SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The calendar says it’s fall, but the Western New England College women’s swimming team will open the school’s winter sports season at the BlueJay Pentathlon Relays at 1:00 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 27) in West Hartford, Connecticut.
WNEC coach Andrea Daley has six freshmen and three sophomores on her 13-member roster, but it’s a team with tremendous potential.
“Our goal heading into the season is personal improvement and success,” says Daley who is in her sixth season.
Heading the list of performers is senior captain Cori Eggert (Denville, NJ) and sophomore Krista Goulet (Saco, ME).
Eggert, who is currently playing on the school’s field hockey team, competes in the breaststroke and butterfly events. She placed third in the 50 butterfly at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Championship last year. Eggert was third on the squad with 175 points in dual meet events a year ago.
Goulet holds the school record in the 400-yard individual medley (5:11.11) and is a multi-event competitor. She was second on the team with 259 points in dual-meet competition. Goulet also finished second in the 50 and 200 backstroke events at the GNAC Championship, and sixth in the 100 individual medley at the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Championship.
Seniors Bailey-Lynn Ingvertsen (Farmington, CT) and Christa Melillo (North Adams, MA), junior Sarah Garner (Glendale, WI), and sophomores Jessica Daluise (Southboro, MA) and Katelyn Skrzypiec (Manchester, CT) are experienced veterans.
The freshmen class features Eryn Brownlee (Montpelier, VT), Brittney Lucibello (Orange, CT), Tiffany Santilli (Southbridge, MA), Samantha Sihelnick (Stockholm, NJ), Isabel Simoes (South Yarmouth, MA), and Aimee Smachetti (Bristol, CT).
Western New England College meets Bridgewater State in its home opener on Saturday, November 3. The Golden Bears also will participate in The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) Championship for the first time on December 8 in Bristol, Rhode Island.