Local college notes

Mariners making waves

• Two Mitchell College softball players received New England College Conference weekly honors.

Senior Marissa Thomas, a New London resident and St. Bernard graduate, was named pitcher of the week after allowing four hits in a complete game shutout of Lyndon State last week.

Freshman Dylan Riccardi was selected rookie of the week after batting .667 in the doubleheader sweep of Lyndon State. She had four hits, four RBI and two runs scored.

• The NECC men's tennis coaches voted the Mariners as the preseason favorite to win the regular season title. They received all six-first place votes.

Mitchell, which will be shooting for its fourth straight championship, returns four letterwinners, including senior Tyler Engleberg and junior Rocco Devona.

Around the region

• Fitch High School graduate Emmett Dignan, The Day's Swimmer of the Year in 2010, earned All-ACC honors and qualified for the Olympic swimming trials at the ACC Men's Swimming Championships last month. Emmett made All-ACC by swimming the breaststroke leg for Virginia Tech's winning 200 medley relay. He also placed sixth in the 100 breaststroke (54.79), ninth in the 200 breaststroke (2:00.29) and 14th in the 50 freestyle (20.18). His 100 breaststroke and 50 free times were NCAA Division I, "B" qualifying times.

Dignan swam the 100 breaststroke in an Olympic trials qualifying time and will compete in Omaha, Neb., this June.

• RPI senior attack Bridget Curtin, a Gales Ferry native and Ledyard graduate, is a member of Rensselaer's women's lacrosse team. She has appeared in four games, including one as a starter.

• Clark University's Joel Simonson of Waterford was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference singles tennis player of the week. He posted wins against Holy Cross and R.I. College.

• Western Connecticut State University senior Ryan Gillis of Norwich was the Little East's offensive player of the week for men's lacrosse. He had 11 points on eight goals and three assists in two wins.

• Sophomore starting infielder Tyler Wild, a St. Bernard graduate, is batting .286 through 13 games for the St. Michael's College baseball team.

• Post University junior Aubrey Latham, a Fitch graduate, made the All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference third team in women's basketball. Latham ranked first on her team in scoring (15.5 points), assists (65) and minutes played (32.2 per game). She led the team in scoring 10 times and rebounding three times.

• Bryant College freshman Brooke Tomasetti of Waterford turned in a solid performance at the New England indoor track championships last month. She came within five hundreths of a second of breaking the school record in the 800, finishing in 2:19.95 and placing 20th overall.

- Gavin Keefe


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