Fourteen pirates named All-BIG EAST

NEW YORK – Fourteen members of Seton Hall’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have earned All-BIG EAST accolades, the conference office announced Wednesday. To qualify, BIG EAST competitors must finish in the top three of any individual or relay event at the Championships.

Of the 14 Pirates honored, nine belonged to the men’s team while five belonged to the women’s team. Eleven swimmers from The Hall have won multiple events.

Senior Ben LaClair (Belchertown, Massachusetts) and junior Ross Pantano (Bennington, Neb.) led the Pirates with five all-conference honors apiece. On the women’s side, the 200 free and 400 free relay teams made up of Natalie Heim (Middletown, New Jersey), Leiya Istanbuli (Danbury, Connecticut), Cornelia Jerresand (Taeby, Sweden) and Josie McCartney (Verona, Wisconsin) were each multi-event winners.

A total of five Pirates have been crowned BIG EAST Champions. The Pirates also set four new school records while earning two NCAA qualifying times. The men’s 200 medley relay team from Pantano, Gennarino Conzemius (Bethel Park, Pennsylvania), Justin Oosterwyk (Pequannock, NJ) and Thomas Minar (Oxford, Connecticut) combined to hit the wall first in a school record time of 1:27.89. Oosterwyk would then place first in the 100 Fly with a personal best 47.75, as the Pirates have now won first place in the event in four consecutive conference championships.

The women’s 200 freestyle relay team of McCartney, Heim, Istambouli and Jerresand broke the program record with a time of 1:33.17. Closing the championships strong on day four was a freshman Sean Vizzard (Mount Laurel, NJ), who in his first BIG EAST Championships, won the 1650 Free with an NCAA B qualifying time of 15:08.48. That time would break the 28-year-old Pirates record in that event, while its 1,000-yard division would also set a school record at 9:10.03.

In the 200 backstroke, Pantano would clinch a second-place finish with a personal best 1:44.32, good enough for a second NCAA B qualifying time for The Hall. On the planks, Quinn Murtha (Cumming, Georgia)placed second for the Pirates in 3M diving with a score of 555.75 over 12 dives.

Gennarino Conzemius (200 QN relay, 400 QN relay)
Ben LaClair (100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay)
Gideon Langenbusch (400 free relays, 800 free relays)
Thomas Miner (50 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 800 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay)
Quinn Murtha (3M Diving)
Justin Oosterwyk (100 butterfly, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay)
Ross Pantano (100 backstroke, 200 backstroke, 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay)
Gaye Ryan (Relay 800 free)
Sean Vizzard (500 free, 1650 free)

Sierra Cripps (200 Fly)
Nathalie Heim (200 free relays, 400 free relays)
Leiya Istanbul (200 free relays, 400 free relays)
Cornelia Jerresand (200 free relays, 400 free relays)
Josie McCartney (200 free relays, 400 free relays)

The Pirates also set 34 new top 10s. Among those who set new best times were Madeleine Bachand (Raleigh, North Carolina), Nicole Bastian (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)Cripps, Heidi Dickson (Greenwich, New Jersey), Madeline Field (Wheaton, Ill.), Sarah Frie (Waterford, Virginia), Catherine Horner (Lancaster, Pennsylvania)McCartney, Lea Moeller (New Lenox, Ill.), Meredith Mutter (Pottstown, PA), Lauren Schofield (Clark Summit, PA) and Amanda Zajdzinski (Mesa, Arizona) for women. On the men’s side, Conzemius, Minar, Oosterwyk, Pantano and Vizzard all set new best times.

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