CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Lauren McCandless (Macungie, Pa.) shattered a pair of records on the day while Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) took home a new ECAC record in the first day of the ECAC Championships, held at Harvard University.
McCandless started the preliminary portion of the day off with a bang in the 500-yard free. The junior shattered the New Hampshire school record in the event, clocking in with a time of 4:52.58 and earning the second seed going into the evening in the finals. McCandless topped her own record of 4:52.87 that she set in 2011.
Sophomore Mann swam to a first-place finish, a new ECAC record and an NCAA-B cut in the 200 IM, blazing through the water to a time of 2:01.56. Junior Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) secured the second seed going into the night after finishing with a result of 2:01.69. Sophomore Oneida Cooper (Johannesburg, South Africa) finished the event with a time of 2:05.45.
In the eighth event, the 50 free, Allison Morales (Santa Clarita, Calif.) took second place to earn the second seed after coming in to a time of 24.07.
In the finals portion of the 500 free, McCandless outdid herself when she re-broke the school record in the event, registering a time of 4:51.20.
Mann and Roberts reversed their places in the finals of the 200 IM as Roberts came in with a time of 1:58.79, an NCAA-B cut. Mann touched the wall second with a quicker time than the morning. She finished with a time of 2:01.20, also an NCAA-B cut. Cooper finished ahead of her preliminary time as well, clocking in at 2:05.23.
Morales posted a fifth-place finish in the final section of the 50 free, coming in with a time of 24.20.
Ellen Pelletier (West Hartford, Conn.) notched a seventh-place finish in the 1-meter diving final, splashing to a score of 228.00. The score was 17 points higher than her preliminary dive.
Day two of the championships begins Saturday with the preliminaries at 10 a.m., followed by the finals at 6 p.m.