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Women's Swimming and Diving Wins Sixth Consecutive NEWMAC Championship

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., February 19, 2006 - Springfield College senior All-American Sarah Strout (Boothbay, Maine) capped off Sunday's action with a NEWMAC Championship record and NCAA automatic qualifying time of 17:18.62 in the 1,650 freestyle event as the Pride won its sixth-straight NEWMAC Championship crown, hosted by MIT.

SC blew away the competition on the weekend, compiling a total of 908 team points. MIT finished in a distant second with just 687 team points, as Wellesley rounded out the top three with 541.5 points.

Other event winners for the Pride during Sunday's competition included freshman Moira Price (Berkeley Heights, N.J.), as she took the 200 breast event with a time of 2:24.80, and SC's 400 freestyle relay team, which set a NEWMAC Championship and Zesiger Pool record with a time of 3:33.79. The Pride's 400 free squad consisted of junior Meaghan O'Hara (Bedford, N.H.), Price, junior Julianne McCormick (East Walpole, Mass.), and senior tri-captain Emily Phillips (North Windham, Conn.).

Team Standings
1. Springfield 908
2. MIT 687
3. Wellesley 541.5
4. Wheaton 400
5. Mount Holyoke 319
6. Coast Guard 284.5
7. Smith 270
8. Babson 198
9. WPI 142
10. Clark 125

Saturday's Event Winners/First Team All-Conference
200 Medley Relay MIT 1:50.45
(Julianna Edwards, Kate Thornton, Nicole O’Keeffe, Stephanie Sidelko)
400 IM Nicole O’Keeffe (MIT) 4:34.96*
100 Fly Meg Lynch (Babson) 58.50*
200 Free Sasha Brophy (MIT) 1:54.32
100 Breast Moira Price (Springfield) 1:07.52
100 Back Julianna Edwards (MIT) 1:00.28
800 Free Relay Springfield 7:47.64
(Emily Sheahan, Meaghan O’Hara, Sarah Strout, Emily Phillips)

* - New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship record

Sunday’s Event Winners/First Team All-Conference
1650 Free Sarah Strout (Springfield) 17:18.62*^
200 Back Julianna Edwards (MIT) 2:07.46
100 Free Sasha Brophy (MIT) 53.41
200 Breast Moira Price (Springfield) 2:24.80
200 Fly Meg Lynch (Babson) 2:09.23*
Three-Meter Diving Shanti Freitas (Smith) 487.80
400 Free Relay Springfield 3:33.79*#
(Meaghan O’Hara, Moira Price, Julianne McCormick, Emily Phillips)

* - New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship record
# - Zesiger Pool record
^ - NCAA automatic qualification

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