WELLESLEY, Mass. - The 2020 Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Swimming & Diving Championship concluded on Sunday evening and the Husson University women's swimming & diving team finished with program best finish of third overall with 658.5 points.
Simmons won their 16th straight GNAC Crown and the 18th in the last 19 with 1,181.5 points for the three-day meet to finish ahead of runner-up Regis (Mass.), which totaled 692 points in the meet. The Pride, third-place Eagles and fourth-place Colby-Sawyer (635 points) were all separated by just 57 points in a tight race for second place. Norwich placed fifth with 570.5, followed by Saint Joseph (Conn.) with 443.5, Elms with 335, Albertus Magnus with 305 and Saint Joseph's (Maine) with 287 points.
The women also obliterated the program's GNAC Championship points' record, which previously stood at 297 points (2018).
- Erin Aucoin placed fifth in the 200 Free (2:02.85), an effort worth 18 points.
- Morgan Veilleux finished ninth in the 200 Free (2:09.31) and tied for sixth in the 50 Free (26.63), an effort worth 30.5 points.
- Jillian Clapp took tenth place in the 200 Free (2:13.04), an effort worth 13 points.
- Ashleigh Beaudoin was 19th in the 200 Free (2:36.27), an effort worth two points.
- Ava Emery earned a fourth place finish in the 200 Fly (2:34.93), an effort worth 19 points.
- Hannah Soutter finished fifth in the 200 Fly (2:40.21) and a eighth place finish in the 200 Breast (2:52.22), an effort worth 33 points.
- Ellie Clarke placed third in the 100 Back with a new school record time of 1:00.58 to become just the second first-year student athlete in program history and the first in 15 years to earn two All-GNAC honors in a single Championship Meet, an effort worth 20 points.
- Abbie Howe was 15th in the 100 Back (1:07.41), an effort worth six points.
- Sydney Jordan was 19th in the 100 Back (1:14.10), an effort worth two points.
- Emily Grinnell placed ninth in the 200 Breast (2:53.30) and tenth in the 50 Breast (37.34), an effort worth 27 points.
- Kelsey Poland was 15th in the 200 Breast (3:32.34) and 28th in the 50 Free (30.99), an effort worth six points.
- Maddie Wing finished ninth in the 50 Free (27.02) and 17th in the 50 Fly (30.20), an effort worth 18 points.
- Abby Ketch was 12th in the 50 Free (27.08) and 15th in the 50 Fly (29.97), an effort worth 15 points.
- Kayla Redman was 17th in the 50 Free (28.01) and ninth in the 50 Breast (37.33), an effort worth 18 points.
- Ivana Radovanovic was 13th in the 100 IM (1:14.85) and 24th in the 50 Fly (33.92), an effort worth eight points.
- Grace Emig was 15th in the 50 Breast (39.84), an effort worth six points.
- Aucoin, Ketch, Clarke and Veilleux swam together to finish fifth in the 400 Free Relay with a new school record time of 3:52.50, an effort worth 36 points.
The Eagles return to the pool in two weeks at the 2020 New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championship Meet, which is being held at the Tootell Auatic Center on the campus of the University of Rhode Island from February 13th - 16th.