No. 8 Women's Swimming and Diving Edged By No. 10 Amherst On Senior Day

No. 8 Women's Swimming and Diving Edged By No. 10 Amherst On Senior Day

THE BASICS:

Score: No. 10 Amherst College 171.5, No. 8 MIT 128.5

Records: No. 8 MIT (5-5), No. 10 Amherst College (6-1)

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

The Lead: In its final dual meet of the 2018 season, the No. 8 MIT women's swimming and diving team fell to No. 10 Amherst College by a score of 171.5-128.5 on Saturday afternoon in Cambridge. Prior to the meet, the Engineers honored seniors Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.) and Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.) for their contributions towards the program over the past four years.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Sophomore Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.), freshman Kailey Allen (Tacoma, Wash.), sophomore Lilia Staszel (Brighton, Mich.) and Chen kicked off the meet with a second place finish in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:49.07, while freshman Caroline Kenton (West Chester, Pa.), classmate Sarah Nichols (Wilmette, Ill.) and sophomores Delaney Burns (Scituate, Mass.) and Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished fourth in 1:50.50.

- Individually, four different Engineers won events in the pool. Thielking claimed first in the 1000-free in 10:35.16 and second in the 500-free in 5:13.41, Chen finished first in both the 100-breast (1:06.18) and the 200-breast (2:24.08), Allen touched the wall first in the 200-fly in an NCAA "B" cut time of 2:05.32 and claimed second in the 100-fly in 58.82, and Staszel won the 50-free (24.50) and placed second in the 100-free (53.43).

- On top of her relay swim, Nichols posted a pair of second place finishes in both the 100-breast (1:06.78) and the 200-breast (2:24.41) and then took seventh in the 200-IM (2:16.59). Freshman Hannah Mahaffey (Lawrenceville, Ga.) also put together a trio of strong individual swims as she came clocked a time of 1:56.20 for second in the 200-free, a time of 2:09.81 for third in the 200-back and a time of 2:12.88 for third in the 200-IM.

- Holman registered a third place finish in the 100-back in a time of 1:00.41 and a fourth place finish in the 100-fly in a time of 1:00.27, P. Wu took third in the 50-free in 24.63 in her only individual swim of the day and junior Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.) rounded out the individual highlights for MIT as she touched the wall fourth in the 1000-free in 10:48.21.

- Staszel, freshman Ashley Pearson (Stafford, Va.), Holman and Chen clocked a time of 3:34.46 for second place in the 400-free relay to close the meet.

- In the diving well, the Engineers registered six scores above the NCAA Division III Diving Regional standards which included two by both sophomore Blake Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) and freshman Deborah Wen (Honolulu, Hawaii). Wen won the 3-meter board with 296.10 points and finished third on the 1-meter board with 262.19 points, while Zhou came in second on the 1-meter board (285.60) and third on the 3-meter board (268.88). Juniors Dolly Payne (Los Alamitos, Calif.) and Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.) also posted NCAA qualifying scores on the 1-meter board as Matranga finished fourth (261.14) and Payne finished fifth (259.64).

UP NEXT:

- MIT concluded its dual meet schedule this afternoon, but will next be in action on Thursday, February 22 when the Engineers host the annual New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship inside the Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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