Women's Swimming and Diving Brings Home Best Finish In Program History At 2017 NCAA Championship

Senior Veronika Jedryka
Senior Veronika Jedryka

THE BASICS:

- Event: 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship

- Results: 5th - 165 points (Final)

- Location: Shenandoah, Texas (Conroe ISD Natatorium)

- The Lead: Behind a school and NEWMAC record from the 400-free relay team tonight, the MIT women's swimming and diving team registered its best finish in program history at the NCAA Division III National Championship. Over four days, the Engineers accumulated 165 points and claimed their sixth straight top-10 finish at nationals. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:


- The 400-free relay team comprised of senior Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.), junior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.) and freshmen Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) and Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio) ended the National Championship with a bang as they touched the wall ninth - first in the consolation final - in a school and NEWMAC record time of 3:24.64 for Honorable Mention All-America honors. The quartet shaved off 2.24-seconds from prelims to accomplish the record breaking swim tonight.

- Individually, Jedryka also earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades in the 200-back as she clocked a time of 2:00.59 for 11th place. The senior finishes her collegiate career as a 24 time All-American and a ten-time Honorable Mention All-American as one of the most decorated student-athletes in program history.

- Junior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) and sophomore Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.) got things started for the Engineers tonight in the meet's longest event the 1650-free. Thielking finished 17th overall in a time of 17:18.57 and registered a personal-best 1000-free split of 10:23.33, while Chambers was 20th overall in 17:22.27 (10:29.94 - 1000-free split).

- P. Wu and classmate Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) also swam collegiate bests in their individual events this morning. P. Wu clocked a time of 52.79 for 48th in the 100-free and Pan touched the wall 25th in the 200-back in a time of 2:04.57.

- Chen's swim in the 200-breast this morning rounded out the list of hightlights for the Engineers this week as she claimed 20th place in a time of 2:20.74.

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