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Smith Finishes 8th at NEWMAC Championships

February 21, 2011

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass.–Strong performances from Mackenzie Bradley, Jenika Parson, and Alexis-Clair Roehrich on the final day of competition lifted Smith to an eighth place finish at the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championship Meet on Sunday evening.

Bradley took eighth place in the 1650 freestyle, touching the wall in 18:07.89.  Parson and Roehrich both placed in the top seven in the 3-meter dive; Parson recorded a fifth place finish with a score of 432.10 for an NCAA ‘B’ cut mark, while Roehrich finished in seventh place with a score of 396.25.

The eighth place finish was a three place improvement from 2010, when the Pioneers came in 10th place, and the highest finish since Smith came in sixth overall in 2008.

For the first time in school history, MIT took home top honors. With their win, the Engineers put an end to Springfield College’s reign as league champions. The Pride had finished atop the standings for each of the past 10 years. Over the course of the weekend, nine NEWMAC Championship records fell at the Mount Holyoke College Natatorium.

MIT touched the wall first nine times en route to 917.5 points. The Engineers were followed by Springfield (894.5), the Coast Guard Academy (446), Wheaton College (359.5), Wellesley College (340), Clark University (299.5), WPI (202), Smith College (188), Babson College (115) and Mount Holyoke (113).

At the conclusion of this evening’s final session, Springfield’s Kellie Pennington was honored with both the NEWMAC Swimmer of the Year and Rookie of the Year Awards. The first year won three individual events and also figured in on a pair of relay victories. In addition to shattering NEWMAC Championship and Open records in both the 50 and 100-yard freestyle races, she also hit NCAA “A” cuts in both events. Her third individual win came in the 100-yard butterfly. In the relays, she led Springfield to wins in the 200 and 400-yard freestyle races. Pennington also helped the Pride to second place finishes in the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay.

Final Team Standings
1. MIT – 917.5
2. Springfield College – 894.5
3. Coast Guard Academy – 446
4. Wheaton College – 359.5
5. Wellesley College – 340
6. Clark University – 299.5
7. WPI – 202
8. Smith College – 188
9. Babson College – 115
10. Mount Holyoke College – 113

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