June 06, 2020
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Husson swimmer breaks freestyle records at championship meet

Seth Koenig | BDN
Seth Koenig | BDN
Husson University

Steven Johnston of Husson University established a Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship meet record Sunday in the 50-yard freestyle on the final day of the event at Simmons College in Boston.

Johnston, who swam for Hermon High School, turned in a 21.56-second performance in Sunday’s 50 free finals. He had qualified at 21.84 in the trials and then won the finals race by a second.

Johnston then closed out the day by winning the 50 backstroke in 25.58 seconds. In Saturday’s finals, the freshman won his first individual GNAC gold with a 47.65 effort in the 100 free.

Johnston helped the Husson men finish third with 119 points behind champion Norwich (317) and runner-up Regis (171).

The Eagles opened the conference meet Friday with an impressive win in the 200 free relay as Johnston, Dan Egan, Tom Cote and Joe Vail swam a 1:32.5, nearly a second ahead of second-place Regis. Johnston swam a then-school record 21.7 in the leadoff leg, then Vail, Egan and Cote all recorded season bests.

Vail, Cote, Egan and Johnston also established Eagle records in the 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay. Vail placed third overall in the 400 IM and in the 200 back. Cote placed third in the 200 butterfly, while Egan scored in the finals in the 50 free and the 50 breaststroke.

During Sunday’s closing ceremony, Johnston, Egan, Cote and Vail were named to the GNAC All-Conference team.

Adam Colter placed seventh for the Eagles in the 1,000 free on Friday.

In the women’s competition, Erin Aucoin set Husson records in the 500 free (5:32.8) and in the 1000 free (11:44.1).

Aucoin, Maddie Wing, Ashley Clark and Kayla Redman placed third in the 800 free relay. Freshman Ava Emery, who swam at Washington Academy in East Machias, scored in the finals in the 50 fly, the 200 breaststroke and the 100 fly.

Simmons won the team title with 1,196 points, and Regis took second with 669, while the Eagles (287.5) finished fifth.

On Friday, the medley relay of Wing, Kassidy Harris, Ava Emery and Aucoin nabbed fourth at 2:02. Husson’s 200 free relay of Jelena Graef, Redman, Clark and Wing placed sixth.

Aucoin set a school record in the 1,000 free (11:44.1) and wound up eighth.


Correction: An earlier version of this report misstated what high school Steven Johnston attended.

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