KEENE, N.H.--Throughout the summer months, the Keene State College Department of Athletics and Recreation will be looking back at some of the top moments and milestones of the 2016-17 academic year.
At No. 9, we review the outstanding season of Owls' junior swimmer Hope Walsh. Walsh proved herself to be one of the finest swimmers in New England, receiving top awards in the LEC and setting several school records.
The 2017 LEC Swimmer of the Year, Walsh dominated at the Little East Conference Championships on February 11, 2017 hosted by UMass Dartmouth. During Walsh's record setting day, she collected four medals, winning the 1000-yard Free, 200-yard Free, the 500-yard Free and the 400-yard Free Relay. Walsh set a new Little East Conference Championship record in the 1000-yard Free by over 32 seconds and set the bar with a time of 10:20.93. Walsh followed it up by setting a new record in the 200-yard free with a time of 1:55.43 and hit the trifecta after setting a new record in the 500-yard Free with a final time of 5:10.22.
Walsh's four wins helped the Owls clinch their 11th consecutive Little East Conference Championship with 557 points. Walsh, a junior for the Owls, recently won the 500-yard Free, 1000-yard Free and the 1650-yard Free at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships (NEISDA).
Walsh, who was named LEC Swimmer of the Year for the second straight year, continues the Owls' dominance of the award, becoming the third different KSC athlete to win it twice. Other winners include Kristine Trutor (2009, 2010), Kaila Umbarger (2011), Jillian Whitaker (2012), Diana Pimer (2013), and Allison Bartlett (2014, 2015).