Worcester, Mass. - February 20, 2014 - The Springfield College women's swimming and diving team kicked off the 2014 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship in record-breaking fashion after swimming the fastest 800 free relay in conference and school history with a 7:34.02.
After the first day of competition, the Pride lead the 10-team competition with 74 points, followed by MIT (70), and Wellesley (64), WPI (60), and Coast Guard (52).
The Pride put together an incredible come-from-behind effort to win the 800 free relay in record time. In sixth place after the lead leg, Springfield's Kellie Pennington (Monson, Mass.) delivered a tremendous effort on the next leg to bring Springfield back in contention as her split of 1:49.31 put the Pride in second place. Callie Phillips (East Longmeadow, Mass.) later put the exclamation point on the winning time as she charged ahead in final lap to out touch MIT for the record.
Kelsey Poole (Westfield, Mass.) and Ashleigh Monore (Southbury, Conn.) joined Pennington and Phillips on the winning relay, which met NCAA "B" cut standards.
With their time, Springfield broke the previous NEWMAC record of 7:35.86 which was set by MIT in 2011.