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Women's Swimming & Diving Gears Up For a Three-Peat

After winning its second-consecutive New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title and finishing 13th at the NCAA Division III Championship last season, Springfield looks to be even better this winter. With several outstanding veterans returning, including two All-Americans and five national qualifiers, and what coach John Taffe believes is one of the most talented freshman classes he’s ever recruited, the Pride looks to win its third-straight conference championship and continue its success at the NCAA Championship.

“I am very optimistic about this year’s team,” said Taffe. “This group has talent and depth in most every event. If everyone stays healthy and operate as a team, I am confident that we can continue to improve and make a significant impact not only regionally but on the national level as well.”

Despite the graduation of 2002 NCAA Division III Diver of the Year Lindsay Moore, diving coach Peter Avdoulos is excited about the upcoming season. Six-time All-American Alison Mellage returns for her senior campaign. The three-meter national champion in 2001, Mellage finished fourth on one-meter and seventh on three-meter at last season’s NCAA Championship. Avdoulos is also extremely excited about the six new divers that he calls the most talented freshman group he has seen in his 17 years at SC. Sarah Banning, Lacey Feduke, Anne Robbins, Sara Tremblay, Kaitlin Doby and Naomi Shencavitz make up a group with a very strong background that will keep the Springfield diving tradition alive.

Sophomore All-American Megan Skinner returns after a school-record fourth-place effort in the 200-yard backstroke last season. Juniors Jessica Defoe, MaryBeth Kuliga, Claire Mueller, and Beth Byron, along with sophomores Emily Strout, Melissa McCormick, Anna Chornyak and Megan Nickerson all return as conference finalists and hope to improve on last year’s performances. Several newcomers will have an immediate impact this season. Freshmen Jillian Nash, Bridgette McCormick, Emily Phillips, Sarah Strout, Kaitlin Kelley, Melissa Denza, Samantha Hruska and Alicia Hart will give the Pride solid depth in many events.

2013 Swimming and Diving Team Guide

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Head Coach John Taffe

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

E-Mail | Phone: 413.748.3169

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.

Contact Head Coach Peter Avdoulos

E-Mail | Phone: 413.748.3445

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