KINGSTON, R.I. – The 2016 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving (NEISDA) Championships were held on February 12-14 at Tootell Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Rhode Island and Husson women's swimming & diving finished in 16th place for their best team finish in program history with a three day total of 168 points.
The women also obliterated the program's NEISDA Championship points' record, which previously stood at 71 points (2006), while Lara Sarett set a new program record with the most individual points scored with 78. The previous record of 69 points was set by Cammi Howard in 2006 during the inaugural season of 2005-06.
Lara Sarett highlighted the weekend for the women by finishing in third place in the 100 breast with a team-record 1:08.00 effort, which was more than sixteen one-hundredth seconds faster than the previous mark that she set at the 2015 GNAC Championships. With the finish Sarett becomes the first Husson women's swimmer to finish in the top-3 of an individual event since Howard won the 100 IM in the 2006 NEISDA Championships.
Sarett took a fifth in the 50 breast (31.69) and fourth in the 200 breast (2:33.41), while setting new school records in her prelim swims in the 50 breast (30.92) and 200 breast (2:31.73). Her fourth and final individual record came when she led off the school record 200 free relay with a 25.83 in the 50 free however she broke the record once again during her 50 free time trial on the last day of the meet with a 25.67 for her third ECAC Championship cut time.
She was a member of two school record setting relay teams as well. Sarett swam with Ashley Clark, Gabrielle Peabody and Amber Britton who combine to finish in 15th in the 200 free relay with a new team-record mark of 1:51.23 and a 13th in the 200 medley relay with a 2:03.47 to break the previous record of 2:05.06 that was set by Amanda Mason, Megan Call, Erin Doucette and Chelsea Michaud at the 2010 NEISDA Championships by two seconds.
In her final race of the weekend with Clark, Peabody and Katrina Aman all swam together to placed 14th in the 800 free relay with a time of 9:13.63 while Clark, Peabody, Britton and Aman took a 19th in the 400 free relay (4:21.25).
Sarett capped off the weekend with three top-5 finishes and four individual and two relay school records for the best overall performance of any Eagle women swimmer in program history at this meet.
Roger Williams University claimed the overall NEISDA title with 1,500 team points while Keene State College finished as runners-up with 1,455 points, and Simmons College was third with 1,140 points. Saint Michael's College (753.5) was fourth, and Eastern Connecticut State University (638.5) rounded out the top five.
The Eagles will return to the pool for their final swim meet of the 2016 season when Sarett becomes the first Eagle swimmer in either the men's or women's program history to compete in the ECAC Championship Meet at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. during the weekend of February 26-28.