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Women's Swimming and Diving Rolls to NEWMAC Title

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WELLESLEY, Mass. Feb. 23, 2003 - Springfield College sophomore All-American Megan Skinner (Acton, Mass.) finished first in three individual events and swam a leg on three victorious relays as the Pride won its third-consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, hosted by Wellesley College.

SC, which established six school records at the championships and had nine individuals provisionally qualify for the NCAA Division III Championship, totaled 956 points. The Pride was followed by MIT (772), Coast Guard (578) and Wellesley (407.5) in the 10-team field.

Skinner defended all three of her individual titles in the 500 freestyle (5:06.13), the 200 freestyle (1:54.23) and the 200 backstroke (2:06.50). She also teamed with juniors Beth Byron (Haverhill, Mass.) and Jessica DeFoe (Monson, Mass.) and freshman Emily Phillips (North Windham, Conn.) to take first-place (and establish SC records) in both the 400 (4:02.31) and 200 (1:50.79) medley relays. Skinner set a school record in the 100 back stroke in the lead-off leg of the 400 medley relay (59.51)

Senior All-American Alison Mellage (Union, N.J.) swept the diving events, totaling 400.6 points on the 1-meter board and 427.75 points on the 3-meter board. Freshman Lacey Feduke (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) placed third on both boards.

Freshman Sarah Strout (Edgecomb, Maine) was victorious in the 1,650 freestyle in 17:57.03, which is a NEWMAC record, and teamed with Skinner, DeFoe and junior Marybeth Kuliga (Windham, Maine) to win the 800-free relay in a school-record time of 7:49.14.

SC's 400 freestyle relay team of Defoe, Phillips, freshman Alicia Hart (West Hartford, Conn.) and Skinner, which finished second, shattered the school record by over four seconds and provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championship.

Final Team Scores
1. Springfield 956
2. MIT 772
3. Coast Guard 578
4. Wellesley 407.50
5. Mount Holyoke 324.50
6. Smith 318
7. Wheaton 226
8. WPI 114
9. Clark 91
10. Babson 88


Event Winners

Event Swimmer/Team Time 200 Free Relay MIT (Erin Zoller, Yihvan Vuong, Kathryn Duffy, Monica Morrison) 1:39.98 500 Yard Free Megan Skinner, Springfield 5:06.13 200 Yard IM Jane Carley, Coast Guard 2:14.25 50 Free Monica Morrison, MIT 24:39 1-Meter Diving Alison Mellage, Springfield 400.60 400 Medley Relay Springfield (Megan Skinner, Beth Bryron, Jessica DeFoe, Emily Philips) 4:02.31 200 Medley Relay Springfield (Megan Skinner, Beth Byron, Jessic a DeFoe, Emily Philips) 1:50.79 400 I.M. Jess LeRoy, Wellesley 4:42.97 100 Fly Kirstin Alberi, MIT 1:00.35 200 Free Megan Skinner, Springfield 1:54.23 100 Breast Darby Schlaht, Coast Guard 1:07.03 100 Back Cassie Bannell, Wheaton 1:00.96 800 Free Relay Springfield (Marybeth Kuliga, Jessica DeFoe, Sarah Strout, Megan Skinner) 7:49.14 1650 Free Sarah Strout, Springfield 17:57.03 200 Backstroke Megan Skinner, Springfield 2:06.50 100 Free Monica Morrison, MIT 53.21 200 Breaststroke Darby Schlaht, Coast Guard 2:24.31 200 Butterfly Jessica LeRoy, Wellesley 2:13.57 3-Meter Diving Alison Mellage, Springfield 427.75 400 Free Relay MIT (Kathryn Duffy, Georgene Hilb, Kirstin Alberi, Monica Morrison) 3:35.70

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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.

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Diving Coach Peter Avdoulos

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.

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