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 9-15, it was announced today by the league. Simpson earns the award for the third straight week. The Sharks have had a swimmer named the GNAC's top rookie in each of the four reporting periods this season. First year Kerry Fleming (Northampton, Mass.) earned the honor for the week of October 19-25.
Simpson turned in, arguably, the best week of her young collegiate career, finishing first in a pair of events in a dual meet with visiting Wellesley College on November 14. The first year set a new school and pool record in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:19.43 to finish first in the race by almost 10 seconds. The former record was held since 1999 by Cindy Hoffman. A graduate of Boyertown High School, Simpson began the meet by dominating the 1000-yard freestyle with a mark of 11:08.76 to finish first by nearly 82 seconds. The rookie capped the meet by swimming the third leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay to help Simmons to a second-place showing with a time of 1:42.63.
The Physical Therapy major has been outstanding this season, winning five of the eight individual events that she's entered including a pair of first place finishes in both the 200 and 500-yard freestyle. She also finished second by just one and a half tenths of a second in the 500-yard freestyle at the New England Invitational on November 7.
The Sharks are currently 3-1 on the season and return to the water on Saturday, November 21 when they host University of New England at the Holmes Sports Center at 1:00 p.m.