Women's Swimming Is Second At F&M Invitational
, Dec. 7, 2003-- The Springfield College women's swimming team turned in an impressive second-place finish in the eight-team field in the Franklin & Marshall Invitational last weekend.
Junior All-American Megan Skinner (Acton, Mass.)
had a huge weekend. She recorded victories in three individual events: 500 freestyle at (5:11.28), 100 backstroke (59.44), and 200 backstroke (2:06.25), and swam legs on three first-place relays. In the 200 backstroke, she beat two-time defending national champion Krystle Satrum of F&M and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships. SC sophomore Sarah Strout (Edgecomb, Maine)
placed first in two events, winning the 1,650 freestyle (17:54.15) and 1,000 freestyle (10:51.09).
The Pride also won three relays. Senior Jessica Defoe (Monson, Mass.)
, senior Marybeth Kuliga (Sandford, Maine)
, Skinner and Strout won the 800 freestyle relay at (7:57.51). The team of Defoe, Skinner, sophomore Alicia Hart (West Hartford, Conn.)
and sophomore Emily Phillips (North Windham, Conn.)
emerged victorious in the 400 freestyle relay (3:37.79). Skinner, Defoe, Hart and senior Beth Byron (Haverhill, Mass.)
also recorded a victory in the 400 medley relay (4:03.64).
The SC men were equally impressive, also placing second out of eight teams.
Junior Jeff Doornweerd (Meriden, Conn.)
won two individual events: the 50 freestyle (21.64) and 100 freestyle (47.57). Junior Louis Arruda (West Warrick, R.I.)
finished first in the 200 free (1:43.02) and 500 free (4:44.37), while sophomore Dan Moran (Wilbraham, Mass.)
won the 200 butterfly (1:54.61) as well as the 1,000 free (9:51.95).
SC also took first place in two relays. Doornweerd, Arruda, junior Blake Leshnick (Suffern, N.Y.)
and freshman Ryan Mahoney (Westford, Mass.)
rolled in the 200 free relay (1:26.42). In the 400 freestyle, the same team (3:12.02) swam to a win.
Franklin & Marshall Invitational
Women's Team Scores
1. Mary Washington College- 1,455.50
2. Springfield College- 1,284.50
3. Franklin And Marshall- 1,061
4. Gettysburg College- 941
5. Ithaca College- 872
6. McDaniel College- 551
7. Saint Mary's College- 496
8. Millersville University- 234
9. Elizabethtown College- 107
10. Juniata College- 32
Men's Team Scores
1. Mary Washington College- 1,632
2. Springfield College- 1,200
3. Ithaca College- 1,142
4. Gettysburg College- 958.50
5. Washington & Lee University- 793.50
6. Franklin And Marshall- 575.50
7. McDaniel College- 340.50
8. Saint Mary's College- 111
Head Coach John Taffe
John Taffe enters his 25th season in 2013-2014 as the head coach of the men's and women's swimming teams at Springfield College. Under Taffe’s leadership, the Pride has returned to its status as one of the best collegiate swimming and diving programs in Division III.Read more
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| Phone: 413.748.3169
Diving Coach Peter Avdoulos
Peter Avdoulos is regarded as one of the top diving coaches in the nation, and is entering his 29th season as the diving coach for both the men's and women's programs in 2013-2014. The current NEWMAC Men's and Women's Diving Coach of the Year, Avdoulos has coached countless All-New England and All-American divers, as well as several National Champions. Read more
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| Phone: 413.748.3445