Indianapolis, Ind. - March 19, 2014 - For the second-straight year, Springfield College's Kellie Pennington (Monson, Mass.) finished second in the 50 yard freestyle at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday night.
Entering the event with a qualifying time of 23.05, Pennington posted a time of 23.06 in the prelims to enter the championship as the top seed.
Swimming in lane 4, the Physical Education major led the field at the first turn with a split of 11.09, before swimming the final 25 yards in 11.97 seconds for a final time of 23.06.
Pennington has had a historic swimming career at Springfield, as she is just one of two athletes in the history of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to earn Athlete of the Year honors for all four years of her time in college. With her second place finish on Wednesday, Pennington racked up the 13th All-American honor of her career.
In 2012, Pennington swam the 50 free in a school-record time of 23 seconds flat to win the NCAA National Championship. Last season, Pennington posted a time of 23.07 as the national runner-up.
Anastasia Bogdanovski of Johns Hopkins was crowned the national champion after posting a winning time of 22.80. Bogdanovski had previously registered a time of 23.17 in the prelims.