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McNall making a splash for St. Michael's

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With each powerful stroke, St. Michael's freshman swimmer Lindsay McNall creates waves. Ripple effects pushing her closer to a final destination. The depths of which the Purple Knights program has never reached.

"I'm a little surprised by the success I've had early on," McNall said. Competing with my teammates and being a part of meets has been awesome. I'm excited for the next one.

In just one semester of NCAA competition, McNall has jumped head first into the action. Re-writing the school's record books in the process.

"She's been very impressive," coach Eileen Hall said. "Lindsay has done an outstanding job thus far but I'm not going to say I'm suprised."

The Colchester native's rookie numbers are simply staggering. In 29 events, McNall has 22 wins, six second-place finishes and six school records. In everything from the butterfly, to the indiviudal medley and her favorite event, the 200-meter backstroke.

"Her backstroke is a force to be reckoned with," senior captain Julie Mullowney said. "I always try and stay clear because it's faster than my freestyle."

"I'm enjoying the records but I want to keep pushing myself by breaking them and getting faster," McNall said.

McNall said she had the chance to swim at other schools out of state but decided there was only one real choice, to goggle it up for the hometown Purple Knights.

"I looked around but in the end, St. Michael's was the best option," McNall said. "I've swam here all my life, my dad played basketball there, it was just the right fit."

While her current focus stands at NE-10 and NEISDA competition in February, the long-term is goal is the NCAA Championships. A site unseen for any Purple Knight swimmer.

"Looking at my times in the pool, I think one day I might have the chance to qualify for the NCAA Championships, which would be pretty cool," McNall said.

"I have no doubt in my mind that she has the talent to compete at that level one day," Hall said.

Whatever the future holds, right now we know this, few starts to a college career, have ever gone this swimmingly. In Colchester, Dylan Scott. Channel 3 Spotlight on Sports.

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