South Hadley, Mass. - February 18, 2011 - Led by a pair of school-record breaking performances, the Springfield College women's swimming and diving team is in first place after the opening day of the 2011 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships on Friday evening at the Mount Holyoke College Natatorium.
Springfield finished the evening with 276.5 points, just three points ahead of MIT. The Pride entered this weekend's competition as the ten-time reigning conference champion.
In the 200 yard freestyle relay, the Springfield College women’s four-person team of Kellie Pennington, Jaclyn Van Waalwijk, Caroline Kosciusko, and Kaitlin Reilly swam to a school, meet, and pool record time of 1:35.10 for the first place finish. With their NCAA "B" cut time, the foursome bested the old school mark set in 2009 by Moira Price, Kosciusko, Van Waalwijk, and Reilly.
In the 500 yard freestyle individual event, Springfield placed two top-6 finishers. Senior Aimee Doe swam to fourth place with a time of 5:07.88, and junior Meghan Sisson grabbed sixth place with 5:10.27.
The Pride also fared well in the 200 yard individual medley, as senior Meredith Trumbull snared a fifth place finish as she touched the wall in 2:12.86.
Springfield continued to perform well in the 50 yard freestyle event with three top-6 finishes. Pennington sprinted to a time of 23.60 and a spot in the winner’s circle. Earlier in the day in prelims, Pennington re-established her school record, along with setting meet, pool, and open records with an NCAA "A" cut time of 23.18. She was followed closely by Reilly at 24.45 in fourth place and Kosciusko at 24.82 in sixth place.
The Pride dominated the one-meter diving competition with three of the top six finishers. Freshman Jennifer Thompason finished as the runner up with a score of 457.65. Teammate Courtney Keefe took third with 440.40 points, After totaling 397.30 points, Paige Rhodes ended the competition in sixth.
Springfield ended the evening with a fourth-place finish in the 400 medley relay as Kelsey Poole, Janella Cuyler, Trumbull, and Kosciusko touched in 4:00.73.