Meerman sets new team standard in the 200 Free, Western improves in Day 2

Day 2 - Prelim Results
Day 2 - Finals Results
Day 2 - Team Scores

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT (Feb. 18) — Sophomore Kathie Meerman (Danbury, CT) swam to new team record in the 200 Yard Freestyle with a time of 1:59.51 as the Western Connecticut State University women's swimming team moved up in the standings during Day 2 of the New England Swimming Championships.

Meerman's record-breaking swim came as she swam the lead-off leg of the 800 Free Relay, an event in which Western finished in 8th place in a time of 8:21.28. Meerman continued her strong perfomance with a first place finish in the 100 Backstroke (1:00.19), and a second in the 50 Butterfly (:26.68).

Also scoring for the Colonials was Sophomore Danielle Leprine (New Fairfield, CT) with an eighth place finish in the 100 Breaststroke (1:10.61), as well as Western's 200 Medley Relay team which finished in 10th place (1:57.34).

Western improved four places after a disappointing 15th-place on opening day, and currently stands in 11th place with a total of 244 points.

The New England Championships conclude tomorrow at the Upper Valley Aquatics Center in White River Junction, Vermont.  The morning preliminary swims begin at 10:00am with the championship final heats beginning at 5:30pm.

Team Scores after Day 2:
1.      Bentley University           1,054
2.      Keene State                  974
3.      Assumption College           797
4.      Eastern Conn.                558
5.      Roger Williams University    437
6.      University of New England    427
7.      Saint Michael's College      420
8.      Univ. of Mass. Dartmouth     343
9.      Westfield State University   342
10.     Elms College                 271
11.     Western                      244