KEENE, N.H.--During the summer of 2018, the Keene State College Department of Athletics and Recreation will be looking back at some of the memorable and historic moments from the year that was 2017-18.
Our No. 3 moment recalls when the Keene State women's swimming and diving team captured a 12th straight LEC Championship.
It was never in doubt. The Owls took 12 of the 16 events, racking up 534.50 points, nearly lapping the field (second place Westfield State finished with 270 points) en route to their 15th title overall. The 534.50 points represented the 10th highest point total for an LEC Champion (and yes, Keene State has the other nine).
The Owls finished with 17 All-Conference awards, including Hope Walsh, who had a meet-best four first-team all-conference performances, winning the 200, 500 and 1,650 freestyle events and swimming the anchor leg of the winning 400 freestyle relay. Other award winners included Margaret Dean (First Team 50 free, 100 free, 200 medley relay, Second Team 100 fly), Alex McCafferty (First Team, 200 back), Hannah Wood (First Team, 200 back, 200 medley relay, Second Team 100 back), Madison Pechulis (First Team, 100 back, 200 back), Sophie Hayes (First Team 100 fly, 200 fly, 200 medley relay), Emily McMahon (First Team, 200 medley relay), and the remaining members of 400 freestyle relay team: Kristyn Simoneau and Molly O'Connor, both First Team.
It happened like this:
FREESTYLE: Senior Hope Walsh won each of her three individual events, starting with the 1,650 in which she turned in a championship and facility record time of 17:28.87, besting her previous mark of 17:39.23 from 2016. She was back in the pool just a few minutes later to win the 200 in 1:59.53, and later finished first in the 500 with her time of 5:20.50. Fellow Keene State senior Margaret Dean won the sprints, taking the 50 in 25.26 seconds and the 100 in 55.74 seconds.
BACKSTROKE: Eastern Connecticut junior Mollee Lasto won the 100 in 1:01.88, out-touching Keene State freshman Hannah Wood by 0.12 seconds. Later in the day, Keene State senior Alex McCafferty and Wood shared the championship honors in the 200 after turning in identical times of 2:12.17.
BREASTSTROKE: Keene State sophomore Madison Pechulis swept the breaststroke events, winning the 100 in 1:08.7 before taking the 200 title with her time of 2:30.91.
BUTTERFLY: Keene State sophomore Sophie Hayes swept the butterfly events, winning the 100 in 59.18 seconds and the 200 in 2:11.34.
RELAYS: Keene State's 200 medley relay team of Wood, senior Emily McMahon, Hayes and Dean turned in a winning time of 1:53.64 to open the 2018 LEC Championships. The Owls' 400 freestyle relay of Wood, sophomore Molly O'Connor, freshman Kristyn Simoneau and Walsh turned in a first-place time of 3:50.17.