Eighteen swimmers will compete at this weekend's championships
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Every current Eastern Connecticut State University women's swim record but three have been set in the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association (NEISDA) Division II-III Championships.
At left: Michelle Schapp (Photo by Colleen King).
And you can expect several of those records to fall this weekend at the 34th Annual NEISDA Championships Friday through Sunday at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, VT.
Upwards of 20 institutions will be represented in the three-day event, which was won last year by Division II Bentley College. Eastern was the second-highest ranked Division III school, capturing fourth place overall with 773.5 points , more than 100 points ahead of the fifth-place competitors.
Since placing 15th overall in 2007, Eastern has never placed lower than seventh, with a program-best third coming in 2010 behind All-New England performers Kelsy Doheny, Jessica Wilson and Amy Arisco.
Eighteen swimmers on this year's 23-person roster will compete, with nine of them seeded among the top six. While Eastern will garner its share of top individual finishers, it is in the relays where the Warriors traditionally collect the bulk of their points. The Warriors are seeded fourth or higher in four relays and seventh in a fifth (the composition of each relay is determined on the day of each event).
Freshman Katie King (Barkhamsted) - the program record-holder in the 100 breaststroke -- is seeded third in the 50 yard breaststroke, fourth in the 100 breaststroke and sixth in the 100 individual medley, while junior Michelle Schapp (Torrington) -- who set the current 100 backstroke record at the Little East Conference Championships Dec. 1 -- holds seeds of No. 3 in the 50 backstroke, No. 6 in the 100 backstroke and No. 7 in the 200 backstroke.
Additional swimmers earning high seeds are junior Erin McVeigh (Windsor), who is seventh in the 200 and 500 freestyle and 200 butterfly, junior Colleen King (Barkhamsted), who is fourth in the 50 butterfly, junior Marissa Colley (East Haven), fifth in the 200 backstroke, senior Stephanie O'Kelly (Westport), sixth in the 200 breaststroke and seventh in the 50 breaststroke, and junior Becky Odgers (Shelton), who is fifth in the 1,650 freestyle and seventh in the 1,000 freestyle.
Generally, the top 24 finishers in individual events score points, as do the top 21 relays.
Last year's five relays accounted for one-third of the team's point total. McVeigh (55) and Schapp (47) are the most prolific point-producers from last year's meet, with Odgers, junior Jacqueline Tromp (Bohemia, NY), and sophomores Kayla Smoragiewicz (Norwalk) and Rachael Thatcher (Newington) all netting at least 30.