It was slated to be a competition at the pool on Saturday, a battle between the Springfield men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams and the squads representing Keene State and Wheaton.
These teams went to battle on Saturday and put on a show that was simply sensational. The Pride’s win split their day, losing to an inspired Keene State team early, but beating Wheaton by a 154-144 tally later in the afternoon.
On the other hand, the Springfield women opened their day with a blowout win over Wheaton, but ended the afternoon with a close loss to Keene State, 160-138.
For the women, it was a solid showing early from 200 medley relay team consisting of Christina Greco, Nicole Scotto, Delaney Dyjak and Alyssa Carie. The team completed the event in 1:52.60, pacing the Pride throughout the match.
Springfield also recieved contributions from Melanie Avdoulos and Emily Medeiros, who provided solid performances in the 100 breaststroke and a diving event respectively.
On the men’s side, Springfield native Mike Normoyle paced the Pride with two huge first place finishes throughout the afternoon. The junior provided Springfield victories in two separate breaststroke events on the day. Jack Lewis also had a huge day for SC, winning two of his events.
Both teams have been working through tough starts to the season, but they are starting to turn it around. It has been a lot of hard work for two teams looking to establish an identity for themselves, but the results are starting to turn. The women have won two of their last three meets while the men improved to 2-3 on the season.
For both sides, the schedule provides a little recovery time. Each team will get six days off before returning to the pool this Friday against Williams College. The meets take place at 6 p.m. on the road.
*What happened prior to this meet was something that had everyone at Springfield’s Art Linkletter Natatorium a bit shaken up.
A senior diver from Wheaton suffered a seizure while still on the diving board during the National Anthem.
“It was honestly one of the most terrifying things to see,” recalled Springfield’s reigning NEWMAC Diver of the Year, Jack Lewis. “He is a great kid that I’ve known for years now. We are just happy that he didn’t fall into the water because matters would have been much worse.”
Moving away from that horrific occuurance, Lewis earned NEWMAC Weekly Honors for the third straight week in a row.
After victorious performances on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards, Lewis qualified for the NCAA Regional Diving Championship. He ended the day with a 328.45 on the 1-meter and 310.70 on the 3-meter.*
Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Schedule
Friday, November 21 vs. Williams, 6 p.m.
December 6-7 @ Ithaca Invitational
Saturday, January 10 vs. Middlebury, 1 p.m.
Sunday, January 11 vs. Hartwick @ Union, 1 p.m.