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March 18, 2013

Women's swimming: Lessard finally makes it to big stage

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"It's much easier during the year when you have your teammates to push you, so we've had to use the clock as more of a benchmark in terms of gauging where we are with things," Foley said.

No matter what happens at nationals, though, Lessard's senior season leading up to her final meet will be one to remember.

Banner season

Individually, she was named Landmark Conference Female Swimmer of the Year, the third consecutive year she has earned the honor. She won the 200- and 400-yard IM races, as well as the 200-yard butterfly, at the conference's championship meet.

Her team also had another successful year, winning the conference for the third consecutive season. At the conference championship meet, the Crusaders took first in all five relay races, in four of which Lessard swam.

"To be completely honest, my senior year has been picture-perfect," Lessard said.

"It was just perfect, and not in the way that we got everything, but it's just that we had worked so hard and it all paid off...(to) get told I'm going to nationals finally -- that's just icing on the cake."

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