Eastern trio goes 1-2-3 for second straight year at SJC Pentathlon
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Eastern Connecticut State University senior Erin McVeigh (Windsor) repeated her individual title at the Saint Joseph College (CT) Blue Jay Pentathlon and was followed for the second straight year by sophomore Katie King (Barkamsted) and Macaire Jones (Danbury) Saturday at the Bruyette Natatorium.
At right: Erin McVeigh
Of the five 100 yard events, McVeigh won the butterfly (1:05.41) and freestyle (57.87), and was third in the individual medley (1:09.13) in recording the fastest composite time (5:39.56) in the five events for the second straight year. King won the breaststroke (1:11.25) and repeated in second place overall with a composite time of 5:46.28, with Jones taking third overall for the second straight year (5:46.57).
Eastern swimmers dominated by taking the top four and nine of the top 11 places in the pentathlon. First-year junior transfer Shannen Barnard (Niantic) was fourth overall (5:48.78), junior Kayla Smoragiewicz (Norwalk) sixth (5:58.67), first-year sophomore transfer Rebecca Stewart (Niantic) seventh (5:59.54), senior Michelle Schapp (Torrington) ninth (6:01.6), freshman Jessica Charron (Baltic) tenth (6:03.58) and freshaen Natalie Stepniewski (East Haven) 11th (6:05.04). Schapp, Eastern's recordholder in all three backstroke distances, captured the backstroke in a time of 1:05.34, edging Smoragiewicz by .48 seconds.
McVeigh becomes the third Eastern swimmer to claim the Blue Jay Pentathlon title as many as two times, following Sarah Barber (2006 and 2007) and Amy Arisco (2008 and 2009). Nadine Menard of Eastern captured the 2011 pentathlon championship.
A total of 40 swimmers from four institutions competed in the meet, with 26 entering all five events. Team scores were not calculated.
Eastern hosts Western Connecticut State University Nov. 9 at noon in its home-opener.