NORTON, Mass., February 26, 2006 - Springfield College senior All-American Mike Shaw (Westfield, Mass.) won both the one- and three-meter diving competitions, compiling scores of 508.70 and 521.55, respectively, as the Pride finished second out of seven New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) teams at this weekend's (Feb. 24-26) NEWMAC Championships hosted by Wheaton College.
Shaw concluded his illustrious four-year NEWMAC Championship career by sweeping both boards, as the senior has captured all eight platform titles in his four years at SC. His two scores of 508.70 and 521.55 in the one- and three-meter events both met NCAA Division III National Championship automatic qualifying standards.
The Pride totaled 798 total team points in the three-day event to capture second. The Coast Guard Academy ran away with the team title, recording a total of 908 team points. MIT rounded out the top three with 784.5 total team points throughout the championship weekend.
Senior All-American Dan Moran (Wilbraham, Mass.) was the other first-place finisher for SC besides Shaw, as he won the 200 butterfly event with an NCAA Division III National Championship provisional qualifying time of 1:53.63. Moran also earned All-Conference honors in the 500 freestyle, finished second with another provisional qualifying pace of 4:39.72.
Other members of the Pride which came away with All-Conference nods after the weekend included sophomore All-American Roy Burch (Warwick, Bermuda), with second-place finishes in the 50 free (20.81), 100 free (45.94), and 100 back (52.78), sophomore Ben Casavant (Acton, Mass.) in the one- (426.10) and three-meter (467.00) dive, junior Paul McCloskey (Brookfield, Conn.) in the 200 freestyle (1:43.22), junior Ryan Mahoney (Westford, Mass.) in the 100 breast (59.43), and sophomore Justin Zook (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) in the 200 back (1:58.74).
SC will next be at the NCAA Division III Championships from Tuesday, March 14, to Sunday, March 19, at the University of Minnesota.
Final Team Standings:
1. Coast Guard Academy 908 points
2. Springfield College 798 points
3. MIT 784.5 points
4. Wheaton College 439.5 points
5. WPI 390 points
6. Clark University 259 points
7. Babson College 234 points