Providence Swimmers Finish 11th at Big East Championships

Pitt men and Notre Dame women are champs.

Feb. 21, 1998

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College Swimming Teams both placed 11th at the BIG EAST Championship held at Pittsburgh, PA, February 18-21. The University of Pittsburgh men and the University of Notre Dame women captured the 1998 crowns. The men scored 126 points while the women tallied 83 points.

Junior Jed Michnowicz led the Friars breaking four individual records and helping two medley relays to new school records. Senior Kurt Yates also broke two school records - the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Michnowicz broke four of his own records including a 1:52.39 mark in the 200 back, a 45.98 mark in the 100 free, a 1:40.92 mark in the 200 free, and a 4:29.11 mark in the 500 free. The junior also helped the 200 and 400 medley relays to school records. Yates, had the meet of his life as he broke three and four-year old school records. For his efforts, he was named Providence College Male Athlete of the Week.

Michnowicz placed 4th overall in the 500 free which was the best finish by a Friar athlete in more than 10 years. He also recorded a sixth place finish in the 200 free.

Senior Shannon Najjar recorded a personal best in the 200 fly as she finsihed 14th overall with a time of 2:08.93. The women's 800 Free-Relay finished eighth overall while the 400 Free-Relay finished ninth best.

The following is the list of finishers for Providence College.


Providence College Finishers

       EVENT     PLACE          NAME        TIME
Women Senior 200 Back   13     Carla Clemente  2:08.07
Men Senior   200 Back 11      Jed Michnowicz  1:52.39 (school record)
Men Senior   200 Breast   10  Kurt Yates      2:05.31 (school record)
Women Senior 200 Fly    14    Shannon Najjar  2:08.93
Men Senior   200 Fly  15      Steven Brown    1:53.81
Women Senior 400 R-Free9       Lori Cosman 3:33.77
            Karen Cardwell
            Jennifer Alger
            Kierstin Newell

Men Senior 400 R-Free   12  Jed Michnowicz  3:10.78 (school record)
            Michael Frenza  
            Josh Donahue
            Steven Brown

Men Senior 100 Back 17  Sean Connell    53.58
Women Senior 100 Back   17  Carla Clemente  1:00.00
Women Senior 100 Back   24  Jane Thompson   1:01.28
Women Senior 100 Back   27  M. Hackmer  1:01.65
Women Senior 100 Back   31  Meghan Robinson 1:02.74
Women Senior 100 Back   35  Maggie Singler  1:03.46
Men Senior 100 Breast   11  Kurt Yates      57.85 (school record)
Men Senior 100 Breast   32  Kevin Kosiorek  1:02.22
Men Senior 400 R-Medley 8   Sean Connell    3:27.02 (school record)
            Steven Brown
            Kurt Yates
            Jed Michnowicz
Men Senior 100 Fly      16  Steven Brown    52.32
Men Senior 200 Free 6   Jed Michnowicz  1:40.92 (school record)
Women Senior 800 R-Free 9   Lori Cosman 7:48.52
            Karen Cardwell  
            Carla Clemente
            Kierstin Newell
Men Senior 800 R-Free   11  Steven Brown    7:00.86
            Michael Frenza
            Kevin Reeder
            Jed Michnowicz
Men Senior 500 Free 4   Jed Michnowicz  4:29.11 (school record)
Women Senior 50 Free    32  Kierstin Newell 25.26
Women Senior 50 Free    51  Kathleen Kelly  26.18
Women Senior 400    
       R-Medley     11  Carla Clemente  4:01.29
            Shannon Najjar
            Karen Caldwell
            Kathleen Newell
Men Senior 400 R-Medley 8   Sean Connell    3:27.02 (School Record)
            Steven Brown
            Kurt Yates
            Jed Michnowicz
Men Senior 200 R-Medley 7   Sean Connell    1:35.11
            Steven Brown
            Kurt Yates
            Jed Michnowicz
Women Senior 200 
        R-Medley        11      Jane Thompson       1:50.32
                    Maggie Singler
                    Karen Cardwell
                    Carla Clemente

Womens' 3 Meter     30      April Amoroso       209.65
Womens' 1 Meter     32      April Amoroso       172.95

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