February 19, 2012

Nolan, Rechtiene Lead Women's Swimming During Day Three of NEISDA Championships

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. –, Sophomore Chelea Nolan (Lowell, Mass.) placed eighth in the 1,650 freestyle and freshman Sarah Rechtiene (Southbury, Conn.) set her second school record in as many days to lead the Bridgewater State University women's swim team at the third and final day of the 2012 New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Division II/III Championships.

Nolan earned All-NEISDA honors in the 1,650 freestyle as she posted a time of 18:40.85.  The top eight placewinners in each individual event earn All-NEISDA status.

Rechtiene broke Denise Law's 19-year old 200 breaststroke mark of 2:37.49 set back in 1993.  Rechtiene posted a preliminary time of 2:36.53 and then a finals time of 2:35.07 to finish 15th at the championships. On Saturday, she eclipsed the Bears' 100 breaststroke record with a time of 1:10.33.

Rechtiene also swam a leg on the Bears' 400 freestyle relay (3:54.33), along with senior Renee Marcos (Lakeville, Mass.), sophomore Nelia Borden (Fall River, Mass.) and freshman Kristen Carey (East Taunton, Mass.), which placed 15th in the event.

Sophomore Ashley Dunican (Bennington, Vt.) added a tenth place showing in the 50 backstroke (30.13 seconds).

Bridgewater finished in 14th place in the women's team standings with 312.5 points.  Bentley University captured the team title with 1,552.5 points followed by Keene State College (1,358 pts.) and Assumption College (1,061.5 pts.).

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