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School Record in 800 Free Relay Falls on Day 3 of NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship

Springfield College 800 free relay Indianapolis, Ind. - March 21, 2014 - The Springfield College women's 800 free relay team broke a school record on Thursday and Emily Medeiros (Wakefield, Mass.) swam her best time of the year in the preliminary round of the 100-yard breaststroke on day three of the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championship.

The 800 free relay team of Delaney Dyjak (Ludlow, Mass.), Kellie Pennington (Monson, Mass.), Ashleigh Monroe (Southbury, Conn.) and Callie Phillips (East Longmeadow, Mass.) swam a combined time of 7:33.29, breaking the school record of 7:34.02 set this year at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship. Dyjak opened up the race with a lead leg of 1:56.83. Pennington swam a dominant second leg (1:49.78) to bring the Pride in contention for second place, followed by Monroe who pulled Springfield into possession of second place with a third leg of 1:53.01. Phillips anchored the relay with split of 1:53.67 to give Springfield a third place finish in its heat.

Springfield entered the event seeded ninth in the country with a qualifying time of 7:33.59. After the final heat competes this evening, the Pride will learn their overall place in the 22 team field.

Medeiros, the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year clocked a time of 1:04.08 in the prelims of the 100 breast, finishing 11th overall and 5th in her heat. Swimming in lane six of the third heat, Medeiros finished 0.19 seconds better than her qualifying time of 1:04.27. She swam an opening split of 31.06 and finished the final 50 yards in 33.02. The first-year entered the event seeded 12th in the nation. With her 11th place finish, Medeiros qualified for the consolation finals, which will get underway shortly after 6:00 p.m. this evening.

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