Cambridge, Mass. - February 20, 2009 - Senior All-American Moira Price won the 50 free and was a part of two relay teams that broke school records on the opening day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.
Springfield, which is in search of its ninth-straight NEWMAC title, scored 290 points on the first day of competition, while Wheaton (206) and MIT (201) wrapped up opening day in second and third, respectively.
Price teammed up with three freshman, Caroline Kosciusko, Jaclyn Van Waalwijk, and Kaitlin Reilly, in the 200 free relay, the first event in the evening's finals session. The Pride finished second with a time of 1:35.65, and were out-touched by Wheaton, whose relay squad finished in 1:35.21. Springfield's relay did set a new school record, shattering the old mark of 1:37.46 set in 2006. The squad did meet NCAA “B” cut standards.
The Pride had three of the top six finishers in the 500 freestyle, with Aimee Doe's second-place finish leading the way. Doe finished in 5:09.45, while Meghan Sisson recorded a fifth-place finish in 5:15.86 and Lianne Nihan followed in sixth in 5:17.55.
Megan Cooney touched second in the 200 I.M. with a time of 2:09.74, while teammate Meredith Trumbull finished seventh in 2:15.36.
Price followed with Springfield's lone individual win of the opening day as she clocked in a 23.71 in the 50 free, meeting NCAA 'A' Cut Standards in the event. Reilly also raced in the final and finished in fifth in 24.33, meeting NCAA 'B' Cut Standards.
The Pride's depth in the 1-meter diving finals was equally as impressive as Springfield had three of the top five finishers in the event. Michelle Reggio took second place with a score of 452.75, while Meghan Kijanka finished fourth (441.20) and Courtney Keefe finished fifth (418.15).
In the 400 medley relay, Springfield's 'A' team of Kallie Pottle, Price, Reilly, and Doe were sensational as they blew away the competition in a time of 3:54.95, winning by nearly three seconds. Once again, a new school record was set, this time besting the mark of 3:59.11 that was set last season.
1. Springfield - 290
2. Wheaton - 206
3. MIT - 201
4. Coast Guard - 139
5. Wellesley - 91
6. Clark - 86
7. WPI - 82
8. Babson - 67
9. Smith - 43
10. Mount Holyoke - 35