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Springfield Leads NEWMAC Women's Swimming and Diving Championships After Day 1

WELLESLEY, Mass. – February 22, 2008) -- Day one (of three) of the 2008 New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships saw two conference records broken as well as several NCAA cut times surpassed.

After six events, Springfield led with a score of 234 points, folowed by MIT with 209.5, Wheaton with 184, Wellesley (153.5), Coast Guard (118), Smith (89), Babson (86), Clark (60), WPI (56), and Mount Holyoke (50).

Springfield is aiming for its eighth straight NEWMAC Women's Swimming & Diving title.

In the 200-free relay, the Wheaton College team of Abby Pratt (Melrose, Mass.), Meg Miller (Duxbury, Mass.), Dania Piscetta (Belmont, N.H.), and Nicole Zais (Sudbury, Mass.) took first place in a time of 1:38.44, earning the foursome first-team All-Conference honors.

In the 500-free, MIT’s Sasha Brophy (Cupertino, Calif.) swam a 5:06.50 to take first place while in the 200-IM, Babson’s Meg Lynch (Holden, Mass.) earned first-team honors with a 2:09.86.

Springfield junior Moira Price (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) earned an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 50-freestyle. Her time of 23.69 also set a new conference record, besting the mark set last year by Wellesley’s Savanna Johnson (Bloomington, Ind.). Six other competitors earned NCAA “B” cut times in the event, including Wheaton’s Pratt, Coast Guard’s Joan Hunter (Warren, Pa.), MIT’s Amy Jacobi (Cranbury, N.J.), Babson’s Mia Filippini (Lake Forest, Ill.), and Johnson and Cathy Poon (McLean, Va.) of Wellesley.

In the one-meter diving finals, Doria Holbrook (Yakima, Wash.), the 2007 NCAA Division III Runner-Up, repeated as NEWMAC Champion with a score of 517.45. Her point total breaks her previous NEWMAC record of 513.65, set at last year’s championships.

Also making a strong showing in the one-meter event, Smith’s Shanti Freitas (Evanston, Ill.) placed second with an NCAA top-10 score of 473.85.

But Springfield scored 56 points in that one event by finishing 3-4-6-7, led by Erin White.

Rounding out the day’s action, Wheaton took first place in the 400-medley relay. The team, composed of Iris Meehan (Bar Harbor, Maine), Emily Sweatt (Portland, Maine), Piscetta and Pratt, swam a 3:58.19, which is one of the top-10 times in the nation. Springfield finished second.

Tomorrow’s first session begins at 11:00 a.m. with the prelims of the 200-medley relay, the 100-free, the 200-breast, the 200-fly, the 400-free relay and the 1650-free. The trials of the 3-meter diving event will begin at 1:30pm while finals for the day’s events will begin at 6:30 pm.

For complete day one results, please visit: http://www.wellesley.edu/athletics/swimming/newmac

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