Cambridge, Mass. - February 25, 2018 - The Springfield College women's swimming and diving team finished third at 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 captured the championship among the 10 teams in the field as the Engineers racked up 1,314 points. Wheaton was second with 1,002 points, followed by Springfield College (795.5), WPI (721), Coast Guard (575.5), Wellesley (449), Smith (261), Mount Holyoke (242), Clark (230), and Babson (203).
Opening up the evening session with the 1,650 freestyle, Springfield had four student-athletes score points, led by Natalie Waechter's (Ventura, Calif.) seventh-place time of 18:01.37. Kassandra Lamb (Reading, Mass.) finished right behind her in eighth with a 18:07.45, while in 10th place, Julia Rigatti (High Bridge, N.J.) delivered a time of 18:11.32, and Jennifer Robinson (Wakefield, R.I.) notched a 18:45.27.
In the 200 back, Hillary Gallagher (Exeter, R.I.) recorded a 2:09.18 to finish in sixth. In the 100 free, Delaney Dyjak (Ludlow, Mass.) raced to a third-place finish as she posted a 52.37, while Olivia Paione (Auburn, Maine) was seventh in 52.99. Competing in the "B" final, Haley Cordery (Berkley, Mass.) turned in a 54.82 and Monique Forte (Providence, R.I.) registered a 55.55.
Springfield had three of the top 10 finishers in the 200 breast, with Christine Shea (Peabody, Mass.) leading the way as she earned second-team all-conference in 2:20.86, while Amelia McKenzie (Charlton, Mass.) posted a 2:29.51 for seventh and Lamb was 10th in 2:31.27. Additionally, Ripp swam a 2:31.48 to score points for the Pride in the event.
The 200 fly featured a pair of Springfield swimmers, with Danielle Hoffner (Bridgewater, N.J.) finishing seventh in 2:11.32 and Lauren Longley (Westfield, Mass.) tallying a 2:12.92 for 10th overall in the event.
On the diving boards, Springfield had a pair of divers in the finals of the one-meter, with Sierra Skaza (Belchertown, Mass.) registering a 421.50 for eighth, closely followed by teammate Bailee Carey's (Quincy, Mass.) 10th-place score of 392.00. Kayla Broyles (Bristol, Conn.) and Becca Anderson (Madison, Conn.) also scored points for the Pride after producing marks of 365.55 and 310.40.
In the last event of the championship, the 400 free relay, Paione, Ripp, McKenzie, and Dyjak combined to swim a fourth-place time of 3:32.63, after Forte, Brianna Magee (Hauppauge), Longley, and Cordery totaled a 3:41.10 in the "B" final.