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Pennington and Thompson Lead Women's Swimming and Diving In NEWMAC Championship Opening Night

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Cambridge, Mass. - February 15, 2013 - Both Kellie Pennington and Jennifer Thompson picked up individual wins to lead the Springfield College women's swimming and diving team in the first day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Swimming and Diving Championship.

As a team, the Pride is currently second among the 10 teams with 172 points.

Pennington, the two-time reigning NEWMAC Women's Swimmer of the Year, continued her dominance in the 50 free, cruising to victory in 23.48. On the three-meter board, Thompson set a new school record with a total score of 547.30. She broke Alison Mellage's old mark of 533.80 that was set 11 years ago in 2002.

Another school record fell as well, as Callie Phillips established a new program in the 200 IM with a 2:06.78. Phillips bested the previous record that has stood since 1994, when Brenda Bradley swam a time of 2:07.55.

Springfield opened up the finals session with a second-place finish in the 200 free relay as Phillips, Amanda Shaw, Mary Masayda and Pennington combined to swim a 1:36.77.

In the 500 free, Ashleigh Monroe placed third after touching in 5:07.32. Also placing in the finals on the three-meter was Paige Rhodes, who took second with a 480.00 and Kyra Breitweiser, who finished fifth with a 438.30.

Springfield wrapped up the meet taking second in the 400 medley relay. Kelsey Poole, Nicolle Stracqualursi, Molly Potter, and Phillips posted a time of 3:55.14.

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Head Coach John Taffe

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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Diving Coach Peter Avdoulos

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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