Cambridge, Mass. - February 22, 2009 - Paced by Swimmer of the Year Moira Price and Rookie of the Year Kaitlin Reilly, Springfield College raced to its ninth consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women’s swimming and diving championship on Sunday at MIT’s Zesiger Pool.
Wellesley senior Kate Sorenson was victorious on both boards during the weekend and was named NEWMAC Diver of the Year.
For Price, it was another accolade in her illustrious career as the senior was tabbed the top swimmer in the conference for the third-straight year.
NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year Moira Price, Diver of the Year Kate Sorenson, and Rookie of the Year, Kaitlin Reilly
During the last session, Megan Cooney and Price each secured NCAA “A” cuts while winning their respective individual events in meet record time. Conney split 2:04.37 to win the 200 back, while Price also set a NEWMAC open record with a clip of 2:16.42 in the 200 breast. With her time, Price re-set her school record, breaking her previous best time from last season by over a second.
Coast Guard authored a pair of First Team All-Conference performances as Kimberly Shadwick won for the third time on the weekend with a victory in the 1650 free. Heidi Gayman took top honors in the 100 free, while both competitors earned NCAA “B” cuts. MIT’s Jen Chao set a meet record en route to a four-second victory in the 200 fly.
Springfield also had three of the top five divers in the three-meter competition, with Michelle Reggio finishing second with a score of 483.95. She was followed by classmate Meghan Kijanka, who placed third with a 441.85, and teammate Courtney Keefe, who recorded a 412.10 for fifth place.
In the final race of the night, Springfield capped its historic run with a victory in the 400 free relay. The team of Reilly, Aimee Doe, Kallie Pottle, and Price split 3:32.56 in setting a new NEWMAC open and meet record. The Pride also set a new school record, breaking the previous record from 2006.
1. Springfield 872.5
2. MIT 660
3. Wheaton 640.5
4. Coast Guard 461
5. Clark 281
6. Wellesley 259
7. Babson 207
8. WPI 202.5
9. Smith 175.5
10. Mount Holyoke 88
NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year
Moira Price, Springfield
NEWMAC Diver of the Year
Kate Sorenson, Wellesley
NEWMAC Swimming and Diving Rookie of the Year
Kaitlin Reilly, Springfield