Women's Swimming and Diving Falls Just Short of No. 15 Middlebury, 153-146

Women's Swimming and Diving Falls Just Short of No. 15 Middlebury, 153-146

Middlebury, Vt. - December 9, 2017 - The Springfield College women's swimming and diving team fell just short of nationally-ranked Middlebury on Saturday afternoon, as the Pride fell to the Panthers, 153-146, in the Middlebury Natatorium. Coming into the meet, Middlebury was ranked No. 15 in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Division III National Rankings. 

Starting off the meet, the team of Hillary Gallagher (Exeter, R.I.), Christine Shea (Peabody, Mass.), Brianna Magee (Happauge, N.Y.) and Monique Forte (Providence, R.I.) took second overall with a time of 1:54.28, while in the 1000 freestyle, Kassandra Lamb (Reading, Mass.) took first overall with a time of 10:58.92. In the 200 freestyle, Olivia Paione (Auburn, Maine) took first with a time of 1:58.89, while Haley Cordery (Berkley, Mass.) finished third overall, touching in 2:03.31.

Gallagher notched a second-place finish in the 50 backstroke, posting a time of 29.55 seconds, while in the 50 breast, Shea took second after swimming a time of 31.70 seconds. Delaney Dyjak (Ludlow, Mass.) won the 100 butterfly with a sub-minute time of 59.28 seconds, while in the 50 freestyle, Magee also finished as the runner up with a time of 25.23 seconds, finishing just before Forte, who took fourth with a time of 26.36 seconds. 

Dyjak took home the 100 freestyle with a time of 54.59 seconds, while Gallagher picked up a first-place finish in the ensuing event, the 100 backstroke, with a time of 1:02.90. Shea picked up the Pride's third-consecutive victory with a winning time of 1:08.43 in the 100 breaststroke, while Amelia McKenzie (Charlton, Mass.) earned third-place points in the event with a time of 1:12.38. Paione took first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:16.81, finishing ahead of Lamb, who took third with a time of 5:24.70, before Dyjak finished second in the 50 butterfly, touching the wall in 26.35 seconds. 

Paione continued her strong meet with a second-place finish in the 100 individual medley, posting a time of 1:02.66, while in the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Magee, Cordery, Paione and Dyjak took second with a combined time of 1:40.0.

In the diving events, freshman Bailee Carey (Quincy, Mass.) took second on the one-meter board with a score of 228.38, while Sierra Skaza (Belchertown, Mass.) won the three-meter board with a nationally-qualifying score of 267.83.

Springfield College will return to the pool on Saturday, January 13, as the Pride will compete in a tri-meet with Union College and Hartwick in a meet hosted at Union. Start time is set for 12 p.m.