Worcester, Mass. - February 18, 2017 - The Springfield College women's swimming and diving team holds fourth-place with 487 points after the third day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships at WPI's Alumni Natatorium.
MIT continues to lead the field with 985 points, followed by WPI (518.5), Wheaton (496), Springfield College (487), Wellesley College (348), U.S. Coast Guard Academy (341), Smith College (240.5), Clark University (232), Mount Holyoke College (163) and Babson College (116).
Sophomore Olivia Paione (Auburn, Maine) brought home the first victory of the weekend for Springfield, as she claimed first in the 200 free with a time of 1:52.99. She was soon followed by Emily Medeiros (Wakefield, Mass.), who touched the wall in 1:03.09 to capture first in the 100 breast for the fourth-consecutive season. With the wins, both Paione and Medeiros have earned NEWMAC First Team All-Conference honors.
The finals kicked off with the 400 IM, where Kassandra Lamb (Reading, Mass.) swam a 4:41.48 to take fifth-place. Freshman Mackenzie Coleman (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) also had a solid performance, earning ninth with a time of 4:47.07.
Springfield's top performer in the 100 fly was Danielle Hoffner (Bridgewater, N.J.), who finished the event with a time of 1:00.75.
Along with Paione's victory, the 200 free proved to be successful for Haley Cordery (Berkley, Mass.), who earned ninth-place with a time of 1:57.25. Senior Christine Shea (Peabody, Mass) was also strong for the Pride, as she took fourth in the 100 breast in 1:05.86, just over two seconds behind Medeiros.
In the 100 back, Lindsay DiFelice (Watertown, Conn.) was the top finisher for Springfield after producing a time of 1:03.21.
The night concluded with the 200 medley relay, where the relay team of Shea, Medeiros, Paione and Haley Nolan (Lowell, Mass.) took third with a time of 1:47.80. The Pride finished behind teams from MIT and Wheaton, while WPI and Coast Guard rounded out the top five.
The Pride return tomorrow at 10 am for the final day of NEWMAC Championship competition.