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Springfield College’s Athletes of the Week: Jack Lewis and Jennifer Thompson

Luke Brown
Staff Writer

Jack Lewis

Photo Courtesy www.spfldcol.edu
Photo Courtesy www.spfldcol.edu

Lewis started off his magnificent weekend by winning both the one-meter and three-meter board events on Friday against Williams. He was able to post scores of 304.87 and 285.83, respectively, on the two events. Saturday was much of the same during the tri-meet against Wheaton and Keene State. Lewis won the one-meter with a score of 294.95, and placed second in the three-meter with a score of 285.95. Both of the scores were national-qualifying scores. This week was definitely an incredible week for the junior diver from Durham, N.H., but he’s beginning to string together numerous incredible weeks, as he was named the NEWMAC Diver of the Week for the third consecutive week.

Q. What did it feel like to have such a big weekend?

A. It was a very long weekend after having three meets within a one week span, but I really just had to focus and try to do my best at all of them. It was exciting to see the results of the hard work I’ve been putting in over the last two months of practice.

Q. How were you able to learn from your freshman and sophomore years in order to get off to a good start your junior year?

A. From freshman and sophomore year to now, I have been able to consistently do harder dives well to get bigger scores. Freshman year, I was just starting to do some of these dives, just not very well. So learning to be consistent on these dives is something that has added to success in the start of this year. 

Q. How are you able to maintain focus after four tough losses?

A.  We have faced some very good teams so far in this first half of the season. We just have to look at the bigger picture down the road, which is NEWMACs in the end of February. We are working hard to prepare for that one meet where everything counts.

Jennifer Thompson

Photo Courtesy: www.spfldcol.edu
Photo Courtesy: www.spfldcol.edu

Thompson displayed an impressive week, as the Pride competed in three different meets. On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Thompson was the high scorer on the one-meter board against Smith, as she posted an impressive score of 262.65. Her work continued on the three-meter with a national-qualifying score of 282.07. During Friday’s meet against Williams, Thompson posted a first-place score of 280.34 on the three-meter. With a first-place finish in both the one- and three-meter during the week, Thompson decided to take both on Saturday in the tri-meet against Wheaton and Keene State. The scores of 280.90 and 305.7 respectively were also good enough to be national-qualifying scores. The senior diver from Cheshire, Conn. was named the NEWMAC Diver of the Week for her efforts.

Q. What did it feel like to have such a big weekend?

A. With so many meets last week, I was thrilled that I was able to do so well over the weekend. I’m attempting to keep an injury at bay, so achieving the scores I did while not feeling my best was great. 

Q. How have you been able to learn and improve through your four years for the Pride?

A. As a senior, I’ve come to realize that diving is a sport where mental toughness is just as important as physical ability. Being able to put a bad dive in the back of my mind and move on has been crucial. Pete Avdoulos has been instrumental in my success as well, and I look up to him with the utmost respect. 

Q. How does it feel to be on a top-ranked team in the entire country?

A. Being able to represent Springfield College is, and always has been, an honor for me. The SC swim and dive team has consistently been in the top-ranked teams in the nation, and it goes without saying that everyone is dedicated and determined for success. 

 

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