Junior John Williams
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Mark Seliger Photography
Junior John Williams

Men's Swimming And Diving Concludes Season With Two More Records At Patriot League Championship

Holy Cross Athletics   02-18-2017


Result: 8th out of 10 Teams (131 pts.)
Location: Lewisburg, Pa. (Bucknell’s Kinney Natatorium inside the Kenneth Langone Athletics & Recreation Center)
Date: February 18, 2017
The Lead:  Sophomore Steve Tierney set his third Holy Cross all-time record at the Patriot League Championship, swimming for a time of 46.05 in the 100-yard freestyle, as the men’s swimming and diving team concluded their 2016-2017 season on Saturday.


  • Tierney first broke the 100-yard freestyle as an individual effort, notching the 19th-place spot with his time of 46.21. He then re-set the record while swimming the lead-off leg in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The prior record was set during the 2003 Patriot League Championship.
  • The Crusaders set a new Holy Cross record in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The remainder of the record-breaking 400-yard freestyle relay team consisted of senior co-captain Alex Young, Junior Jake Sbarbaro and sophomore Corey Manley.
  • Junior Ethan Nightingale came close to hitting a finals qualifying mark in the 200-yard backstroke, recording a personal record and season-best mark of 1:57.20 for a 19th-place finish.
  • With his time of 2:07.47, senior co-captain Andrew Higgins captured the 15th-place spot in the 200-yard breaststroke. His mark was good for a personal record time.
  • Sbarbaro took the 21st-place spot in the 200-yard butterfly, swimming for a season-best time of 1:55.81.
  • Concluding the diving events, sophomore Riccardo Marcangeli (217.00) and junior Jimmy Nugent (212.80) finished 10th and 11th, respectively in the three-meter dive.
  • With his time of 18:05.09, junior John Williams finished 26th in the 1650-yard freestyle. His mark was a personal record.
  • Navy won the Patriot League Championship with 846 points.


  • Finishing eighth overall, the men posted their top performance at the Patriot League Championship in the program's history. 


  • The swimming and diving Patriot League Championship served as part of the second annual Turnpike Trophy competition where Holy Cross and Boston University square off throughout the year. Boston University now holds an 8-1 lead.
  • Trevor Winans of Boston University was named the men’s swimming and diving Turnpike Trophy MVP.
  • This athletic series between the in-state Patriot League rivals awards points for all head-to-head victories in both the regular season and postseason, with the Turnpike Trophy going to the school which accumulates the most points at the end of the academic year.
  • The Turnpike Trophy series continues tomorrow, when the men’s and women’s track and field teams face off during the Patriot League Indoor Championship in Boston.

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