College swimming: Conn's Pielock wins two NESCAC titles

Brunswick, Maine - Connecticut College's Julia Pielock won a pair of events to lead the Camels to a sixth-place finish in the 2013 New England Small College Athletic Conference women's swimming and diving championships over the weekend at Bowdoin College.

Pielock, a junior, captured the 50-yard freestyle in 23.47 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 51.62 seconds, provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Division III championships in the process.

She helped the Camels finish with 709.5 points, well off the pace set by team champion Amherst (1,972.5 points).

Pielock was also part of two relays teams which placed and also provisionally qualified for the NCAA meet. She teamed with Sam Pierce, Emma Rotner and Sarah Lauridsen to tie Bowdoin for third in the 800 freestyle relay (7:39.5), then joined Lauridsen, Kelsey Ewing and Mackenzie Lilly to finish third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:32.01).

In addition, Esther Mehesz placed sixth in the one-mile freestyle (17:26.90), also provisionally qualifying for the national meet.

In another women's meet over the weekend:

• Junior Chantel Ferguson broke three of her own school records in leading Coast Guard Academy to a fourth-place finish in the 2013 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference championship meet at MIT in Cambridge, Mass.

Ferguson was second in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:08.19, breaking her own record by four seconds, was third in the 400 individual medley (4:34.05) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:08.46).

In addition, freshman Hayley McWilliams placed third in the 1,650 freestyle (17:43.90), senior Terry Josza was fourth in the 200 breaststroke (2:27.20), sophomore Sara Cantrall was fourth in the 3-meter diving (424.45 points), sophomore Darlene Sao was fifth in the 200 IM (2:10.33) and the Bears' 400 medley relay team of Carolyn Slife, Josza, Ferguson and Sao was fourth (4:01.16)

MIT won the team title with 1,021 points followed by Springfield (740), Wellesley (457) and Coast Guard (358).


• Sophomore Christian Brindamour broke a pair of school records and was part of a winning relay team to help Coast Guard place third in the NEWMAC championship meet at MIT.

Brindamour finished the 50-yard freestyle in 20.33 and the 100 free in 45.74, placing second in both events.

He then teamed up with Adam Hoburg, Michael Piantedosi and Kevin Smit to capture the 200 freestyle relay in 1:24.46.

Also for the Bears, senior Nick Poehler placed third in the 1,650 freestyle (16:19.32), Smith was fourth in the 200 butterfly (1:53.83), freshman Andy Anderson was fourth in the 1-meter dive (430.85) and the 400 medley relay team of Brindamour, Ben Morseth, Ryan Buys and Smit finished fourth in 3:28.84.

MIT won the team title with 1,178 points followed by Springfield (658.50) and Coast Guard (542).


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