The Pride will be sending four swimmers and two divers to the national championship after strong performances at the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championship in late February.
Seniors Kaitlin Reilly, Caroline Kosciusko, and Jaclyn Van Waalwijk will wrap up their illustrious careers in the pool with one final trip to the national meet. They will be joined by sophomore Kellie Pennington, who was named NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year for the second straight year in a row this season.
Pennington will enter the meet seeded first in the 50 yard freestyle event with a time of 23.09 and is also the top-ranked swimmer in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 49.94. In the 100 yard butterfly, Pennington will enter as the seventh seed with a qualifying time of 55.83. Reilly will also be swimming the 100 fly as she qualified with a time of 57.74.
Reilly, Kosciusko, Van Waalwijk and Pennington will team up to race in four relays over the weekend. The squad will enter the 200 yard freestyle relay team as the 11th seed with a qualifying time of 1:35.26 and the 400 yard freestyle relay team as the 13th seed with a time of 3:30.52. Springfield will also race in two other relays after qualifying in the 800 freestyle relay (7:42.32) and the 200 medley relay (1:46.99).
The Pride will also be sending two divers to the championship, sophomore Jennifer Thompson and senior Courtney Keefe. Both divers will be returning to the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row. Last year, Thompson earned All-America Honors in both the one-meter and three-meter events, with a sixth-place finish and fourth-place finish respectively. Keefe also received All-America Honors in the one-meter event with a fifth place finish and an All-American Honorable Mention, taking 13th place.