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Men's Swimming and Diving Place Four On Academic All-America Team

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., July 16, 2003 – Five members of the Springfield College men’s and women’s swimming & diving program were named to the Division III Academic All-America team by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, announced today.

The SC men ranked ninth among Division III schools with a 3.29 team grade point average (g.p.a.) and the Pride women ranked 55th in Division III with a 3.02 team g.p.a.

Sophomore Louis Arruda, who hails from West Warwick, R.I., carries a 3.82 g.p.a. He finished ninth in the 200 freestyle (1:41.20), 19th in the 200 butterfly (1:54.92), and 21st in the 500 freestyle (4:40.64) at the NCAA Championships (March 20-22). Arruda, who holds two school records, swam to the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship (Feb. 28 – March 2) in the 200 freestyle (1:42.27), and swam legs on SC’s first-place 200, 400 and 800 freestyle relays.

Senior Dan Bartholomew, a native of Willits, Calif., graduated with a 3.75 g.p.a. in physical therapy. He placed 15th on the three-meter board (375.15 points) and 16th on the one-meter (345.15 points) at the NCAA Championships. The senior captain finished second to teammate Shaw in both diving events at the NEWMAC Championship.

Senior All-American Alison Mellage, a diver from Union, N.J., graduated with a 3.69 g.p.a. as a movement studies major. She capped an outstanding career by earning her seventh and eighth All-American honors at the NCAA Championships. She placed fourth on the one-meter board (375.95) and fifth on the three-meter board (420.80). Mellage won both diving events at the NEWMAC Championship and the women’s swimming and diving team captured its third-consecutive conference title.

Freshman Dan Moran, who resides in Wilbraham, Mass., carries a 3.52 g.p.a. He was the NEWMAC Champion in the 1,650 freestyle (16:24.91) and the 500 freestyle (4:41.24). Moran finished 12th in the 200 butterfly (1:53.72) at the NCAA Championships.

Freshman Mike Shaw, from Westfield, Mass., achieved a 3.9 g.p.a. earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championships for his third-place finish on the three-meter board (463.85 points) and sixth-place performance in the one-meter dive (418.35). Shaw won both diving events and set meet records at the 2003 NEWMAC Championship. For his efforts, he earned diver-of-the-meet honors.
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