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Thompson and Pennington Lead the Way in Second Day of NCAA Championships

Kellie Pennington Indianapolis, Ind. - March 20, 2014 - The Springfield College women's swimming & diving team racked up six All-America honors on day two of the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Indianapolis on Thursday.

Kellie Pennington (Monson, Mass.) picked up the 14th and 15th All-America honors of her career with a fourth place finish in the championship finals of the 200 free and an 11th place finish as a member of the 200 free relay team in the consolation finals.

Jen Thompson (Cheshire, Conn.) earned the sixth All-America honor of her career, finishing fifth in the championship finals of the women's one-meter board. The senior put together a final score of 433.30, redeeming herself after finishing 19th in the event a season ago. In the prelims earlier on Thursday, Thompson registered an 11-dive score of 409.45.

Jen Thompson Pennington took home her second individual All-America honor of the week in the 200 free as she placed fourth in the nation. Racing in lane one, the senior posted a time of 1:50.21 in the championships race. In the prelims on Thursday morning, Pennington finished third in her heat and seventh overall with a time of 1:51.05. Heading into the weekend, she entered the event seeded third with a qualifying time of 1:50.02.

The 200 free relay team of Pennington, Nicole Scotto (Southbury, Conn.), Callie Phillips (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Delaney Dyjak (Ludlow, Mass.) earned Honorable Mention All-America honors after a third place finish in the consolation finals Thursday night, finishing 11th overall for the second-straight year. The team swam a combined time of 1:35.66. Pennington opened up with a lead leg of 23.09, Scotto swam a 24.36 in the second leg, followed up Phillips with a third leg time of 24.50 and Dyjak anchored with a time of 23.71.

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