Edwards Shines During Day 1 of NEISDA Championships

Nadine Edwards
Nadine Edwards

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. --  Bentley University freshman Nadine Edwards (Danbury, Conn./ Danbury HS) had a memorable day, making three trips to the top of the medal stand as the 2012 New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships got underway at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center Friday.

The Bentley women picked up three gold medals Friday night, and Edwards was a part of all three, including the team's only individual victory. That came in the 500 yard freestyle with Edwards breaking the school record for the fourth time this season, touching in 5:06.02.

Just before that, Edwards anchored the Falcons' winning 200 free relay team, which captured gold in 1:38.12, breaking the school record of 1:38.86 set at the same meet a year ago. Preceding Edwards into the pool were junior All-America Jessica Hodsdon (Brewer, Maine/Brewer HS), freshman Danielle Hellstern (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug HS) and junior Monika Drogosz (Unionville, Conn./ Farmington HS). Hodsdon's opening split of 24.73 seconds broke a four-year-old school record by 0.04 seconds.

Bentley finished the night by winning the 400 medley relay, and again Edwards closed for the Falcons, reaching the wall in 3:55.26. Sophomore Caroline Lewis (Westfield, Mass./Westfield HS) led off, Hodsdon went second, and sophomore Kellen Power (San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian HS) swam the third leg.

Hodsdon and Power went 2-3 in the 100 butterfly with Hodsdon nosed out by the slimmest of margins, just one-hundredth of a second, for the gold. That went to Keene State's Maureen O'Leary, who finished in 56.88 seconds. Power's time for third place was 57.61.

Bentley's other silver medal was earned by sophomore Amanda Le (Chelmsford, Mass./ Chelmsford HS) with a time of 2:12.08 in the 200 individual medley.

The Falcons also picked up three fourth-place finishes Friday evening. Those were posted by Lewis in the 200 backstroke (2:11.39), Drogosz in the 50 free (25.25) and senior Molly Murphy (Horseheads, N.Y./Watkins Glen HS).

NCAA Division II "B" cut times were turned in by Edwards in the 500 free and both Hodsdon and Power in the 100 fly.

Bentley, the defending champion, finished the day with 557 points and a 46-point lead over Keene State.  Assumption is a distant third at 382, and none of the other 19 participating teams have more than 300 points.

The NEISDA Championships resume at 10 am Saturday and run through Sunday evening.