Cambridge, Mass. - February 24, 2018 - The Springfield College women's swimming and diving team hung on to it's top-three position on Saturday, as the Pride competed in the third leg of the four-day New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships, hosted in the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool on the campus of MIT.
The Pride, which have earned a total of 507.5 points thus far, trail only MIT, which has 866 and Wheaton, which has 687.5. Trailing Springfield College is WPI (474) and Coast Guard (409.5), rounding out the top five.
Opening the finals session with the 400 individual medley, Kassandra Lamb (Reading, Mass.) took sixth overall with a time of 4:41.69, finishing ahead of Izzy Ripp (Selden, N.Y.), who was fourth in the B finals, and 14th overall with a time of 4:44.92, and Danielle Hoffner (Bridgewater, N.J.), who was 20th with a time of 4:54.01. In the 100 butterfly, Delaney Dyjak (Ludlow, Mass.) put forth an impressive effort, resulting in a second-place finish and a time of 55.96 seconds, just 0.20 seconds off of the program record, owned by Kellie Pennington '14. Lauren Longley (Westfield, Mass.) also scored the Pride points, taking 17th with a time of 1:00.36.
Landing a spot in the 200 freestyle finals, Olivia Paione (Auburn, Mass.) took fourth with a time of 1:54.74, while Natalie Waechter (Ventura, Calif.) won the B final with a time of 1:56.79, and Haley Cordery (Berkley, Mass.) took 13th with a mark of 1:58.24. Christine Shea (Peabody, Mass.) also finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke, touching in 1:04.72, while Amelia McKenzie (Charlton, Mass.), who also made the A final, took ninth with a time of 1:08.03.
Freshman Hillary Gallagher (Exeter, R.I.) took ninth in the A finals of the 100 backstroke, before the 200 medley relay team of Gallagher, Shea, Brianna Magee (Happauge, N.Y.) and Ripp took fourth overall, earning the Pride 38 points with a time of 1:50.04. In the B finals, Bri Boulerice (New Ipswich, N.H.), McKenzie, Longley and Cordery took 15th with a time of 1:52.38.
Springfield College will compete in the final day of the NEWMAC Swimming and Diving Championships on Sunday, February 24, beginning with the prelims at 10 a.m.