Springfield, Mass. - January 14, 2017 - The Springfield College women's swimming and diving program fell to nationally-ranked New York University, 189-108, in the Art Linkletter Natatorium on Saturday afternoon. The Violets came into the meet ranked No. 7 in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Rankings.
The Pride was paced by a pair of individual victories from standout senior Emily Medeiros (Wakefield, Mass.) and sophomore Olivia Paione (Auburn, Maine) and a first-place finish from freshman Kate O'Connor (Manchester, Conn.).
Medeiros, a CSCAA Preseason All-American in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, took first overall in the 100 breast with a time of 1:06.45, and followed suit with a first-place finish in the 200, clocking in at 2:26.53. Paione was able to touch first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:20.60, before taking an individual victory in the 200 individual medley, touching in 2:12.50. O'Connor took first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 56.20.
Starting off the day, Springfield College's 400 medley relay team of Medeiros, Paione, Christine Shea (Peabody, Mass.) and Lindsay DiFelice (Watertown, Conn.) finished third overall with a time of 4:11.29, before Haley Nolan (Lowell, Mass.) took third in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 11:08.57.
In the 200 freestyle, Kassandra Lamb (Reading, Mass.) touched in 2:01.46, good for third, while Haley Cordery (Berkley, Mass.) took fifth with a time of 2:02.81. Freshman Danielle Hoffner (Bridgewater, N.J.) took third in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:16.51, while Shea was the runner up in both the 100 breaststroke (1:09.49) and the 200 breaststroke (2:30.47).
Wrapping up the day, Springfield College took second in the 200 freestyle relay, as the team of Cordery, O'Connor, Nolan and Medeiros touched in 1:44.12.
On the diving boards, standout sophomore Sierra Skaza (Belchertown, Mass.) had a pair of top five finishes as she took fourth on the one-meter board with a score of 256.28, and second on the three-meter board with a score of 282.53.
Up next, Springfield College will compete at the Middlebury Invitational January 27-28.