Western New England College opens season at Saint Joseph Blue Jay Pentathlon

Ashley Korbut
Christina Fournier

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The Western New England College women’s swimming team will open its 2006-07 season at the Blue Jay Pentathlon Relays hosted by Saint Joseph College Saturday (Oct. 28) in West Hartford, Connecticut.

“This year’s team has a lot of potential, there is a lot talent,” says fifth-year Golden Bears coach Andrea Daley. “We have more swimmers than last year and several returning standouts.”

Western New England College has another young squad with five sophomores and five freshmen on the 16-member roster.

Heading the list of returnees are senior co-captains Ashley Korbut (South Hadley, MA) and Christina Fournier (Manchester, NH). Korbut competes in the individual medley and freestyle events while Fournier swims in the breaststroke and IM events. A two-year captain, Korbut finished third in the 500 freestyle at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship and was the recipient of the WNEC Coaches Award.

Junior Cori Eggert (Denville, NJ) will join the team after her field hockey season is over. Last year she was second in the 50 butterfly at the GNAC Championship and broke a nine-year-old record in the event at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship with a school record time of 29.49 seconds. Eggert also is a major performer in the team’s relays and various sprint, breaststroke, and butterfly events.

Sophomore Jamie Campo (Port Jefferson, NY) returns another being named the GNAC Rookie-of-the-Year. She is among the top sprint freestyle performers on the team and also competes in the butterfly and IM events. Campo led the Golden Bears in scoring last year (184 points) and was the conference champion in both the 50 and 200 freestyle events. She took third in the 100 freestyle at the NEISDA Championship with a school record time of 57.37 seconds.

Freshmen to watch include Krista Goulet (Saco, ME) in the sprint events and relays, and Katelyn Skryzpiec (Manchester, CT) who will continue the school’s tradition of competitive backstrokers while also competing in the IM and spring freestyle events.

“We hope to break more school records this season, improve on our won-lost record, and challenge for the conference championship in our final season in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference,” stated Daley.

Western New England College opens is home season at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 1) against WPI at the Alumni Healthful Living Center.

Last year Western New England College placed second in the GNAC Championship and 16th at the NEISDA Championship. The Golden Bears were 4-8 in the dual-meet portion of their schedule.