Cambridge, Mass. - February 23, 2018 - The Springfield College women's swimming and diving team moved up to second place after the second day of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Swimming and Diving Championships in the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool on the campus of MIT.
MIT leads the 10-team field with 427 points, followed by Springfield (270.5), Wheaton (254), Coast Guard (214.5), WPI (198), Wellesley (155), Smith (98), Mount Holyoke (91), Clark (77), and Babson (75).
Springfield's 200 free relay team opened the evening session earning second-team all-conference honors as Delaney Dyjak (Ludlow, Mass.), Brianna Magee (Hauppauge, N.Y.), Amelia McKenzie (Charlton, Mass.), and Olivia Paione (Auburn, Maine) combined to swim a 1:36.91. Previously in the "B" final, Monique Forte (Providence, R.I.), Izzy Ripp (Selden, N.Y.), Christine Shea (Peabody, Mass.), and Haley Cordery (Berkley, Mass.) turned in a 1:41.11.
The Pride would then have a terrific showing in the 500 free, led by Paione, as the junior delivered a fifth-place time time of 5:03.79. Natalie Waechter (Ventura, Calif.) touched in 5:14.69 as she took eighth, and Cordery finished 10th with a 5:16.53. In the consolation finals, Lauren Longley (Westfield, Mass.) swam a 5:19.33, and Julia Rigatti (High Bridge, N.J.) posted a 5:24.66.
In the 200 IM, Shea swam a 2:11.84 to take seventh and Ripp posted a 2:13.57 to finish in 10th place. Dyjak sprinted her way to another all-conference honor as she tallied a 23.78 in the 50 free en route to second place. Magee also raced in the "B" final and tied for 12th-place among the 57 competitors with a 25.15.
On the diving boards, Springfield had a pair of divers in the finals of the three-meter, with Sierra Skaza (Belchertown, Mass.) registering a 461.95 for seventh, closely followed by teammate Bailee Carey's (Quincy, Mass.) eighth-place score of 448.60. Kayla Broyles (Bristol, Conn.) and Becca Anderson (Madison, Conn.) also scored points for the Pride after producing marks of 359.70 and 351.70, respectively.
In the final event of the evening, Springfield's 400 medley relay team of Hillary Gallagher (Exeter, R.I.), Shea, Dyjak, and Paione combined for a 3:54.60 en route to third place. Earlier in the "B" final, the Pride's unit of McKenzie, Kassandra Lamb (Reading, Mass.), Longley, and Ripp swam a 4:06.76.
Springfield College will resume competition on Saturday, as the action gets underway at 10 am.