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NEWMAC Bestows Major Awards to Springfield Swimming & Diving Individuals

NEWMAC Bestows Major Awards to Springfield Swimming & Diving Individuals Babson Park, Mass. -- February 29, 2012 -- Springfield College swimming & diving teams recently received four major awards as bestowed by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference. The awards include Coach of the Year (twice to the same individual) and two more Athletes of the Year.

Peter Avdoulos, the diving coach at Springfield College, was honored twice. He was named the NEWMAC Men's Diving Coach of the Year, as well as the NEWMAC Women's Diving Coach of the Year for the 2011-12 season. He has earned the NEWMAC Men's Diving Coach of the Year award nine times, including the last five in a row. He has coached 10 NEWMAC Men's Divers of the Year.

Avdoulos has also won the NEWMAC Women's Coach of the Year award four times, and has coached three NEWMAC Women's Divers of the Year.

Continuing in the world of diving, SC junior Kenny Pancoast (Monroe, Conn.) has been named this year's NEWMAC Men's Diver of the Year. He captured the one-meter diving event at the NEWMAC Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at MIT to complete a sweep of the diving events. Pancoast scored an NCAA A cut mark of 531.95 in the one-meter. Pancoast totaled 505.35 to claim his first conference title in the three-meter two days prior.

Finally, sophomore Kellie Pennington (Monson, Mass.) has been named the NEWMAC Women's Swimmer of the Year for the second year in a row. On the third day of the championships, she turned in one of the most impressive performances of the meet in the women’s 100 freestyle. She broke her own NEWMAC meet, open, and school record with an NCAA A cut effort of 49.94, breaking the magic "50-second barrier" for the first time in NEWMAC and Springfield College history. It was Pennington’s third individual win of the championships.

On the first day of the championships, Pennington took home the 50 free title, turning in a meet record time of 23.09, breaking her own mark set last year. Pennington’s time was also an NCAA A cut and re-established her school record.

On the second day of the meet, Kellie Pennington continued to be a star, setting yet another school record in her winning effort in the 100 fly. She swam an NCAA "A" cut time of 55.83 seconds in that event.

Overall, Pennington also contributed to three additional winning relays, and one more relay in which the team placed second.

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Head Coach John Taffe

John Taffe John Taffe enters his 25th season in 2013-2014 as the head coach of the men's and women's swimming teams at Springfield College. Under Taffe’s leadership, the Pride has returned to its status as one of the best collegiate swimming and diving programs in Division III. Read more.

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Diving Coach Peter Avdoulos

Peter Avdoulos Peter Avdoulos is regarded as one of the top diving coaches in the nation, and will enter his 29th season as the diving coach for both the men's and women's programs in 2013-2014. The current NEWMAC Women's and Men's Diving Coach of the Year, Avdoulos has coached countless All-New England and All-American divers, as well as several National Champions. Read more.

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