Courtesy of the LEC Office and Eastern Sports Information
DARTMOUTH, MA. -The top women's swimmers and divers in the conference will compete on the deck of the Tripp Center Natatorium on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth this coming Saturday for the 2011 Little East Women's Swimming and Diving Championship. The conference office will provide a live video-stream broadcast of the 1th annual championship, beginning at 10:50 a.m. on LittleEast.tv.
Above: Amy Arisco (left) and Ericka Piccochi, last year's co-captains, accepted the second-place award on behalf of the team in recognition of the Warriors' outstanding performance at last year's LEC Championships.
The 2011 Little East Championship field will include Bridgewater State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Keene State College, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, Plymouth State University, Rhode Island College, Western Connecticut State University, and Westfield State University. The Anchorwomen are making their debut at the championship meet.
In 2010, Keene State captured seven individual events and both team relays to raise the conference championship trophy for the fifth consecutive season and eighth time in program history. A year ago, the Owls broke five championship meet records, including two by Jillian Whitaker. Whitaker swept both breaststroke events, setting a new standard in the 100 (1:07.11) and 200 (2:26.66), respectively. Classmate Maureen O'Leary is also poised to defend her individual championships. She was the first swimmer in the history of the Little East Championship to touch the wall in the 100 butterfly in 57.80 seconds. Keene State will attempt to eclipse the 400-point barrier for the sixth-straight season.
Eastern Connecticut placed second in the conference standings for the third consecutive season to earn the Little East Team Runner Up trophy. The Warriors captured two individual events, while placing second in four to receive the most team points in program history (338). Senior Amy Arisco established a new conference championship meet record in the 400 individual medley, touching the wall at four minutes, 48.51 seconds. Eastern Connecticut is ready for another strong showing after defeating conference challengers--UMass Dartmouth and Western Connecticut--earlier this season in dual meets.
While the graduated Arisco swam to all-conference honors (the top two individuals and top two relays in each event are accorded such honors) in three individual and one relay event last year, the Warriors do return four all-conference swimmers in senior Nadine Menard (Woodstock) and sophomore Becky Odgers (Shelton), Amanda Rivers (Meriden) and Michelle Schapp (Torrington). Last year, Menard was second in the 200 butterfly and Rivers second in the 100 freestyle and 50 freestyle and Odgers, Rivers and Schapp joined Arisco on the 400 freestyle relay which also placed second.
Fans unable to make the trip to North Dartmouth, Mass. can watch all the action from the 2011 Little East Swimming and Diving Championships on LittleEast.tv. The broadcast will be streamed live, but the conference office will also feature an archived telecast free of charge for the viewer immediately after the awards ceremony. LittleEast.com will also provide full coverage of the championship meet with complete individual and team scoring, as well as a comprehensive recap.
Formed in 1986, the Little East serves as New England's premier athletic conference for public institutions in NCAA Division III. Featuring 19 championship sports, the Little East sponsors quality competition in every season for our student athletes. Our eight state colleges and universities dedicate themselves to an ongoing fulfillment of the Division III mission of passion, responsibility, sportsmanship, and citizenship.
2011 Little East Swimming & Diving Championships
Order of Events
1 200 Medley Relay
2 1650 Freestyle
3 200 Freestyle
4 100 Backstroke
5 100 Breaststroke
6 200 Butterfly
7 50 Freestyle
8 1 Meter Diving
9 100 Freestyle
10 200 Backstroke
11 200 Breaststroke
12 500 Freestyle
13 100 Butterfly
14 3 Meter Diving
15 200 Individual Medley
16 400 Freestyle Relay