Thursday, February 15, 2018

HIGH 5 OF THE WEEK: Martin, Dantino part of NE-10 success for SCSU swimming and diving

Martin (SCSU athletics)
The Southern Connecticut State University women's swimming and diving team captured its second straight Northeast-10 championship and 12th in program history.
The men wrapped up their 13th championship, making it a clean sweep for the Owls.
What do the two teams have in common? Each had a local influence help achieve victory.
For the women, it was junior Lilly Martin, a former standout at St. Paul. She was one of four Owls to score points in the 200-yard breaststroke, and she had the best finish in fourth place. Martin finished the race in 2:25.03. 
(Note: Teammate Meaghan Spagnolo of Waterbury was eighth in the same event).
Martin was also part of the winning 400 medley relay team. She is part of the 2017 relay that owns the Northeast-10 record for the event. 
Martin was fifth in the 100 breaststroke and seventh in the 400 IM.
Dantino (SCSU athletics)

For the men, it was sophomore Drew Dantino, who hails from Sacred Heart. Dantino was solid for the Owls in the breaststroke events. He finished third in the 200 breaststroke and took fourth in the 100 breaststroke. Dantino finished the 200 breaststroke in 2:10.04 and completed the 100 breaststroke in 59.01 seconds.
Dantino also swam in the 200 and 400 medley relays and the 200 IM.
It was a double-banner effort for SCSU, and Martin and Dantino got to be right in the middle of it.

Knox (ECSU athletics)
Haley Knox, Eastern Connecticut State University
indoor track and field

The junior has experienced plenty of team success both with the Warriors and at Bristol Central in high school, and the winning continued this past weekend.
Knox teamed up with Samantha McKosky, Christina Gosselin and Laura Bresson to finish first in the New England Alliance 4x800-meter relay. The relay took the top spot in 10:07.94.
Knox also picked up a second place finish in the 1000 meters. She missed her program record by quarter-second, and she was less than a second behind the winner.
The event, held at the Providence Career and Technical Academy, was called the New England Alliance/Little East Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Next up for Knox and ECSU is the New England Division III Championships this weekend.

Jacob Collins, Eastern Connecticut State University basketball
Collins (ECSU athletics)

This senior from Bristol Central dealt with nagging injuries before his second full season with the Warriors.
In the last two games, Collins has had the chance to show what he can do, and he played a role in the clinching of a fifth straight Little East regular season title for ECSU. 
In wins over Plymouth State, Trinity and Keene State, Collins had nine, eight and seven points in double-digit minutes off the bench. 
Collins scored 17 points in the second half and overtime and was 8-of-10 shooting in a 101-99 loss to UMass-Dartmouth on Feb. 10. He also tallied three rebounds and two blocks in that game.
On Wednesday night at Western Connecticut State, Collins played 16 minutes and scored 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting in a 106-82 victory. He also had four rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Coach Bill Geitner had this to say about Collins before the season:
"A very god shooting forward, Jake has had some nagging injuries this preseason but we expect him to have a good year."
Collins has been getting good minutes off the bench, and he has delivered for the Warriors over the past two games. The former Bristol Central standout could become a big factor off the bench for ECSU in the postseason.

Wnuk (ECSU athletics)
Diana Wnuk, Eastern Connecticut State University basketball
The former Bristol Eastern standout got a chance to start for the first time in her career last Saturday, and the freshman delivered on the backboards for the Warriors.
Wnuk played 34 minutes in the 78-62 loss to UMass-Dartmouth, and she grabbed 10 rebounds and one steal. The minutes and rebounds were both career-highs for Wnuk.
Earlier this year, Wnuk showed her athleticism in back-to-back games. She notched three steals against Connecticut College on Jan. 30, then logged two more against UMass-Boston on Feb. 3. 
Wnuk has had a steal in five straight games for ECSU.

Statistics and information compiled from the team website of each athlete.

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