Ithaca, N.Y. – December 7, 2013 - The Springfield College women’s swimming & diving team opened up day two of the Bomber Invitational, hosted by Ithaca College and received first-place points from freshman Christiana Greco (Wilbraham, Mass.) in the 100 fly.
As a team, the Pride is second among the 12 teams competing with 745 points. Cornell is leading the competition with 1,541 points, followed by Springfield, SUNY Geneseo (728.5), Ithaca (555.5), and Shippensburg (519.5) rounding out the top five.
Greco was the first winner for Springfield through two days of competition. The freshman won with an NCAA B-cut qualifying time of 57.37.
The 200 free relay team of Kellie Pennington (Monson, Mass.), Mary Masayda (Watertown, Conn.), Callie Phillips (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Delaney Dyjak (Ludlow, Mass.) swam to a third place finish in 1:37.23 in the day’s first event.
Individually, Pennington earned a third place finish in the 200 free with a NCAA "B" cut time of 1:53.27. Also placing top 10 in the event were Phillips with a seventh place finish in 1:56.31 and Ashley Monroe (Southbury, Conn.) who took ninth in 1:57.71.
Phillips also finished sixth overall in the 400 IM with a time of 4:37.70, Greco took eighth in the 200 fly in 2:15.10, and Poole placed eighth in the 100 back after touching in 1:00.04
The 400 medley relay team of Kelsey Poole (Westfield, Mass.), Emily Medeiros (Wakefield, Mass.), Greco and Pennington swam to a second place finish with a time of 3:55.48.
On the three-meter board Morgan Kitzmiller (Dover, Pa.) was the runner-up after producing a national-qualifying score of 436.30. Teammate Melanie Avdolous (East Longmeadow, Mass.) finished the event with 413.30 points to finish sixth as she also reached national-qualifying standards.
In the 100 breast, Springfield had three of the top seven times, all of which met NCAA "B" cut standards. Pennington leading the way with a second-place time of 1:05.14, with Medeiros right behind her in third with a 1:05.76, while Nicolle Stracqualursi (Dedham, Mass.) posted a 1:07.50 to take seventh.
The Pride wrapped up the day with a great showing in the 800 free relay as Phillips, Poole, Monroe, and Pennington combined to swim a 7:43.28 to place second.