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Four Earn CSCAA Scholar All-American Honors; Team Honored for Academic Success

Four Earn CSCAA Scholar All-American Honors Springfield, Mass. - July 6, 2009 - Four members of the Springfield College women's swimming and diving team were recently selected as 2009 CSCAA Scholar All-American Honors by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

Divers Michelle Reggio and Meghan Kijanka were selected, while swimmers Moira Price and Kaitlin Reilly also earned the accolade.

As a team, the women's swimming and diving team was honored for their excellence in the classroom as a team. The squad, which had a cumulative grade point average of 3.40 last year, earned the distinction as a Scholar-Athlete Team in 2009. In all, 347 teams representing 238 colleges and universities earned the distinction based on a team GPA of 3.0 or higher. This year, the Pride finished in 12th place with 95 points at the NCAA's, its highest finish at the national event since it scored 99 points back in 1998-99.

Scholar All-Americans are selected on the basis of their performance in the pool and classroom. To be selected to the All-American team, swimmers or divers must qualify for the NCAA Championship meet and achieve a GPA of 3.50 or higher. Honorable Mention selections must achieve a NCAA consideration time and 3.50 or higher GPA.

Price, the three-time NEWMAC Women's Swimmer of the Year, finished third in the 200-yard breaststroke, 10th in the 100 breast, and 28th in the 50 free at the NCAA Championships. The senior also contributed to three relay teams, including the 400 medley relay, which finished ninth with a school-record time of 3:50.52. The 200 free relay finished 13th, and the 400 free relay finished 21st.

Reilly, who was selected as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, had a strong showing in her first trip to the NCAA Championships as she swam the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, and was a member of the 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley, and 400 medley relay teams.

On the diving boards, both Reggio and Kijanka saw a great deal of success this season. At the NCAA's, on the three-meter board Kijanka placed 10th out of 22 divers, while Reggio followed her with an 11th place finish as both earned Honorable Mention All-American honors. On the one-meter, Reggio was named an All-American in the diving competition as she placed seventh in the country, while Kijanka picked up Honorable Mention All-American honors as she finished in ninth.

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