Chen Smashes 200 Breast School Record as Women's Swimming and Diving Finishes Second at Winter Invite

Chen Smashes 200 Breast School Record as Women's Swimming and Diving Finishes Second at Winter Invite

THE BASICS:

Event: 2017 MIT Winter Invitational

Results: 2nd of 7 (points)

Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)

The Lead: MIT women's swimming and diving senior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.) broke the program record in the 200-breast this morning during prelims with a time of 2:19.62 and then bettered her time with a first place finish and an NCAA "B" cut mark of 2:18.17 tonight as she guided the Engineers to a second place finish at the annual Winter Invitational. Chen's school record was the second one she had broken this weekend as she also topped the mark in the 100-breast yesterday.

NYU took home the team title with 1269.5 points, with MIT in second (1195.5), Tufts University in third (1065), RPI in fourth (748), Wheaton College in fifth (650), Wellesley College in sixth (312) and Keene State College in seventh (282).

HOW IT HAPPENED:


- Chen was the previous record holder in the 200-breast with an old mark of 2:19.66, which she set back during the 2015-16 season. The senior topped her time with a pair of NCAA "B" cuts on the final day of the Invite with a time of 2:19.62 this morning and 2:18.17 tonight.

- Chen teamed up with sophomore Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.), freshman Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.) and sophomore Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio) for a first place finish and an NCAA "B" cut time in the 200-medley relay tonight with a mark of 1:45.16. The "B" team of sophomore Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), freshman Sara Nicholas (Wilmette, Ill.), sophomore Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) and classmate Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) also had a strong swim in the first event as the quartet clocked a time of 1:46.65 this morning and 1:46.73 for fourth place tonight.

- Allen went on to finish first in the 100-fly with an NCAA "B" cut time of 56.54 as she took 0.14-seconds off her time from this morning to earn the qualifying mark. Classmate Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) finished third in the 100-fly behind Allen in 56.96 and Holman finished tenth in 58.81 to round out the successful finals heat for the Engineers.

- Nichols also registered an individual NCAA "B" cut in the 200-breast as she swam a time of 2:22.42 this morning and took third in the finals heat in 2:23.72.

- Holman, Staszel, Mahaffey and Chen registered the final cut time for the Engineers tonight in the 400-free relay as the quartet finished first in a time of 3:29.79.

- Individually, senior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) shaved over seven seconds off her times in the 500-free between sessions today as she clocked a 5:12.19 this morning and finished third overall in the event in 5:05.14. Staszel also took some time off of her swim in the 100-free as she swam a 52.76 this morning and 52.72 tonight to finish second in the event.

UP NEXT:

- MIT is off until after the New Year as the Engineers will host the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for a dual meet on Saturday, January 13 at 1:00 p.m.

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