Medeiros Sweeps Career Breast Events as Women's Swimming and Diving Takes Fourth at NEWMAC Championships

Medeiros Sweeps Career Breast Events as Women's Swimming and Diving Takes Fourth at NEWMAC Championships

Worcester, Mass. - February 19, 2017 - The Springfield College women's swimming and diving team finished fourth in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships at WPI's Alumni Natatorium.

The Championship's final standings placed MIT in first with 1422 points to lead WPI (769.5), Wheaton College (766), Springfield College (742), Wellesley College (529), U.S. Coast Guard Academy (483), Smith College (359.5), Clark University (316), Mount Holyoke College (235), and Babson College (169).

Senior Emily Medeiros (Wakefield, Mass.) capped off her final NEWMAC Championships by swimming a 2:18.55 to capture first-place in the 200 breast. With the win, Medeiros has swept both the 100 breast and 200 breast events over the past four years of the Championships. In addition, Medeiros was awarded NEWMAC First Team All-Conference honors for her victory. 

Olivia Paione (Auburn, Maine) continued her impressive weekend, as she swam a 52.72 to earn second-place in the 100 free. For this finish, Paione earned NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference honors.  Teammate Christine Shea (Peabody, Mass.) took third in the event after posting a 2:22.95.

Springfield had three swimmers finish in the top ten of the 1650 free, led by Haley Nolan (Lowell, Mass.), who took sixth-place with a time of 17:53.48. She was closley followed by Natalie Waechter (Ventura, Calif.) and Haley Cordery (Berkley, Mass.), who earned seventh and eighth with times of 17:59.89 and 17:59.91. 

In the 200 back, Lindsay DiFelice (Watertown, Conn.) was the Pride's top finisher with a time of 2:12.89. Springfield's strong performances continued into the 200 fly, where Danielle Hoffner (Bridgewater, N.J.) touched the wall in 2:12.36, good for sixth-place. 

In the 3-meter diving, Sierra Skaza (Belchertown, Mass.) placed ninth with a score of 439.85.

The meet concluded with the 400 free relay, where the combination of Medeiros, Paione, Monique Forte (Smithfield, R.I.), and Kate O'Connor (Manchester, Conn.) finished third in 3:33.53.

Next up, Springfield turns its attention to the NCAA Diving Regionals on February 24.