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Paige named NESCAC Rookie of the Year at league meet

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Colby College first-year Addie Paige capped off a record-breaking weekend by being named the New England Small College Athletic Conference Women's Swimming Rookie of the Year on Sunday at the league meet.

Paige (pictured) broke three school records during the conference championship meet at Wesleyan University. She showed off her versatility Sunday by breaking the 1,650-yard freestyle record and the 200 butterfly school mark.
 
"I am so pleased for Addie. She has been dedicated in her training all year and is a passionate competitor," Colby head coach Tom Burton said. "Her two fourth-place finishes, NCAA B-cut, and three Colby records stand out; however, her efforts and performances on our relays was equally impressive.  I look forward to seeing what she can achieve over the next three years."  
 
Paige, the first Colby women's swimmer to earn the rookie honor since it started in 2013, broke a 31-year-old school record by Colby great Sally White '91. Paige had a time of 17 minutes, 17.35 seconds to beat the 1988 record of White (17:19.55). The time also was an NCAA 'B' cut qualifying clocking and she finished fourth overall in the race.
 
Colby teammate Lacey Wright also swam well in the 1,650, finishing in 12th place in 17:36.69. She was just three seconds off an NCAA 'B' cut qualifying time.
 
White held the school records in the 500 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle, and 1,650 until 2011 when Mandy Ferguson '12 broke the 1,000  mark. Paige broke the 1,000 record Saturday with a 10:21.76. White still holds the 500 record, but Paige did swim the second-fastest time in the event Friday.
 
Paige's third school record came with a 2:08.11 in the 200 butterfly. She beat the old record of 2:08.56 set in 2013 by Kathryn Lee '13. Paige was non-scoring for the event, racing as exhibition.
 
In diving Sunday, Steph Fawell took 11th place on the 3-meter board with 324.75 points and Kirsten Johnston was 15th at 284.50.
 
Abigail Taylor-Roth had a nice finish of 14th in her final race at Colby in the 200 breaststroke. She finished with a time of 2:27.13.
 
Colby's 400 freestyle relay team of Olivia Hammer-Grant, Georganna Benedetto, Katie Tuohy, and Paige took ninth in 3:33.94.
 
Colby finished ninth overall in the meet.