-2 dual-meet record and competes in the NEISDA Divison II-III Championships Feb. 18-20 at White River Junction, VT.
Secore broke the program's 16-year-old record in the 800 meters by .20, finishing second in a field of 15 in a time of 2:01.44 Saturday at the Springfield College Invitational.
Gingras broke the program's nine-year-old record in the pentathlon and qualified for the New England Division III Championships with 2532 points at the Springfield invite. She finished second among six competitors in the event.
The men's and women's teams participate in the Little East Conference/New England Alliance Championships Saturday at noon at the University of Southern Maine.