Cambridge, Mass. - February 17, 2012 - Classmates Kellie Pennington and Jennifer Thompson each won individual events and set school records in the process to lead the Springfield College women's swimming and diving team in the opening day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship hosted by MIT.
MIT is in first after the first day with 323 points, while the Pride is currently in second with 256 points.
Springfield picked up the first win of the evening as it’s women’s 200 free relay team of Pennington, Jaclyn Van Waalwijk, Caroline Kosciusko and Kaitlin Reilly edged out MIT by just 0.32 seconds in its winning and NCAA B cut time of 1:35.35.
Pennington later took home the 50 free title for the women, turning in a meet record time of 23.09, breaking her own mark set last year. Pennington’s time was also an NCAA A cut and re-established her school record. Reilly placed fourth with a 24.29, while Kosciusko swam a 24.60 for a seventh-place finish.
The 500 free featured Meghan Sisson, who took third with a 5:10.42. Katherine Batch was Springfield's lone swimmer in the 200 IM final and she touched in 2:16.48 for eighth.
In the women’s 1-meter diving,Thompson came away with her first-ever conference title, totaling 474.10 points. Teammates Courtney Keefe (444.35) and Paige Rhodes (413.80) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.
The evening wrapped up with the 400 medley relay. Springfield took second as their lineup of Kelsey Poole, Janella Cuyler, Reilly and Kosciusko turned in an effort of 3:57.84.