Springfield Captures 10th Straight NEWMAC Women's Swimming & Diving Championship

Courtesy of Wellesley College Sports Information

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Springfield College captured its 10th consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Swimming and Diving Championship on Sunday evening at Wellesley College. 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 final day of the NEWMAC Championships began with another record-setting performance from Coast Guard's Kimberly Shadwick (Campbell Hall, NY). After setting NEWMAC records and surpassing the NCAA "A" standard in both the 500 free and the 200 free, Shadwick accomplished the same feat today by taking the 1650 free in a record time of 17:13.07.


In the 200 backstroke, Springfield's Megan Cooney (Hummelstown, PA) edged out Clark's Dana Akerfeld (Bronxville, NY) for the title in an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:08.32. Minutes later, in the 100 free, MIT's Amy Jacobi (Cranbury, NJ) out-touched Coast Guard's Heidi Gayman (Kensington, CA) to win the closest race of the weekend, 53:02 to 53:03.


Wheaton's Nicole Zais (Sudbury, MA) captured her second title of the meet, taking the 200 breast in a "B" cut time of 2:23.88. And MIT's Anna Kokensparger (Omaha, NE) continued to re-write the NEWMAC record book, surging to another conference record and "A" standard time with a 2:04.10 win in the 200 fly.


In diving, Clark's Eileen Garcia (New York, NY) followed up her 1-meter title by taking the 3-meter event with a NEWMAC Championship record of 511.35.


MIT captured the final event of the evening as Sydney Giblin (Williamsburg, VA) and Elina Hu (Oshkosh, WI) teamed with Jacobi and Kokensparger to take the 400 Free Relay in a NEWMAC record time of 3:30.56


2010 Individual Award Winners


Anna Kokensparger (MIT), 2010 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year -- Kokensparger won three individual titles in the Championships -- the 100-fly, the 200-fly and the 200-IM -- setting NEWMAC records and hitting NCAA "A" cuts in each. She also anchored MIT record-setting wins in the 400-Medley Relay, the 400-free relay and the 800-free relay.


Eileen Garcia (Clark University), 2010 NEWMAC Diver of the Year -- Garcia won the 1-meter board with a score of 464.75, and followed it up with a first place score of 511.35 on the 3-meter board. Both scores rank in the top five in Division III this season.


Kimberly Shadwick (Coast Guard), 2010 NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year -- Shadwick won three events at the Championship, the 200-free, the 500-free and the 1650-free. She hit NCAA "A" cuts in each event and also broke NEWMAC Championship records in each of her wins. In addition, Shadwick became a three-time champion in the 200 free and repeated as champion in both the 500- and 1650-free.

Final Team Standings
Springfield     839
MIT            694
Wheaton        566
Coast Guard     449
Clark           382
Wellesley       284
WPI             203
Mount Holyoke   171
Babson  134
Smith          102


Event Winners/First Team All-Conference
Sunday, Feb. 21
1650 Free - Kimberly Shadwick (Coast Guard), 17:13.07 !$
200 Back - Megan Cooney (Springfield), 2:08.32 &
100 Free - Amy Jacobi (MIT), 53.02 &
200 Breast - Nicole Zais (Wheaton), 2:23.88 &
200 Fly - Anna Kokensparger (MIT) 2:04.10 !$
400 Free Relay - MIT (Sydney Giblin, Elina Hu, Amy Jacobi, Anna Kokensparger), 3:30.56
Three-Meter Diving - Eileen Garcia (Clark), 511.35 &


Saturday, Feb. 20
200 Medley Relay - Wheaton College (Iris Meehan, Nicole Zais, Taryn Brosnan, Dania Piscetta), 1:48.68 &
400 IM - Meredith Trumbull (Springfield), 4:40.56
100 Fly - Anna Kokensparger (MIT), 55.66 !$
200 Free - Kimberly Shadwick (Coast Guard), 1:51.66 !$
100 Breast - Nicole Zais (Wheaton), 1:07.56 &
100 Back - Megan Cooney (Springfield), 59.26 &
800 Free Relay - MIT (Sydney Giblin, Elina Hu, Amy Jacobi, Anna Kokensparger), 7:38.45 &!


Friday, Feb. 19
200 Free Relay - Springfield College (Kaitlin Reilly, Aimee Doe, Jaclyn Van Waalwijk, Caroline Kosciusko), 1:37.96 &
500 Free - Kimberly Shadwick (Coast Guard), 4:58.50 !$
200 IM - Anna Kokensparger (MIT), 2:04.90 !$
50 Free - Amy Jacobi (MIT), 24.11 &
400 Medley Relay - MIT (Sarah Scodel, Lauren Lo, Amy Jacobi, Anna Kokensparger), 3:59.07 &
One-Meter Diving - Eileen Garcia (Clark), 464.75 &


! NEWMAC Championship record.
$- NCAA "A" standard.
& - NCAA "B"/provisional standard.

 

Second Team All-Conference
Sunday, Feb. 21
1650 Free - Meghan Sisson (Springfield), 17:32.68
200 Back - Dana Akerfelds (Clark), 2:08.80
100 Free - Heidi Gayman (Coast Guard), 53.03
200 Breast - Amy Olson (Coast Guard), 2:27.86
200 Fly - Taryn Brosnan (Wheaton), 2:10.15
400 Free Relay - Springfield (Aimee Doe, Jaclyn Van Waalwijk, Caroline Kosciusko, Kaitlin Reilly), 3:35.15
Three-Meter Diving - Michelle Reggio (Springfield), 449.65


Saturday, Feb. 20
200 Medley Relay - Springfield (Megan Cooney, Janella Cuyler, Kaitlin Reilly, Caroline Kosciusko), 1:49.95
400 IM - Megan Sisson (Springfield), 4:44.89
100 Fly - Dania Piscetta (Wheaton), 57.96
200 Free - Sidney Giblin (MIT), 1:53.86
100 Breast - Amy Olson (Coast Guard), 1:08.04
100 Back - Dana Akerfelds (Clark), 1:00.27
800 Free Relay - Springfield (Kaitlin Reilly, Caroline Kosciusko, Aimee Doe, Meghan Sisson), 7:44.02


Friday, Feb. 19
200 Free Relay - Coast Guard (Madeline Ede, Heidi Gayman, Emily Zalewski, Kim Shadwick), 1:39.14
500 Free - Aimee Doe (Springfield), 5:08.79
200 IM - Dania Piscetta (Wheaton), 2:11.43
50 Free - Kaitlin Reilly (Springfield), 24.56
400 Medley Relay - Coast Guard (Samantha Sworde, Amy Olson, Kimberly Shadwick, Heidi Gayman), 3:59.41
One-Meter Diving - Michelle Reggio (Springfield), 452.15