Northeast-10 Conference Honors Assumption Swimming and Diving Student, Coach
Assumption College freshman swimmer Libby Gajewski of Biddeford, Maine, has been honored as the Northeast-10 Conference Rookie of the Year, as voted by the league’s head coaches. In addition, head coach Stuart Cromarty has been named the Northeast-10 Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year for guiding the team to the 2014 Northeast-10 Conference Championship.
Gajewski becomes the second Assumption swimmer to earn Rookie of the Year honors as she joins teammate Monique Haney of Rialto, Calif., who captured the award in 2011. Highlighting her season was a Northeast-10 Conference individual title in the 200 freestyle as she captured the event in a school-record time of 1:55.69. Her other individual showings at the Northeast-10 Championship included a runner-up finish in the 100 freestyle and a sixth-place showing in the 50 freestyle. In the prelims of both events, Gajewski recorded the fastest time in school history by a freshman as she swam 24.90 in the 50 free prelims and 53.90 in the 100 free prelims.
In addition to the individual showings at the league meet, she was also part of four relay teams that placed among the top two to help lead the team to the conference championship. Gajewski led off the 200 freestyle relay that won the first event of the championship and also swam the third leg in the victorious 800 freestyle relay. She also anchored the runner-up 400 medley team and led off the 400 freestyle relay team that placed second by just .01 seconds in the final event of the meet.
Cromarty earns his first Northeast-10 Women’s Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year Award after guiding the Hounds to the 2014 Northeast-10 Championship in the team’s seventh year of existence. Snapping an 11-year winning streak by Southern Connecticut, the Hounds captured the title by a 134-point margin. The team won six individual championships and three relay titles, en route to 818 points over the four-day meet. Assumption was chosen second in the league’s pre-championship poll following a third-place finish in the 2013 Northeast-10 Championship. Cromarty also guided the Hounds to the 2014 Worcester City Championship, the second straight for the program.
Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College