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Coast Guard Academy Swimmers Place Second, Fourth In Championship

Bears compete in NEWMAC competition

The following information was provided by Jason Southard, sports information director at the Coast Guard Academy:

Coast Guard placed second for the fourth straight season at the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championships.

MIT successfully defended the championship as the Engineers led from start to finish to claim the 2012 title. MIT won its fifth straight title, scoring 1,219 points. The Bears finished second with 735 points.

Three of the Bears relay teams earned All-conference honors with second place finishes.

Senior Johnson Knox has been part of all three relay teams that earned All-conference this weekend.

The 200 freestyle relay team of freshman Christian Brindamour and seniors Knox, Brian McGuiness and Dan Beshoar place second in 1:23.83.

The 400 medley relay team of seniors Bryan Andrews, Knox, Preston Strobel and McGuiness were second with a time of 3:27.44.

The 200 medley relay of Beshoar, freshman Derrian Duryea, Strobel and Knox placed second with a time of 1:33.31.

Also for the Bears, junior Kevin Smit broke the school record in the 200 IM with a time an NCAA “B” cut time of 1:53.99 to place fifth.

In the women's competition, the Coast Guard placed fourth. MIT won with 960 points, Springfield was second (821.5), Wellesley was third with 430 points while the Bears finished with 353.5 points.

Sophomore Chantel Ferguson and senior Heidi Gayman each earned All-conference honors with top two finishes so far in the championship.

Ferguson placed second in the 400 IM with a time of 4:37.60 and broke the school record in the 200 IM with a time a time of 2:09.27 to place third.

Gayman placed second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:54.42.

Also for the Bears, freshman Sara Cantrell broke the school record on the one-meter board with a score of 381.35 to place seventh.

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