Cambridge, Mass. -- February 18, 2012 -- The Springfield College women's swimming & diving team competed today and tonight in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference championships at MIT. When the events had been completed, MIT had won six of seven events and had a 137-point lead on second-place Springfield.
Team scores were as follows: MIT 681, Springfield 544, Wellesley 283, Coast Guard 252.5, Wheaton 240.5, Clark 164, Babson 128, WPI 112, Mount Holyoke 103, and Smith 95. There is one more day of competition.
Pride sophomore Kellie Pennington continues to be a star in this meet, setting yet another school record in her winning effort in the 100 fly. She swam an NCAA "A" cut time of 55.83 seconds in that event. It was the only event that MIT did not win.
In the 100 fly, SC finished 1-4-6-8-12. Placing fourth was senior Kaitlin Reilly in 57.74 seconds, an NCAA "B" cut time. Sophomore Kelsey Poole was sixth in 59.01, while junior Molly Potter was eighth in 1:00.03, and sophomore Kaitlin Simpson was 12th in 1:00.67.
Leading off the night time events was the 200-yard medley relay. The Pride finished second with a time of 1:46.99. Pennington anchored that team, which included Poole, senior Meghan Sisson, and Reilly as the first three swimmers.
In the 400-yard IM, junior Anna Woodward of SC placed seventh in 4:47.33. SC finished 7-9-10-12-13. Sophomore Katherine Batch was ninth in 4:44.54. Sisson was 10th in 4:46.23. Senior Laura Hartford was 12th in 4:46.70. And junior Bre Harrington was 13th in 4:48.04.
In the 200 free, SC placed 3-4-11. Leading that charge was senior Jaclyn Van Waalwijk in third at 1:55.54. Right behing her was senior Caroline Kosciusko in fourth in 1:56.20. And placing 11th was junior Amanda Shaw in 1:58.84.
Up next was the 100 breaststroke with SC having a good showing of 3-5-6. Junior Janelle Cuyler placed third with a time of 1:07.74. Sophomore Nicoll Stracqualursi was fifth in 1:08.01. And sophomore Tanya Roy was next in sixth in 1:08.10.
In the 100 backstroke, Poole placed fifth with a time of 59.53 seconds.
And finally in the 800 freestyle relay, the Pride foursome of Pennington, Kosciusko, Poole, and Van Waalwijk finished second in an NCAA "B" cut time of 7:43.04.