The Springfield College men’s and women’s swimming teams competed in the Ithaca Invitational this past weekend in Ithaca, New York. After the three-day event, both the men and women earned fifth place finishes.
The men’s steady balance allowed them to hang in there with the top notch talent.
“The team performed pretty well as a whole, everyone stepped up against some pretty high-level competition,” said senior Captain Hayden Cassidy.
Cassidy earned 24th place and a time of 49.45 in the 100 freestyle. Junior Daniel Fay earned ninth place in the 200 back with a time of 1:58.09.
It wasn’t just the upperclassmen that had solid performances; balance was created with freshmen also contributing.
“Many (freshmen) are doing lifetime best performances, and I am excited to see them continue to develop as the year progresses,” said head coach John Taffe.
Four of the twelve freshmen on the men’s team helped the Pride pave the way to the fifth place finish. Roberto Morales finished with a time of 18:16.04 in the 1650 freestyle while Dan Dupuis was right behind him at 18:42.85.
Jimmy Stinehart finished behind Cassidy in the 100 freestyle at the 49.38 mark. Ken Parsons capped off the freshmen frenzy by earning a top seven finish in the 4X100 free relay along with Michael Normoyle, Cassidy, and Fay.
The overall performance put them in a good position moving forward.
“This weekend is a good motivator for us to finish out the semester well, and continue our hard work until February,” said Cassidy. “It also provides confidence for everyone on the team to let them know how good our team can be.”
The women had well-spread out performances as well.
“Many (women) had season-best performances which is all we were hoping for at this point in our season,” said Taffe.
Medeiros qualified for nationals in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. Junior captain Callie Phillips swam efficiently in each of her four events. Phillips teamed up with Scott, Delaney Dyjak, and sophomore Christiana Greco in the 4X100 free relay in order to earn eighth place.
Nicole Scotto and Dyjak both posted solid times in the 100 freestyle. Scotto earned a time of 56.26 with Dyjak right behind her at 56.40.
“The team as a whole excelled this past weekend,” said Phillips. “I’m extremely proud of my teammate’s accomplishments, along with my own.”
With the women not resting before the meet as much as the rest of the competition did, it was expected to put them in a tough spot.
“We did not prepare the same way other teams did for this meet. I was very proud of our women and the way they performed under tough circumstances,” said Taffe.
Along with the men, the women’s performance helped them gain momentum for after winter break.
“This weekend was an extremely exciting way to end the first half of our season,” said Phillips.
Both teams now go look forward to the second half of the season with their long-term goals still in reach.
“Ultimately, we hope to have several people go on to nationals, but more importantly, we want to see everyone perform up to their potential at NEWMACS,” said Taffe. “If that happens, I will be happy.”