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.