Holy Cross sophomore swimmer Kristen Desrosiers (Gorham, Maine) broke the school record in the preliminary heat of the 200 IM and then reset the record in the finals, while senior Gael Carter (Tampa, Fla.) broke the 50 free and 100 back school records to lead the Holy Cross men's and women's swimming and diving teams in the first day of action at the Patriot League Championship in Lewisburg, Pa. After one day of action, Navy holds the lead in the men's team competition with 328 points, while Colgate tops the women's team competition with 198 points.
Desrosiers finished with a school record time of 2:09.44 in the preliminary round of competition to qualify for finals and then broke the record again with an 11th place finish and time of 2:08.51. The relay team of Carter, sophomore Katelyn Desrosiers (Gorham, Maine), Kristen Desrosiers and sophomore Gina Mannix (Larchmont, N.Y.) finished sixth in the 400 medley relay with a time of 4:02.24. Carter's lead off split of 58.31 in the 100 back broke the Holy Cross school record set by Emily Ferris in 2003.
Carter, sophomore Nicole Passa (East Greenwich, R.I.), junior Maggie Beaudouin (Madison, N.J.) and Mannix finished eighth in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:39.59. Carter led off the relay with a school record time of 24.30, breaking the 50 free record set by Laura Brennan set in 2002.
The men's relay team of freshman Jan Yburan (Livingston, N.J.), sophomore Edward Supple (Needham, Mass.), sophomore Brian Lyons (Greenwich, Conn.) and sophomore John Vatalaro (Strongsville, Ohio) placed eighth in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:29.48. Yburan, sophomore Brian Power (Southport, Conn.), senior Aidan McGrath (Quincy, Mass.) and Lyons placed eighth in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:35.68.
Holy Cross continues action in day two of the Patriot League Championship tomorrow, Feb. 18, starting at 10:30 a.m. with the preliminaries of the 400 IM.