NORTON, Mass., February 25, 2007 - The Springfield College men's swimming and diving team finished with a score of 724.5 total points in the 2007 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships at Wheaton College, putting the Pride in third place and making this the ninth straight year that SC has finished among the top three in the conference championships.
The event was won by the Coast Guard Academy, as it successfully defended its 2006 crown with a score of 990.5 total team points at Balfour Natatorium. MIT finished second with a final score of 856 points.
The three top teams separated themselves from the pack early and essentially turned the championship weekend into a three-horse race. The next highest total score came from WPI (406), making them the fourth-place finisher. The rest of the point totals went as follows: Babson 298, Clark 273, and Wheaton 231.
A solid SC performance was headed by junior Roy Burch (Warwick, Bermuda), who placed in the top three on four separate occasions. The highlight of the weekend for Burch was his victory in the 100 free, which he won with a time of 46.05 second. Burch’s win in the event qualified him for the Division III National Championships which will be held in Houston, Texas, from March 15-18. Burch also finished second in the 50 free (20.96), and was a leg on the 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay teams which finished second and third, respectively.
Also on both relay teams was freshman Matt Manoni and sophomore Greg Pearsall (Litchfield, Conn.). Senior captains Ryan Mahoney (Westford, Mass.) and Paul McCloskey (Brookfield, Conn.) also contributed to the successes in the relay events, with Mahoney swimming on the third-place medley team and McCloskey on the freestyle team which finished second.
In the 800 freestyle relay, the Pride took third with a group that included Paul McCloskey, Greg Pearsall, Anthony Bruno (Southbury, Conn.), and Chris LeCompte (Londonderry, N.H.). A busy weekend for McCloskey also included a second-place finish in the 200 free (25.98), and a time of 16:34.69 in the 1,650 free earned him third in the event.
SC’s top diver was freshman Jonathon Alberghini (Cumberland, Me.) who placed in the top three in both of his events. Alberghini took second in the one-meter dive with a final score of 424.10 and third in the three-meter dive with a tally of 413.95.