WINTHROP, Mass. – Simmons College women's swimmer Laura Simpson (Perkiomenville, Pa.) was named the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Corvias Women's Swimming & Diving Rookie of the Week for the week of November 2-8, it was announced today by the league. The honor marks the second straight week that Simpson has earned the award.
Simpson finished second by just one and half tenths of a second in the 500-yard freestyle at the New England Invitational on November 7 in Worcester, Mass, hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a time of 5:24.38, which was less than five seconds off of the school record. The Boyertown High School product also placed ninth out of 50 competitors in the 200-yard freestyle with a mark of 2:01.97. The rookie was a part of the 400-yard freestyle relay squad that placed sixth out of 39 teams with a time of 3:47.63 and helped the 200-yard freestyle relay team place seventh out of 39 squads with a mark of 1:42.94.
For the season, Simpson has won three of six individual events that she's entered, including a pair of 200-yard freestyle events and a 500-yard freestyle race.
The Sharks return to competition on Saturday, November 14 when they host Wellesley College at 1:00 p.m. at the Holmes Sports Center Natatorium. Prior to that, Simmons will participate in the 10th annual Ted Mullin Hour of Power for the eighth straight year on October 10. The Sharks will join thousands of athletes from collegiate, high school, and club teams across the nation and abroad to celebrate the 10th Annual Ted Mullin "Leave it in the Pool" Hour of Power Relay for Sarcoma Research, sponsored by Carleton College swimming and diving teams.