Women's Swimming and Diving Tries For NEWMAC "Four-Peat"
After winning its third-consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title and finishing 15th at the NCAA Division III Championship last season, Springfield looks to be even better this winter. With a team made up of an outstanding senior class, two All-Americans, and eight national qualifiers, the Pride looks to win its fourth-straight conference championship and continue its success at the NCAA Championship.
“On paper, we are as strong as we have ever been,” said head coach John Taffe
. “The work ethic and leadership of our senior class has brought us back to our status as a national-level program over the past three seasons.”
Junior Megan Skinner
returns after a record-setting sophomore campaign that saw her earn second and third career All-America honors, set six conference records and seven school records. The two-time NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year finished third in the 200-yard backstroke and fifth in the 100-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championship, while winning three individual titles and swimming on three victorious relays at the NEWMAC Championship.
Skinner is one of eight returning national qualifiers. Seniors Jessica Defoe
, MaryBeth Kuliga
, and Beth Byron
, along with sophomores Alicia Hart
, Emily Phillips
and Sarah Strout
all met national qualifying standards in 2003 and will look for similar success this season. Other returning contributors include seniors Claire Mueller
and Kathryn VanDerBeken
, along with junior Emily Strout
. Sophomore Sarah Strout returns as the conference champion in the 1,650 freestyle.
Despite the graduation of eight-time All-American diver Alison Mellage
, diving coach Peter Avdoulos
is excited about the upcoming season. Led by sophomore Lacey Feduke
, an honorable-mention All-American after an 11th-place finish on the one-meter board at the 2002-2003 NCAA Championship, SC will look to senior Andrea Babcock
, sophomore Sara Tremblay
, and freshman Melissa Pond
to keep the Pride’s strong diving tradition alive.
Head Coach John Taffe
John Taffe enters his 25th season in 2013-2014 as the head coach of the men's and women's swimming teams at Springfield College. Under Taffe’s leadership, the Pride has returned to its status as one of the best collegiate swimming and diving programs in Division III.Read more
Contact Head Coach John Taffe
| Phone: 413.748.3169
Diving Coach Peter Avdoulos
Peter Avdoulos is regarded as one of the top diving coaches in the nation, and is entering his 29th season as the diving coach for both the men's and women's programs in 2013-2014. The current NEWMAC Men's and Women's Diving Coach of the Year, Avdoulos has coached countless All-New England and All-American divers, as well as several National Champions. Read more
Contact Head Coach Peter Avdoulos
| Phone: 413.748.3445