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Women's Swimming and Diving Opens Season With Win at Holy Cross

Nicolle Stracqualursi Complete Results

Worcester, Mass. - October 29, 2013 - The Springfield College women's swimming and diving team opened the season with a win on Saturday, taking down Holy Cross, 171-124. The Pride had three double-event winners in Nicolle Stracqualursi (Dedham, Mass), Kellie Pennington (Monson, Mass.) and Kelsey Poole (Westfield, Mass.).

Stracqualursi swept the 200-yard breaststroke in 2:36.47 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.22. Pennington took first in both the 50-yard freestyle (24.35) and the 100-yard freestyle (54.17) while Poole won both the 100 backstroke in 1:03.29 and the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:14.13.

The trio also swam in the 400-yard medley relay with Christiana Greco (Wilbraham, Mass.) and took first with a time of 4:07.19. Individually, Greco won the 100 butterfly in 59.25.

Other swimmers with first place finishes were in the 1,000-yard freestyle (11:04.20) and Callie Phillips (East Longmeadow, Mass.) in the 200 freestyle (2:00.80).

Morgan Kitzmiller (Dover, Pa.) was the winner in the one-meter dive with a score of 238.95 and Kyra Breitweiser (Westwood N.J.) won the 3-meter board with a 233.62.

The Pride will host the University of Rhode Island and Coast Guard on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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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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