Seven Members of Tufts University Women's Swimming & Diving Team Earn 2012 NESCAC Honors Six Tufts University women's swimmers and head coach Nancy Bigelow today were recognized on the 2012 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference Team.
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Six Tufts University women's swimmers and head coach Nancy Bigelow today were recognized on the 2012 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) All-Conference Team. Swimming honors go to the top three finishers in each event.
Senior co-captain Courtney Adams (Lake Forest, IL) earned All-NESCAC accolades for the third time in her career. Sophomores Mia Greenwald (Park City, UT) and Jenny Hu (Oakland, CA) are both two-time honorees. First-year Kathryn Coniglio (Branchburg, NJ), first-year Sam Sliwinski (Weymouth, MA) and senior Paulina Ziolek (Londonderry, NH) each receive the honor for the first time.
For the second time in her career, Bigelow was selected as the conference's Coach of the Year. The first time came in 2009.
Hu was All-NESCAC in three events at the 2012 championship meet held at Wesleyan University this past weekend (Feb. 17-19). She was Tufts' top individual performer with runner-up finishes in the 50 breaststroke (29.83) and the 100 breaststroke (1:05.78). Both times were new school records, while the 100 was an NCAA B cut. Hu also swam the second leg in the 200 medley relay, which placed third with a 1:45.83 time, which was also a school record and national qualifier.
Greenwald's third in the 50 butterfly with a finish of 25.68 seconds was the only other individual All-NESCAC effort for Tufts. She was also the third leg of the 200 medley relay.
Adams and Sliwinski were both a part of two top-three relays. Sliwinski led off the 200 medley foursome and Adams was the anchor. In the 200 freestyle relay, which was the runner up at the meet with a time of 1:36 flat, Adams led off and Sliwinski was second.
Also on the 200 free relay, Ziolek was third and Coniglio was the anchor to garner their All-Conference honors. That relay notched a school-record time and NCAA B cut.
Bigelow's squad challenged for second place at the conference meet. They were second after the first and second days of the championship before finishing third. Tufts has now placed third at the NESCAC meet in two consecutive years. This year's team broke or tied 11 school records and swam seven national B times.