EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (February 16, 2006) Both the mens and womens swimming and diving teams finished the second day of competition at the BIG EAST Championships in sixth place with the mens two-day total equaling 129.5 points and the women tallying 114 points.
Abed Kaaki (Ras Tarura, Saudi Arabia) and Chris Ferreira (Madison, Conn.) both qualified for the finals of the mens 50 freestyle event. Kaaki secured the eighth place finish for the Huskies (20.70), while Ferreira took home 15th place (21.09).
Tristan Jones (Wanniassa, Australia) and Mike McNulty (Hartland, Wis.) had a back-to-back finish in the mens 200 IM with Jones capturing ninth place (1:50.86) and McNulty finishing in 10th (1:51.03).
In the 200 freestyle relay, Ferreira, McNulty and Kaaki teamed up with Nick Conrad (Olney, Md.) for a sixth place finish (1:23.00).
On the diving side, the men had a successful evening with all three competitors making the finals. Kevin Thompson (Stamford, Conn.) took sixth place in the one meter event (272.30) while teammates T.J. Ferguson (Plainville, Conn.) and Michael Clifford (West Islip, N.Y.) finished in 10th and 12th place, respectively.
Sarah Kearns (Milford, Mass.), Ryan Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) and Lisa Shelps (Quakertown, Pa.) all qualified for their individual events on Thursday evening. Kearns time of 4:55.77 was good for a 12th place finish in the womens 500 freestyle. Smith and Shelps both competed in the 200 IM with Smith finishing in sixth and Shelps in ninth.
The 200 freestyle relay saw Shelps combine with Danielle Sanders (Mississauga, Ontario), Erin McLaughlin (Woodbridge, Conn.) and Emily Karel (Bethesda, Md.) for ninth place with a time of 1:37.23.
Events will continue tomorrow with the preliminaries scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. and finals slated for 6:00 p.m. at the Nassau Aquatics Center.