NEISDA Championships Diving Action

Bentley University Shelly D’Aleo (Enfield, Conn./Suffield Academy) finished second off the one-meter board Saturday during the first day of the diving portion of the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships at UMass-Dartmouth.

D’Aleo, with a score of 387.25 points, finished 62.2 points back of the repeat champion, Kim Schmidt of Westfield State.

Bentley had two others in the top five, with junior Abby Mathews (Chelmsford/Chelmsford HS) taking fourth in 369.85 and freshman Paige Wilde (Naugatuck, Conn./Holy Cross HS) right behind her in fifth (367.70).

On the men’s side, only 7.35 points separated the top four with Christian Francis of UMass-Dartmouth claiming victory with a 402.45. Bentley senior Mike Walsh (South Salem, N.Y./John Jay HS), who won both diving events at last week’s Northeast-10 Championships, was fourth in the eight-man competition, posting a 395.10.

D’Aleo’s second and the fourths recorded by both Mathews and Walsh were identical to their results from the 2010 championships.


Bentley University freshman Paige Wilde (Naugatuck, Conn./ Holy Cross HS) edged out junior teammate Abby Mathews (Chelmsford/Chelmsford HS) to finish second off the three-meter board as the diving portion of the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships concluded at UMass-Dartmouth Sunday.

Wilde captured the silver with a score of 352.30, about three better than bronze-winning Mathews’ 349.15. Kim Schmidt of Westfield State, who captured the one-meter on Saturday, made it a weekend sweep in convincing fashion with a winning score of 434.05.

Junior Shelly D’Aleo (Enfield, Conn./Suffield Academy), Bentley’s top finisher in the one-meter (second overall), was sixth with a 302.25.

In the men’s competition, Bentley senior Michael Walsh (South Salem, N.Y./John Jay HS) was recognized with the Senior Male Diver Award after his second straight fourth-place finish. He accumulated 329.90 points off the three-meter, with UMass-Dartmouth’s Christian Francia claiming gold with an impressive 475.10.

The NEISDA Championships will resume Thursday with the first of three days of swimming at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt.