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Springfield College Athletes of the Week: Eric Hamrick and Christiana Greco

Gabby Maulucci
Sports Editor




Eric Hamrick

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Coming in at 157 lbs., Hamrick is a valuable player for the Springfield College wrestling team.  He put on an impressive performance at the Doug Parker invitational last Saturday where he pinned his first three opponents.  In the title match, Hamrick outscored teammate Dylan Foley, 5-2, who was ranked No. 1 in the country, to win the individual championship.

Q.  As only the fourth SC wrestler to be named the Most Outstanding Wrestler, do you feel any pressure to continue and even better your performance for your team?
A.  I really don’t feel any pressure. Not cutting weight and staying healthy  is resulting in me wrestling well, and I’m really enjoying it. In the past cutting weight all season  has resulted in burning out by the end of the season.

Q. Were you influenced by any of your senior captains when you were an underclassmen that instilled the leadership you possess today?
A. There has been many past wrestlers, not just the captains, that have influenced me over the years. Joey Grippi, Derek Longo, Jeremy Burnths, and Corey Kozimor were a huge influence on me last year, even when they were gone they were still pushing me to get on the podium out at nationals. James Gendler is also a huge role model.

Christiana Greco

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Greco, a sophomore on the Women’s Swimming and Diving team, has had a variety of great performances to begin the season. This past Saturday in a tri-meet with Wheaton and Keene State, Greco, along with her 200-yard medley relay team placed second overall with a time of 1:52.60. Individually, she was the top finisher in both the 100 and 200-m butterfly as she cruised in at 58.80 and 2:13.53

Q. Do you feel that preparation in practice and outside of the meets has fully contributed to your success during meets?
A. Preparation in practice and outside of meets has fully contributed to my success during meets. Our sets in practice are designed to prefect your races at meets. We practice different strategies and techniques to mentally and physically prepare us for meets.

Q. As a sophomore, do you feel you are swimming at a higher-level than last year?
A. As a sophomore, I feel as though I am swimming at a higher-level than last year. I know what to expect this year. My times have improved since last year, which makes me feel excited to see what I can do at NEWMACS when I am tapered. 

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