Wellesley, Mass. - February 21, 2010 - The Springfield College women's swimming and diving team won its 10th-straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship on Sunday evening behind an outstanding weekend of performances both in the pool and on the diving boards. On the final day, Meg Cooney won the 200 back, while the Pride had four of the top five finishers on the three-meter board.
The Pride amassed 839 points in the three-day event, easily outdistancing runner-up MIT with 694 points. Wheaton captured third with 566, followed by Coast Guard (449), Clark (382), Wellesley (284), WPI (203), Mount Holyoke (171), Babson (134) and Smith (102).
The Pride's depth in the diving events was terrific as it placed four in the top five on the three-meter on Sunday night. Michelle Reggio finished second (449.65) and was followed by teammates Meghan Kijanka (438.50), Courtney Keefe (425.75), and Paige Rhodes (416.55).
In the 1650 free, the Pride had three of the top five finishers as it started the evening off on the right foot. Meghan Sisson's second-place time of 17:32.68 met NCAA 'B' Cut standards, while Meghan Feran finished fourth after touching in 17:54.66. Laura Hartford rounded out the Pride's scoring in the top five as she took fifth in 17:55.24.
Meg Cooney defended her title in the 200 back as she picked up her second individual win of the 2010 championships with a 'B' cut time of 2:08.32.
The Pride placed three in the top eight of the 100 free as Aimee Doe finished fourth in 53.38, Kaitlin Reilly fifth in 54.07, and Caroline Kosciusko in eighth with a time of 54.57.
The 200 breast saw Jennifer Carignan take fourth after she touched in 2:30.83, while in the 200 fly, Meredith Trumbull swam to a third-place finish at a 2:12.40 clip, and Molly Potter placed fifth in 2:13.59.
Springfield finished second in the final event of the weekend as it took second in the 400 relay behind Doe, Jaclyn Van Waalwijk, Kosciusko, and Reilly's time of 3:35.15.
1. Springfield College 839
2. MIT 694
3. Wheaton College 566
4. U. S. Coast Guard Academy 449
5. Clark University 382
6. Wellesley College 284
7. WPI 203
8. Mount Holyoke College 171
9. Babson College 134
10. Smith College 102