SPRINGFIELD, Mass., – February 3, 2007 – The Springfield College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams both lost to Amherst College this afternoon at SC’s Art Linkletter Natatorium. It was Senior Day for Springfield College.
The SC men lost to the Lord Jeffs, 141 to 102, while the SC women made it a little closer, but still fell by a score of 130.50 to 105.50.
With the win, the Amherst men raised their record to 5-2, while the SC men dropped to 4-9. The Amherst women remained perfect at 8-0, while the SC women fell to 5-9.
Despite the Amherst wins, it was a big day for the Springfield women’s divers. A total of five SC women divers qualified for the nationals, four in both the one-meter and three-meter diving. In three-meter diving, SC finished 1-2-3-4. Junior Melissa Nelson (Wallingford, Conn.) was victorious with a score of 267.22. Other SC divers qualifying for nationals included second-place finisher sophomore Erin White (Glastonbury, Conn.)with 266.40 points, third-place finisher freshman Michelle Reggio (Brooklyn, N.Y.) with 263.17 points, and fourth-place finisher senior Cara Loux (Stratford, Conn.) with 260.55 points.
In the one-meter diving, the SC women finished one through six, with the top five qualifying for nationals. They were White at 274.34, Nelson at 268.49, Loux at 265.79, Reggio at 254.02, and senior Natasha Skowronski (Adams, Mass.) at 251.92.
“I can’t ever remember a day quite like this,” said the very successful SC Head Diving Coach Peter Avdoulos, now in his 22nd year at the helm. “With five women qualifying for nationals, this was a banner day to say the least.”
Despite the Springfield dominance in the diving, Amherst had the better of it overall on the day. Amherst women who finished first in events included freshman Anna Haring (Santa Barbara, Calif.) in the 1000 free (10:44.52), sophomore Meaghan Stern (Albuquerque, N.M.) in the 200 free (1:54.44), sophomore Mary Marvel (Williamsburg, Mass.) in the 50 free (25.42), junior Brittany Sasser (Belmont, Mass.) in the 200 IM (2:09.81), senior Piper Pettersen (Kirkland, Wash.) in the 200 fly (2:14.09), Stern in the 100 free (54.46), Sasser in the 200 back (2:07.89), and senior Margaret Ramsey (Belmont, Mass.) in the 500 free (5:17.01). In addition, the Amherst women captured the 200 medley relay to open the meet with a time of 1:53.35.
The only events that the Springfield women won, besides the two diving events, were the 200 breast by sophomore Moira Price (Berkeley Heights, N.J.) (2:28.05) and the final 400 yard free relay in 3:50.25.
On the men’s side, Amherst winners included junior Andrew Maslan (Mission Hills, Kan.) in the 200 free (1:47.84), freshman Tad Homchick (Mercer Island, Wash.) in the 50 free (22.12), senior Ethan Treat (Newton, Mass.) in the 200 IM (2:01.93), junior Connor Boyd (Northridge, Calif.) in the one-meter dive (284.40 points), Treat in the 200 fly (2:00.49), sophomore Mike Waskom (Wilton, Conn.) in the 200 back (1:59.93), sophomore Christian Witzke (Jacksonville, Fla.) in the 500 free (4:51.54), Boyd again in the three-meter dive (301.65 points), and senior John Ancona (Lake Forest, Ill.) in the 200 breast (2:16.54).
Pride winners on the men’s side included senior Paul McCloskey (Westfield, N.J.) in the 1000 free (9:57.35), and junior Roy Burch (Warwick, Bermuda) in the 100 free (46.32). SC also captured the 200 medley relay (1:38.55) to start the meet and the 400 free relay to end it (3:13.25).
Up next in the SC swimming and diving programs, the women will prepare for the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women’s Championships at Wellesley, Feb. 16-18. The Pride women have won six straight NEWMAC team titles. One week later, the men will compete at Wheaton for NEWMAC supremacy. That meet will take place Feb. 23-25. SC last won the NEWMAC men’s team title in 2005.