Christine Shea, a 2014 graduate of Peabody High School and a senior at Springfield College, qualified for the 2018 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Swimming and Diving Championship to be held in Indianapolis, Ind., from March 21 to 24. At the New England Women’s and Men’s Conference (NEWMAC) championship held last weekend at MIT, during finals on the last day of the championship, in what would have otherwise been her last race as a collegiate athlete, she beat established national qualifiers in the 200-yard breaststroke, came in second, and secured a position in the top 20 Division III women in that event in the United States.
“Christine has focused on NCAAs for four years, “said Tanner Head Coach Maureen Shea, her former coach – and mother. “The fact that she qualified in her last swim at NEWMACs shows just how determined she is as an athlete and as an individual. She never lost hope, and she never gave up. Her race was amazing from the start. She showed everybody what she was made of, and we can’t wait to see what she will do in Indy.”
Christine’s high school record in the 100-yard breaststroke, which still stands, was once held by her older sister, Julie, who is a record holder at St. Michael’s College and just completed her second season as Assistant Coach for the Tanners.
Christine is currently an Applied Exercise Science major and was selected as a member of the Springfield College Athletics Maroon Club for her outstanding performance as a student-athlete. Christine was recognized for her impressive weekend – she was selected as the Springfield College Athletics Maroon Club Female Student-Athlete of the Week.
Shea, a senior Applied Exercise Science major at Springfield College, helped the Pride to a fifth-place finish at the Ithaca College Invitational; she kicked of the weekend with a 15th-place finish in the 200 individual medley, clocking in at 2:14.81, before pacing the 200 medley relay team to a seventh-place finish, registering a time of 1:50.70. Continuing her strong weekend, Shea led the 400 medley relay team to a third-place finish with a combined time of 3:59.51, before the senior claimed fourth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:05.65 and a second-place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:23.02.