McNall takes two at NE-10 championships

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Lindsay McNall comes up for air during a race earlier this season. McNall won two events at the Northeast-10 championships while breaking a conference record, and is now one of the winningest Purple Knights in St. Michael's history. (File photo by James Buck)

Lindsay McNall comes up for air during a race earlier this season. McNall won two events at the Northeast-10 championships while breaking a conference record, and is now one of the winningest Purple Knights in St. Michael’s history. (File photo by James Buck)

Colchester native Lindsay McNall is back at it again.

A day after winning the 100-yard backstroke at the Northeast-10 Conference Championships, she took first in the 200-yard backstroke, breaking a school and meet record. She also placed second in the 100-yard butterfly.   

In all, the Purple Knights broke nine school standards during NE10s, with McNall having a hand in seven.

During the morning 200-yard back trials, she claimed the top position at 2:01.41, surpassing her two-year-old school record by 2.52 seconds while besting the closest finisher in the race by 4.88 ticks.

She met an NCAA Championship B cut before lowering her time even more in the evening finals, clocking in at 2:00.03 for the 13th-best time in NCAA Division II this winter.

She won the title by 3.82 seconds; the second- through fifth-place finishers were separated by 3.5 ticks.

Her time was not only an NE10 Championship record by 0.55 seconds, but is believed to be third in NE10 history.

Qualifiers will be announced soon for the NCAA Division II Championship, which takes place on March 8-11 in Birmingham, Ala. No Purple Knight swimmer has ever qualified, while two divers did so during the 1980s.

  During the NE10s, McNall also claimed her fifth career all-conference finish — necessitating a placement among the top two in an event at NE10s — while winning for the third time.

With 102 career event wins, she’s now second at Saint Michael’s in all-conference finishes for a career only to Eileen Mullowney ‘12, who claimed eight, including five victories.