Cambridge, Mass. - February 17, 2013 - The Springfield College women's swimming and diving team wrapped up the three-day New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Sunday placing second among the 10 teams competing.
MIT captured its third-straight conference title with 1,021 points, while the Pride took second for the third-consecutive season with with 740 points, Wellesley College place third (457), Coast Guard took fourth (358) and Mount Holyoke College rounded out the top-5 with 286 points. Wheaton finished ahead of Clark University (213), WPI (212), Smith College (180) and Babson College (145).
For the third-straight year, junior Kellie Pennington was chosen as the NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year. On Sunday, she repeated as the 100 free champion in 51.31 for her second individual win of the weekend as she previously defended her title in the 50 free.
After sweeping the diving events, Jennifer Thompson became the first Springfield College women's diver to earn NEWMAC Diver of the Year accolade since Sara Tremblay was honored in 2004. The junior won the one-meter with a school record score of 487.20 after previously claiming the three-meter championship on Friday with another program record.
In the 1,650 freestyle, Ashleigh Monroe clocked in with the second-fastest time of the race with a 17:41.55. Kelsey Poole was fifth in the 200 back after touching in 2:09.65, while Molly Potter was also fifth in the 200 fly with a 2:11.77 In addition, Callie Phillips posted a 53.20 en route to fifth place in the 100 free.
In the 200 breast,Springfield had three swimmers in the top eight. Nicolle Stracqualursi was sixth (2:28.03), followed by Anna Woodward (2:28.17) in seventh, and Janella Cuyler (2:29.35) in eighth.
Also in the diving event, Paige Rhodes finished fifth with a 435.25, followed by Melanie Avdoulos' sixth-place mark of 434.25.
The Pride wrapped up the championship with a second-place finish in the 400 free relay as Phillips, Amanda Shaw, Poole, and Pennington combined for a 3:30.14
Springfield College student-athletes with national qualifying times will compete at the NCAA Division III Championships in Shenandoah, Texas on March 20-23.