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Blakesley and Fitzgerald Earn NEWMAC Weekly Honors

Blakesley and Fitzgerald Earn NEWMAC Weekly Honors Springfield, Mass. - November 23, 2009 - The duo of Andrew Blakesley and Matt Fitzgerald led the Springfield men's swimming and diving team to three victories over the weekend and were honored by the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) for their efforts. Blakesley was named the NEWMAC Swimmer of the Week, while Fitzgerald earned NEWMAC Diver of the Week honors.

Blakesley, a local product from West Springfield, Mass. had a very strong weekend for the Pride as it defeated Keene State, Wheaton, and Middlebury. In Saturday's tri-meet, he was victorious in the 200 free with a time of 1:45.5, and also took home first place honors in the 100 free (47:39), and the 500 free (4:52.22). At Middlebury on Sunday, Blakesley was victorious in the 200 IM (2:03.20) and the 500 free (5:04.55).

Fitzgerald had a tremendous weekend for Springfield as he helped Springfield its three victories. In the tri-meet with the Owls and Lyons on Saturday, the Pelham, N.H. native won the one-meter by scoring 264.80 points and the three-meter with national-qualifying score of 287.05 points. The next day, the senior swept the diving competition with wins in the three-meter (287.33) and the one-meter (258.00). His performance on the three-meter once again met national qualifying standards.

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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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