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b>NEW LONDON, Conn., Jan. 29, 2005 – Led by senior All-American Megan Skinner (Acton, Mass.), the Springfield College women’s swimming and diving team knocked off Coast Guard 131-103, Saturday.

Skinner swam to first place in both the 200 individual medley (2:19.03) and 500 free. Her time of 5:15.06 broke the Coast Guard pool record of 5:15.72 that she set in 2003.

Seniors Lauren Van Laethem (North Reading, Mass.) and Emily Strout (Edgecomb, Maine) teamed with juniors Emily Phillips (North Windham, Conn.) and Alicia Hart (West Hartford, Conn.) to capture first place in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:00.39.

Other first-place finishes for the Pride included Emily Sheahan (Erin, N.Y.) in the 1,000 free (10:55.60) and sophomore Meaghan O’Hara (Bedford, N.H.) in the 200 back (2:14.88)

SC swept the top-two places in both the diving events as Andrea Babcock (Wayland, Mass.) won the one-meter competition (250.58) and freshman Dana Allen (Agawam, Mass.) won on the three meter (251.85).

On the men’s side, the 400-free relay team of seniors Louis Arruda (West Warwick, R.I) and Blake Leshnick (Suffern, N.Y.), sophomore Chris LeCompte (Londonderry, N.H.) and freshman Roy Burch (Warwick, Bermuda) came out victorious in the last race of the meet to give SC a 125-118 win over Coast Guard.

Arruda and Burch also posted individual first-place finishes. Arruda won the 200 butterfly in (1:58.73) and Burch in the 50 free (21.76).

Junior All-American Mike Shaw (Westfield, Mass.) captured first place in both the one- and three-meter diving competitions with scores of 303.53 and 301.81, respectively.
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