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Women's Swimming Sets 800 Free Relay Record In Opening Night of NEWMAC Championships

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Worcester, Mass. - February 20, 2014 - The Springfield College women's swimming and diving team kicked off the 2014 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship in record-breaking fashion after swimming the fastest 800 free relay in conference and school history with a 7:34.02.

After the first day of competition, the Pride lead the 10-team competition with 74 points, followed by MIT (70), and Wellesley (64), WPI (60), and Coast Guard (52).

The Pride put together an incredible come-from-behind effort to win the 800 free relay in record time. In sixth place after the lead leg, Springfield's Kellie Pennington (Monson, Mass.) delivered a tremendous effort on the next leg to bring Springfield back in contention as her split of 1:49.31 put the Pride in second place. Callie Phillips (East Longmeadow, Mass.) later put the exclamation point on the winning time as she charged ahead in final lap to out touch MIT for the record.

Kelsey Poole (Westfield, Mass.) and Ashleigh Monore (Southbury, Conn.) joined Pennington and Phillips on the winning relay, which met NCAA "B" cut standards.

With their time, Springfield broke the previous NEWMAC record of 7:35.86 which was set by MIT in 2011.

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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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