Men's Swimming & Diving Claims Second NE10 Relay Team of the Week Honor of Season

Men's Swimming & Diving Claims Second NE10 Relay Team of the Week Honor of Season

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College men's swimming & diving program earned Northeast-10 Conference Relay Team of the Week for the week ending on Sunday, Nov. 21, earning the accolade for the second time in four weeks. Seniors Nate Imbergamo (Madison, Conn./Daniel Hand) and Sean McGurn (Braintree, Mass./Braintree) and first-years Will Englehardt (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) and Thomas Kane (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) comprised the squad.

Englehardt and first-year Margaret Wilk (Hardyston, N.J./Pope John XXIII Regional) earned selections to the NE10 Weekly Honor Roll, with Wilk claiming her third laurel this season and Englehardt nabbing his first solo award.

The Purple Knights' relay foursome of Englehardt, Imbergamo, Kane and McGurn won all four races at the State University of New York at Potsdam's North Country Invitational on Friday and Saturday, averaging their victories by 2.46 seconds. The quartet took the 200-yard freestyle (1:28.96), 400 free (3:16.69), 200-yard medley (1:41.65) and 400 medley (3:39.95), including capturing the 400 medley by 4.86 seconds. They posted the top times in the NE10 this season in the 400 free and 400 medley, stand second in the 200 free, and are third in the 200 medley. Englehardt, Imbergamo and Kane were also members of the Nov. 2 NE10 Relay Team of the Week, while McGurn rounded out this selection after junior Nolan Speidel (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) was part of the last foursome.

Englehardt won all seven races he entered at the North Country Invitational. He claimed three solo events, winning the 100-yard butterfly (54.40), 100 free (48.42) and 200 free (1:47.31), with all three times among the top six in the NE10 this season. He bested the runner-up by 0.99 seconds in the 100 fly and 1.1 ticks in the 200 free. Englehardt's 200 free relay (1:28.96), 400 free relay (3:16.69), 200 medley relay (1:41.65) and 400 medley relay (3:39.55) quartets all won, with the 400 free and 400 medley squads posting the top times in the NE10 this season. The 200 free has the second-best time, and the 200 medley is third. Englehardt is tied for second on the team in relay wins (7), third in total victories (13), and tied for third in solo triumphs (6).

Wilk won all three of her individual races while adding a fourth victory during the North Country Invitational. Wilk also aided a trio of runner-up relays. She won the 100 free (55.42), 200 free (2:02.75) by 2.97 seconds, and the 200-yard individual medley (2:17.45). Her times in the 100 free and 200 IM were each the sixth-fastest in the NE10 this season. Wilk anchored all four relays, including helping the 200 medley (1:54.70) win thanks to a 50 free leg of 24.58, quickest among all 11 anchors by 1.5 seconds. The 200 free (1:45.96), 400 free (3:53.60) and 400 medley (4:17.88) all placed second. Wilk turned in a 100 free anchor of 55.37 in the 400 medley, again fastest among all nine anchors by 1.46 seconds, while posting a 24.84 50 free in the 200 free relay and a 55.90 100 free in the 400 free relay, the best times across all 44 swimmers in the two events. Wilk leads the Purple Knights in total (14) and individual (9) wins while tying for first in relay victories (5).

The men hold a 2-2 dual mark and the women are 1-3 heading into the second semester, as the women were second and the men third at the North Country Invitational, their annual mid-season championship. Both squads are back in action on Jan. 6 at Norwich University for a 1 p.m. dual meet.