WELLESLEY, Mass. – February 18, 2007 -- Springfield College captured its seventh straight New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championship as a team on Sunday evening in Wellesley College's Chandler Pool. The Pride finished the three-day, 20-event meet with 812.5 points and seven first place finishes.
MIT, which had a slight 2 ½ point lead over Springfield after Day 2 of competition, finished second with a total of 717.5 team points. The rest of the point totals went as follows: Wellesley 621, Wheaton 602.5, Coast Guard 308.5, Babson 217, Clark 187, Smith 140, Mount Holyoke 125, and WPI 119.
Springfield's top finishers were the same athletes who have dominated their respective events all season long. Junior Emily Sheahan (Erin, N.Y.), and sophomores Kallie Pottle (Brewer, Me.) and Moira Price (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) accounted for all of the school’s championships in individual events. Each woman was also honored as a First Team All-Conference member.
Sheahan took the 1650-yard freestyle in a time of 17:45.79, while Pottle captured first in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:08.58. Both wins granted the swimmers NCAA "B" cuts in their respective events. Price set a new conference record in the 200-yard breaststroke with an NCAA "A" cut time of 2:20.95. Junior diver Melissa Nelson (Wallingford, Conn.) also had a great weekend, scoring a school record 455.75 points in the 1-meter diving, during the preliminaries of that event. Nelson broke the six-year old SC record of 442.50 points set in 2001 by Alison Mellage.
Wins by Pottle and Price marked their second of the weekend as Pottle won the 100-yard backstroke on Saturday evening, finishing in 1:00.46, and Price took top honors in the 100-yard breaststroke with an NCAA "B" cut time of 1:06.38. Pottle and Price continued their exceptional weekend as members of both the 400-yard medley relay and free relay teams, with times of 4:01.46 and 3:36.00 respectively. These times were good enough for two more event wins for Springfield College.
Other notable finishes from Springfield College athletes included sophomore Kristen Schadow (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) who finished second in the 400-yard IM (4:45.60) as well as third in the 200-yard fly (2:13.54), and senior Meaghan O'Hara (Bedford, N.H.) with a second place finish in the 200-yard backstroke (2:11.95), in addition to finishing third in the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.06), and first as a member of both the school's winning relay teams (400-medley, 400-free). Schadow was also on the winning 400-yard medley relay team.
In the diving events, Springfield has five women who have now qualified for consideration by a panel of coaches with the chance to go to the national championships. Sophomore Erin White (Glastonbury, Conn.) finished second in the 1-meter diving event with a final score of 443.65 points, and second in the 3-meter diving with a tally of 467.60 points. Senior Cara Loux (Stratford, Conn.) took third in the 1-meter, while Michelle Reggio (Brooklyn, N.Y.) took third in the 3-meter. Rounding out the final two Springfield divers with the opportunity to compete at nationals are Nelson and Natasha Skowronski (Adams, Mass.). The divers contributed a whopping 161 points to SC's team total.
This Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship marks Springfield's third conference title of the 2006-2007 season. The Pride also won the 2006 NEWMAC Championship in field hockey, and the 2006 Empire 8 Championship in football (shared with St. John Fisher).
A total of seven different SC swimmers and divers received all-conference honors.
Kallie Pottle – 4x (all first team)
Moira Price – 4x (all first team)
Meaghan O’Hara – 4x (2 first team, 2 second team)
Kristen Schadow – 3x (1 first team, 2 second team)
Emily Sheahan – 3x (1 first team, 2 second team)
Julianne McCormick – 2x (1 first team, 1 second team)
Erin White – 2x (both second team)
First Team ALL-NEWMAC (placing first in the NEWMAC Championships)
400 Medley Relay – 4:01.46 – Kallie Pottle, Moira Price, Kristen Schadow, Meaghan O’Hara
400 Free Relay – 3:36.00 – Meaghan O’Hara, Kallie Pottle, Julianne McCormick, Moira Price
100 Breast – 1:06.38 -- Moira Price
100 Back – 1:00.46 – Kallie Pottle
1650 Free – 17:45.79 – Emily Sheahan
200 Back – 2:08.58 – Kallie Pottle
200 Breast – 2:20.95 – Moira Price
Second Team ALL-NEWMAC (placing second in the NEWMAC Championships)
500 Free – 5:12.16 -- Emily Sheahan
1-Meter Dive – 443.65 pts. – Erin White
400 IM – 4:45.60 – Kristen Schadow
800 Free Relay -- 8:04.00 – E. Sheahan, J. McCormick, K. Schadow, M. O’Hara
200 Back – 2:11.95 – Meaghan O’Hara
3-Meter Dive – 467.60 pts. – Erin White