Visiting Amherst Defeats Women's Swimming and Diving, 157-131

Visiting Amherst Defeats Women's Swimming and Diving, 157-131

Springfield, Mass. - January 29, 2017 - The Springfield College women's swimming and diving team dropped a 157-131 decision in a dual meet against Amherst College on Sunday afternoon in Art Linkletter Natatorium. 

The Pride was led by a first-place finish from Emily Medeiros (Wakefield, Mass.), who won the 100 fly in 59.99. Medeiros was also victorious in the 100 breast, where she touched the wall in 1:06.85. Freshman Danielle Hoffner (Bridgewater, N.J.) also earned first-place points for Springfield after completing the 50 fly in 29.76. 

The Pride opened up competition with a third-place finish in the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:56.47 from the team of Hoffner, Haley Nolan (Lowell, Mass.), Christine Shea (Peabody, Mass.), and Haley Cordery (Berkley, Mass.). The 400 IM followed, and Nolan captured third-place with a time of 4:58.95. Later, Shea earned third-place in the 50 back with a 32.57, and Cordery swam a 2:03.04 in the 200 free to take fourth. 

Sophomore Olivia Paione (Auburn, Maine) also performed well for Springfield, as she raced in the 100 IM and the 100 free with times of 1:03.80 and 55.33. Monique Forte (Smithfield, R.I.) also had a solid performance in the 100 free, swimming a 56.98, after completing the 50 free with a time of 26.50. 

The duo of Kassandra Lamb (Reading, Mass.) and Lindsay DiFelice (Watertown, Conn.) were the Pride's top finishers in the 100 back, swimming times of 1:05.08 and 1:06.63, respectively. Abigail Fagerholm (Sandy Hook, Conn.) and Mackenzie Coleman (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) later found success in the 500 free, where they touched the wall in 5:32.23 and 5:41.21. Coleman, a freshman, also swam a 31.04 to take third in the 50 back.

In the diving events, a number of Springfield competitors saw success, with Sierra Skaza (Belchertown, Mass.) leading the pack. Skaza took second in the 3 meter with a 264.68, while Kayla Broyles (Bristol, Conn.) and Becca Anderson (Madison, Conn.) followed with scores of 228.23 and 216.98. In a similar fashion, Skaza earned second in the 1 meter with a 256.79, as Broyles and Anderson took third and fourth with a 196.72 and a 195.08.

The day finished with the 200 free relay team of Paione, Forte, Medeitos, and Kate O'Connor (Manchester, Conn.) produced a time of 1:44.51.

The Pride will travel to Holy Cross on February 3 to take part in their next meet.