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Smith 8th Overall at NEWMACs! FAST SWIMS FOR ALL!!! Bradley Claims 200 Butterfly record; Parson continues quest for NCAA diving bid

February 22, 2012

Smith Seniors honored on Saturday Finals during NEWMACs: Becca, Karen, Carly, Alex, Jenny & T Rex!!

As the Wild Bunch entered the MIT pool area, they could feel the energy and enthusiasm rising up from bleachers.  Our Smith Sprinters: Carly, Hayley and Lauren regaled us with their AFAP Smith Sprint solid color sweatsuits: pink, turqouoise and blue.  The secret pysch ups delivered presents of tiaras, sriracha, 3-D lions, blow-up bananas etc.  Legs were shaved, drag suits and tights were on…It was time to go.  It was their time rock and roll.

“I’ll give you a nickel if…”

The Wild Bunch had an incredible NEWMACs- both divers and swimmers.  All swimmers swam either season bests or personal bests.

Here are just a few highlights from the meet:

Karen Fryefield had a wonderful last diving meet, challenging herself and other divers, and scoring close to her personal best in the 3 meter, earning points toward Smith’s overall point total.

Jenika Parson also had a fantastic meet, placing 6th and 7th in the 1-meter and 3-meter, and also scoring close to her personal bests.  We wish her the best as we wait to hear from the NCAA committee about her bid to Nationals!!

Jill Anderson had a season best in her 100 free, 1:14.83, and a personal best in her 500 free, 7:19.95.

Olivia Bannon went from a 1:15.87 in her 100 breast stroke to a 1:11.58, and also dropped almost eight seconds in her 200 breaststroke, 2:35.73!

Hayley Bezubka dropped a second in her 50 freestyle, 27.80 and almost broke the 1 minute barrier in the 100 freestyle, 1:00.27 in a relay.  She also had a personal best in her 200 Freestyle: 2:14.31.

Kyle Boyd smashed her 1650 freestyle by almost 30 seconds, 19:47.55, swimming her fastest 1000 time in the mile.  She also dropped 5 seconds in her 200 freestyle: 2:13.30.

Mackenzie Bradley was ecstatic when she knocked six and a half seconds off her 200 fly, breaking the 27—year old school record, 2:11.19.  Mack also placed top eight in all her events, and swam personal bests in the mile, 18:00.09, and in the 500 free, 5:12.65.

Becca Chazin flew off the starting blocks and swam personal bests in the 50 fly, 32.37, 100 fly, 1:14.81 in a relay, and destroyed her previous time of 2:52.97 with a 2:46.78 in her 200 fly.

Paige Christie fought her way to three personal bests in her 500 free: 5:35.11, 200 back 2:19.98 and dropped eight seconds in her 200 fly, 2:22.09.

Despite not fully training for about a month prior to NEWMACs with a shoulder problem, Robin Currens swam her fastest time in her career at Smith in the 100 yard backstroke: 1:04.72, and swam a season best in her 200 backstroke by nine seconds.

Lauren Kauffman felt the need for speed, swimming a 26.15 in her individual 50 free, and leading off the last 400-free relay with a personal best of 57.24!

Emily Lane, our green monster (she wears green everything during practice), swam herself into the 5:30s in her 500 yard freestyle: 5:39.23 and had an equally impressive swim in her mile, dropping close to 35 seconds, 19:14.08.

Carly Mailly, our national treasure, was thrilled when she swam her personal best times in her 50 free and 100 free: 28.12 and 1:01.85 in the last relay.  AFAP!

Ariel Orr got down to business during her breaststroke events, going a 1:10.66 in the 400-medley relay, and dropping three seconds in her 200-yard breaststroke, 2:39.50.

Alex Page found a driving tempo and dominated her backstroke events, making it back to the Consolation final in her 100 backstroke: 1:03.03, a Personal best.  She also dropped almost three seconds in her 200 back, 2:17.55.

Alyssa Pascuzzo channeled flow and speed in her 200 IM and 100 freestyles.  She qualified for the Consolation final in her 200 IM and dropped two seconds, 2:17.14.  She was our anchor for our freestyle legs and broke the 56 barrier, going 55.88 during the last relay of the meet!

Katie Paulson-Smith began her 500 yard freestyle fiercely, going from a 7:07.32 seed time to a 6:36.82!!  Her 200 free swim was equally as powerful, 2:31.00 from a 2:37.24! Go Katie!

Jenny Prince’s final swim as a senior was the 400 yard freestyle relay where she dropped three seconds for a personal best time: 1:05.88!  Her 200 IM was a force to be reckoned with as she cruised down her lane, slicing off four and a half seconds, 2:32.17.

Rebecca Rosen had an exciting meet, swimming 100-fly during her freestyle event, swimming a 1:10.76 despite battling illness and injury through out the last month.  With a big smile on her face, she time trialed the 100 fly (sprinted a 50 fly), swimming her heart out.  The whole team cheered her on behind her lane as she sped down her lane.   Rosen swam her 2nd fastest 50 freestyle time: 29.45 in the 200 freestyle relay as well!

Ayla Staelin-Lefsky could not stop smiling after her 1650- she was determined to hold her pace and race plan and dropped 52 seconds from her mile: 21.53.68!!  Her 500 freestyle and 200 freestyle were equally as impressive; she swam powerfully and smoothly!

Victoria Wu swam personal bests in her 50 freestyle legs, swimming 26.60.  Determined and enthusiastic, Victoria also swam personal bests in her 200 breaststroke: 2:38.4, and 200 IM: 2:27.10.  Great job Vicky Wu!

Congratulations to everyone for all their hard work, dedication, energy, spunk, and camaraderie throughout this past season!  Kim and Amanda are extremely proud of each and every one of the swimmers and divers. 

We are looking forward to hearing back from the NCAA committee about Jenika diving at Nationals!  Fingers crossed until then!

We will miss you next year!

For full results visit the NEWMAC Swimming & Diving site:

For Smith Pioneers article about NEWMACs:

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