NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It was a 1-2 showing for Bentley University divers Paige Wilde (Naugatuck, Conn./Holy Cross HS) and Courtney Stone (Andover, Mass./Andover HS) in the one meter competition during the opening night of the 2015 Northeast-10 Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday at Southern Connecticut State's Hutchison Natatorium.
Wilde, a senior who had placed second in the one-meter in 2012, earned her first career gold with a score of 404.60 points. It's the third straight year that Bentley has taken first in the event with Wilde following two-time champion Nicola Mancini, who is red-shirting this season due to injury. Stone, a junior, finished second by a margin of 10.85 points with a 364.50.
Wilde and Stone were also 1-2 in the prelims with scores of 412.70 and 366.60, respectively.
Also scoring for Bentley in the one-meter was freshman Kayla Ducharme (Chelmsford, Mass./ Chelmsford HS), who was sixth with a 304.45.
The opening night also saw Bentley's 800 yard free relay team make a trip to the podium as the quartet of senior Danielle Hellstern (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug HS), freshmen Jessica Chen (Darien, Conn./Darien HS) and Emily Niemiec (Meriden, Conn./Francis T. Maloney HS), and senior Nadine Edwards (Danbury, Conn./ Danbury HS) finished third with a 7:47.77.
Edwards made the third place finish possible as she made up significant ground by swimming the final leg in 1:55.26.
In the 200 medley relay, Bentley finished fourth with Niemiec, sophomore Kaitlin McGahie (Boylston, Mass./Tahanto Reg. HS), junior Melissa Clauss (Oakland, N.J./Bergen County Academies) and Chen posting a time of 1:50.12. Niemiec swam the opening 50 backstroke in 28.07, missing the school record by only four-hundredths of a second.
Bentley finished the opening day in first place with 130 points, just one more than The College of Saint Rose, with defending champion and pre-championship favorite Assumption third with 112.
The four-day championship continues Friday at 10 am.