Cambridge, Mass. - February 19, 2012 - The Springfield College women's and swimming team concluded the 2012 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships on Sunday evening and finished second out of 10 teams with 821.5 points.
The MIT women’s team totaled 960 points to defend its conference title.
Springfield’s Kellie Pennington turned in one of the most impressive performances of the meet in the women’s 100 freestyle. She broke her own NEWMAC meet, open, and school record with an NCAA A cut effort of 49.94. It was Pennington’s third individual win of the championships as she went on to be selected as the NEWMAC Women’s Swimmer of the Year for the second-straight year.
Women’s diving competed on the 3-meter board on Sunday, and Jennifer Thompson finished second with 506.10 points, an A cut mark. Kyra Breitweiser had a strong showing to finish fourth with a total of 464.70, followed by teammates Courtney Keefe in fifth (456.50) and Paige Rhodes (449.85) in sixth.
Springfield had three of the top eight finishers in the 1,650 freestyle, led by Meghan Sisson's third-place time of 17:40.49. Laura Hartford placed fourth in 17:58.27, while Jenna Callahan took eighth in 18:14.68.
Kelsey Poole added fifth-place points in the 200 back after touching in 2:09.74. Jennifer Carignan took third in the 200 breast in 2:27.84 and teammate Janella Cuyler clock in at 2:29.65 for fifth.
Springfield also had a solid showing in the 200 fly with Kaitlin Reilly recording a 2:12.67 for fifth place, and Molly Potter finishing right behind her in 2:13.95.
In the final event, the 400 freestyle relay, Springfield’s team of Reilly, Jaclyn Van Waalwijk, Caroline Kosciusko and Pennington was second in 3:30.52, also a B cut.