The Pride will send five swimmers and three divers to the national championship after a strong performance in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships in late February.
Leading the group for the Springfield women will be freshman sensation Kellie Pennington, who was named the NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year as well as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. Pennington will enter the national meet seeded second in the 50 yard freestyle event with a time of 0:23.18. She will also swim in the yard 100 freestyle, where she is seeded fifth at 0:50.89, and will compete as the eleventh seed in the 100 yard butterfly at 0:56.54.
Junior Kaitlin Reilly will join Pennington in the 100 yard butterfly event, after she qualified with a time of 0:57.91.
The Pride will also send three divers to the national stage and is the only institution in the country to have three student-athletes compete in the meet. All three divers will be competing for the first time in the national level as junior Courtney Keefe, sophomore Paige Rhodes, and freshman Jennifer Thompson will represent Springfield College.
Springfield will also look to score points in the relay events as it will compete in several races. The Pride will swim the 200 yard freestyle relay, where it is seeded 12th with a time of 1:35.10, and will also swim the 400 yard freestyle relay, as it is seeded 13th place with a qualifying time of 3:29.68. In the 800 yard freestyle relay, the Pride qualified as the 16th seed in 7:39.88. Springfield qualified in a pair of medley relays, owning a time of 3:57.32 in the 400 yard medley relay, and a time of 1:46.69 for the 200 medley relay.