Links: NE10 Release
NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – With the Northeast-10 Conference Championships on tap for four days of competition this weekend, the Merrimack College women's swimming team has been tabbed eighth in the NE10 Coaches' Poll ahead of the championship meet hosted by Southern Connecticut.
Dates: Thursday, Feb. 16 – Sunday, Feb. 19
Event: NE10 Championships
Host/Location: Southern Connecticut State University | New Haven, Conn.
Last Time Out:
- The Warriors competed in their final regular season meet of the 2016-17 season on Sunday, January 29 when they traveled to Bentley for a dual meet with the Falcons. Merrimack was unable to nab its first dual meet victory against the NE10 foe.
- Despite the loss, the Warriors would nab two individual first-place finishes, as well as a relay team victory. Freshman Caroline Ells (Centerville, Mass.) registered one of those victories, doing so in the 50yd freestyle at a time of 26.30. The other first-place finish came from classmate Alison Canjura (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) in the 200yd IM, posting a winning time of 2:23.14.
- Ells would be joined by fellow freshmen Andrea Taylor (Ludlow, Mass.) and Lucia Quesada Nylen (Malden, Mass.) and sophomore Samantha Towle (Chalfont, Pa.) to win the 4x200yd freestyle relay at Bentley, doing so with a time of 1:46.19.
The reigning 2016 NE10 Champion, Assumption is slotted to repeat in 2017 in the coaches' poll, earning 62 pints and garnering six of a possible eight first-place votes. The 2017 championships host Southern Connecticut is tabbed second with 54 points and two first-place votes, while Bentely finished close behind in third with 52 points, garnering the final first-place vote.
The points drop off to the fourth spot, where Le Moyne ranked in with 39 points. Pace rounds out the top-five teams in the poll with 37 points, while Saint Rose is slotted sixth with 35 points as sports 4-6 were all separated by just five points.
The margins were even closer with the final three teams in the poll, as Saint Michael's grabbed the seventh spot with 16 points. Merrimack finished just one point behind the Purple Knights, being tabbed eighth with 15 points. Adelphi is posted in the final spot in the poll, also just one point behind with 14.
2017 NE10 Women's Swimming/Diving Championship Coaches' Poll